Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Faircloth, 83, will be 2 PM Saturday at Allen Chapel AME Church with Rev. Nathan Mugala, Pastor, officiating. Interment will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. Calling hours are from 5-8:30 PM, today (Fri, June 13) at RJ Gainous Funeral Home and from 12:30 PM until service time at the church on Saturday. Mrs. Faircloth was born on Dec. 13, 1930 in Valdosta, GA to the late William Spikes and Gussie Jones. She was raised in Valdosta, and at the age of 13 moved to Daytona Bch. Mary is affectionately known as "Liz" or "Lova" by her contemporaries. Mary passed away on Tues., June 3, 2014 at Jefferson County Memorial Hospital in West Virginia, where she was residing for the past 3 years. She deemed education to be extraordinarily significant in both her and her children's lives. She attended the public schools of Valdosta, GA where she spent most of her childhood. In 1943, her family relocated to Daytona Bch. She attended and graduated from the old Campbell Street High School. She began her college education at Daytona Beach Junior College and later received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Bethune-Cookman College. She later obtained her Master's Degree from Nova Southeastern University, and started her career as a Math teacher at Miami Northwestern Senior High School, Miami, FL. In 1960, she returned to Daytona Bch to continue her teaching career at Campbell Junior High School, where she was a Math teacher and Administrative Assistant. In the fall of 1990 she became the Dean of Students at Mainland Senior High School, and later Dean of Students at Silver Sands Middle School, eventually, retiring from the school system in 1993. Liz's love for hats led her to open her own establishment in the Volusia Mall, known as "Hats By LIZ". Liz inspired all of her children and grandchildren to attend college, because of her educational legacy and passion thereof. She had an unconditional, never ending love for her immediate and extended family and friends, and was dedicated to her grandchildren. She leaves to cherish her memory, 6 daughters: Bobbie Mitchell, Wilma Hawkins, Dr. Deborah Wilder (Douglas), Chonita Franklin (Kenneth), Daydrea Gordon (Bobby), Valica Faircloth, and her 4 sons: Theodore Faircloth (Belinda), Brett Faircloth, Brian Faircloth and Patrick Faircloth. Also, left to cherish her memory are 23 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, and a host of family and friends. Condolences may be shared with the family at www.rjgainousfuneralhome.com.
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Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on June 13, 2014