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Faye Johnson

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JOHNSON, Faye Faye Johnson, Mother of Modern Round Rock What do the Round Rock public library, the Agape Foundation, McNeil Overpass bat colony, Round Rock City Park, and American Legion Post 447 all have in common? The elbow grease of Dorothy Faye Johnson. Johnson (92), of Round Rock, passed away on January 2, 2019. Faye was born to James Russell Smith and Nellie Gay Ingram in Alabama on May 5th, 1926. Faye spent her youth working at mills in urban Alabama to pay her way through school, miles away from the rest of her family. She met Charles August Johnson, of Travis County, at the roller skating rink her mother ran in Birmingham, Alabama, just before he became a sharp shooter in WWII. Their love letters would carry them through the war, after which they would marry in 1944 in Tallapoosa County, Alabama. They settled in Round Rock in 1956. Charles ran the Tap and Texaco downtown for decades, while Faye served as a social worker and attendance aide for the Round Rock school district for 39 years. Faye's service to education was not limited to her day job: she felt the path to social equality lie through education. As matriarch of her family, she led by example: Faye returned to school to finish her associate's degree at the age of 63. Her efforts during the formative years of the community of Round Rock laid the foundation for current day downtown. She helped to start the public library when she and the members of her home demonstration club manned the bookmobile on summer afternoons. She also supported youth interests in political science in particular; encouraging and assisting attendance at Texas Girls and Boys' states and other leadership programs for decades. Faye loved Round Rock, and worked to clean up Brushy creek, including campaigning to protect native species such as the Brushy Creek turtles and beloved McNeil overpass bat colonies. Always a champion for women's and veterans' rights, Faye was fundamental to not only the Round Rock Agape Foundation, but also the local American Legion Auxiliary, for which she held many offices. Faye was an active member of Round Rock First Baptist Church from 1956 until her death. She especially loved teaching English to recent immigrants as she taught them elementary sewing skills. Whether you knew it or not, most of you probably saw Faye selling poppies, posting flags, or preparing care packages for our troops over the years. Faye was recognized many times for her services over the years. Faye Johnson is preceded in death by her parents, Russell Smith and Nellie Gay Ingram Smith Williams; her husband, Charles August Johnson, Sr.: her children, Charles August Johnson, Jr. and Charlotte Labit; brother Bobby Smith, and sisters Audrey Noelle and Thelma Boyette. Johnson is survived by: daughters Vickie Connally of Elgin, Texas and Gaynelle Stein and husband Chris of Columbus, Texas; brother Jim Smith and wife Ruiko of Anaheim, California; grandchildren Charles August Johnson and wife Tanisha, Joe Johnson and wife Monica, Gwen Curry and husband Jody, Ford Stein and fiancée Serena Remmers, Charlotte Ingram Stein, Amelia Hight, Abraham Connally and wife Josie, Dr. Emily Lea Connally and husband John Puplett, and Forrest Connally and fiancée Meghan McLaughlin: great grandchildren Amber Beckermann, Shelby Johnson, Dustin Johnson, Holly McLean, Christa Norman, Travis Norman, Leo Connally, Nick Connally, Charles August Johnson, Jackson Johnson, Thomas Puplett, and Augusta Puplett. Pallbearers will be Charles August Johnson, Joe Johnson, Abraham Connally, Forrest Connally, Ford Stein, and Dustin Johnson. Honorary pallbearers will be Chris Stein, Gwen Curry, Emily Connally, Amelia Hight, and Charlotte Stein. Memorials may be given to the Agape Foundation in Round Rock or the Round Rock Public Library. The family of Faye Johnson wishes to extend our sincere thanks to the staff of The Cottages at Chandler Creek in Round Rock Funeral Services will be held in First Baptist Church Round Rock on Sunday, January 6, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.
Published in Austin American-Statesman from Jan. 5 to Jan. 12, 2019
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