Faith Swanstrom Turnipseed
Sep 30, 2014 - Mar 1, 2014
Warner Robins, Georgia- Faith Swanstrom Turnipseed died Sunday, March 02, 2014 at the age of 92. She loved her community, her church and her family. A memorial service is planned for 3:00pm Saturday, March 15, 2014, at First Presbyterian Church in Warner Robins, with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations in Faith's honor may be made to the church.
Faith was a longtime resident of Warner Robins, but was born September 30, 1921, in Foley, Alabama, the eldest daughter of Adrian G. and Marie L. Swanstrom. After her graduation from Foley High School she took a job in a local bank for two years before attending Montreat (N.C.) Junior College. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Alabama, and received a Master's degree in Religious Education at the General Assembly's Training School for Lay Workers (now the Union/Presbyterian School of Christian Education) in Richmond, Virginia.
Faith worked as the Director of Christian Education for Mobile Presbytery and met her husband, James W. Turnipseed Jr., in Mobile, Alabama. There they built their house and began to build their family, welcoming a new son and daughter. Jim was employed at Brookley Air Force Base, and upon its closure the family moved to Warner Robins in 1967. In Mobile they were members of Community Presbyterian Church and they became members of First Presbyterian Church in Warner Robins. Faith and her husband were deeply involved in church and community activities in both Mobile and Warner Robins. Faith had been a Girl Scout leader, a Cub Scout den mother and had taught Sunday school and Vacation Bible School. In Warner Robins she was very active in Church Women United and was a long-time member of the Board of Warner Robins Day Care Center. To help support the Day Care Center, she established the Bargain Box Thrift Store, which she managed for eleven years.
She served on Presbytery's Hunger, Justice and Peace Committee for many years as she was deeply committed to those issues. The couple also had volunteered as tutors in an adult literacy program and with the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program. Faith was a strong person who never had any doubts about right and wrong and was a living embodiment of compassion and empathy. She had a steadfast adherence to a moral compass through her belief in Christ that will continue to serve as a guide to many.
Faith was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, who died in 2009, and by two sisters, Maryda Colowick of Nashville, Tennessee, and Irma Irvin of Mobile. Among her survivors are a son and daughter-in-law: James W. and Jeanne Turnipseed of Antioch, Tennessee; a daughter: Mary F. Turnipseed of Atlanta; a brother and sister-in-law: Adrian and Evalee Swanstrom of Foley; a grandson: Leighton Peak; and great-granddaughter: Andi Lynn Peak of Boynton Beach, Florida; a grand-daughter: Laurie Bratton of Nashville; many nieces and nephews; and by her beloved dog Stryker, now of Antioch and Atlanta.
Bridges Funeral Home and Crematory in Gray has charge of arrangements. Please visit the online memorial at: www.bridgesfh.com.
Published in The Telegraph from Mar. 6 to Mar. 9, 2014
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