Dorris Kirk Faver (1918 - 2017)

  • "Doris was a special lady. We enjoyed many a laugh with her..."
    - Tom Holubik

Lubbock- Dorris Kirk Faver was born in Hutchinson County, Nov. 7, 1918, died Sep. 19, 2017, at Carillon House, Lubbock, just six weeks short of her 99th birthday. Her parents were among the earliest homesteaders in NW Texas; Dorris was the youngest of nine children. Reared in the ranching and farming environment--interests she maintained all her life-her intellect, talents and natural diplomacy led her to much wider fields of activity.

From Holt School, near the farm, and high school in Spearman, she earned her BA and MA from Texas Tech. Her undergraduate major was in Speech and Theater, with a minor in music, and she remained active in these fields as performer or patron. She was a member of the dramatic quartet whose performance opened the new theater on campus.

In 1940, she married James Herschel Maxey and they had two children: daughter Harriett, and son, James Benjamin. She became active in civic/social organizations: the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, Lubbock Junior League and the Lubbock Women's Club. She was engaged, too, in the music programs of her church where she was the principal soloist of the choir. She was a great hostess. She often gave a cocktail or dinner party for the guest performers of the LSO.

When that marriage dissolved, she returned to Tech, earning her MA in Speech, and was appointed a faculty position in that department. Her specialty was Business and Professional Speech. She was also named the Advisor to all international students and these young men and women were regular guests in her home.

In 1965, she married Col. Dudley E. Faver, Wing Commander of Reese Air Force Base. At the Science Spectrum, in Lubbock, the Dudley and Dorris Faver Gallery of Flight commemorates both the history of modern aviation and their role in it. They traveled extensively to military bases at home and abroad, but the most significant posts they occupied were two stints at the Pentagon and the command post of TUSLOG in Ankara, Turkey, 1969-71. From Turkey, they traveled extensively through Europe and North Africa.

General Faver retired from the military in 1980, and they returned to Lubbock. General Faver died in 2011. Shortly after his death, Dorris moved into the Carillon complex. Her family is immensely grateful to the staff at Carillon and to Dorris' many wonderful friends there and at St. Paul's Episcopal Church for the love, laughter and support she has enjoyed through these last years of her life. We are especially appreciative of the loving care and companionship given by Kristi Macke who was her guiding hand during these final weeks.

Dorris is survived by her son James B. Maxey (wife, Diane) of Fallbrook, CA, her daughter, Harriett Fields (husband, Ronald) of Tacoma, WA, grandchildren Rachel and Hannah, and great-grandchildren Cassidy, Jessica and Thomas.

She is interred at Holt Cemetery, Hutchinson County, with her parents, her brothers and sisters.
Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal from Oct. 1 to Oct. 2, 2017