Faye Jay (1925 - 2014)

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Faye Nix Jay


Faye Nix Jay, 88, widow of Sidney Lanier Jay, passed away Thursday, March 20, 2014. Born in Pickens on June 7, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Claude Baker Nix and Clara Grogan Nix; she and her brother were the youngest of three sets of twins. Surviving are her children, Sidney Jay of Concord, NC, Jonathan Jay of Fort Walton, FL and Julia Jay Sheran and husband John of Greenville, SC; also, her grandchildren Jena, Shanna, Justin, Cody, David, Lauren, Leslie and Stephanie; and seven great grandchildren. Surviving members of her immediate family are her twin brother Ray and wife Sadie, brother James, and sister-in-law Hazel Jay Christian. In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by her three sisters; Edith Nix Few, Ethel Nix Ellenburg and Janie Nix Hughes.

Faye was a graduate of Spartanburg Junior College and Winthrop College, and attended Furman University for graduate studies. Her teaching career began at Parker High School and ended with her retirement from Christ Church Episcopal School. Overall she taught more than fifty years, twenty six of those at CCES. She received the Mary B. Roper award, which is given by the CCES alumni association to a teacher who has been an exemplary influence, and who continues to show enthusiastic support for the community. Faye loved to travel and spent many of her summer vacations conducting tours of Europe with many of her students. She also traveled extensively with her husband Sidney. She was an enthusiastic gardener and her home was a showcase for many tours, as well as the annual neighborhood Easter egg hunt.

She was a member of Earle Street Baptist Church. When she wasn't involved with family and teaching, she was a member of several organizations: The Gridley Club where she was past president, DAR, PEO, Greenville Women's Club, The Legal Auxiliary and Greenville County Republican Women's Club where she recently received the 2013 Greenville County Republican Women Achievement award.

Visitation will be held Monday March, 24, 2013 from 12:30 p.m. until 2:15 p.m. at Earle Street Baptist Church with the funeral service following at 2:30 p.m. in the church. Private burial will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Earle Street Baptist Church, 225 W. Earle Street, Greenville, SC 29609 or the .

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Journey Hospice for their care and support.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.thomasmcafee.com.

Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, Downtown.

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Published in The Greenville News on Mar. 23, 2014
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