CHARLOTTE - Faye Eugenia Stroupe Best died Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 following a lengthy illness.
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She was born Jan. 9, 1926 to the late Henry and Wilma Arthurs Stroupe in Dallas, and was a 1943 graduate of Dallas High School and a 1944 graduate of Evans College of Business in Gastonia.
Following her graduation she was employed by Public Service Natural Gas in Gastonia for several years. She married James Frederick Best of Dallas on Aug. 30, 1949 who survives.
After her children entered elementary school, Faye returned to school earning her A.A. from Sandhills Community College, and B.A. and M.Ed. from Pembroke State University. Following her graduation from Pembroke she was employed for many years as a reading specialist by the Hoke County School system.
After retiring she served as a volunteer with the Hoke Literacy Council. Faye spent most of her adult life in Raeford, NC where she was an active member of Raeford Presbyterian Church, the Raeford Women's Club and Chaminade Music Club. As a member at Raeford Presbyterian Church she was a member of the John Calvin Sunday School class, the Handbell Choir, served as Bible study leader and as chair of her circle and as President of Women of the Church who later recognized her with a Life Membership. She also served as Enabler for the Women of the Church for the Coastal Carolina Presbytery. Following her move to Charlotte in 2007, Faye transferred her membership to Matthews Presbyterian Church.
In addition to her husband, Faye is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Martin and Janie Best of Matthews; two daughters and sons-in-law, Joanna and Wesley Huggins of Yadkinville, NC and Janet and James Pyatt of Mount Airy, NC; brother and sister-in-law, Lamar and Jean Stroupe of Dallas; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012 at Holy Communion Lutheran Church, Dallas (the church of Faye's childhood) with the Rev. William Pederson and the Rev. Dave Drysdale officiating. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Gardens in Mount Holly.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Matthews Presbyterian Church, Raeford Presbyterian Church or Hospice and Palliative Care of Charlotte.
The family would like to thank the staff at Carriage House and of Hospice and Palliative Care of Charlotte for their loving care during her illness.
Online condolences may be made at: www.carothersfuneralhomedallas.com.
Dallas Funeral Home is serving the Best family.
Published in Gaston Gazette on Dec. 3, 2012