Robert Alonzo Fayard III
1937 - 2021
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Robert Alonzo Fayard III
January 18, 1937 - January 19, 2021
Ocean Springs, Mississippi - The day after his 84th birthday Robert, "Bob", "Rock" Alonzo Fayard III, of Ocean Springs, MS passed into the promised care of his savior Jesus Christ, having placed his faith and trust in Him.
Robert was born on January 18, 1937, in Biloxi, MS to R. A. Fayard and Joan Ella Broussard Fayard. Robert grew up working under the tutelage of his dad at Leckich and Fayard Seafood Co., Inc. He graduated from Biloxi High School in 1955 and earned a B.S. degree in accounting and business administration from the University of Southern MS in 1960. At Southern he was a member of Delta Sigma Pi, professional business administration fraternity, and the University band. Robert retired from a 32-year civil service career, having worked for the U.S. Air Force at Brookley AFB in Mobile, AL; NASA at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL and the U.S. Navy at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, MS; retiring as a Contracting Officer in 1994. Following that retirement, he went back into the seafood industry. After his father passed away, he and his siblings operated R.A. Fayard Seafood Co, Inc. for several years.
Robert was a dedicated husband and father whose life exemplified his faith. He served as a coach in youth sports when his children were participating in t-ball and flag football. Serving in his church, First Baptist Church of Ocean Springs was a joy in his life. He served in many capacities over the years: deacon, Sunday school teacher, sanctuary choir, handbell choir, trustee, and kitchen worker for men's ministry taking his young son with him for a time, and later years weekly church wide meals. Robert also led a weekly men's bible study in his home for many years.
Robert was an avid bowler also, bowling the first 300 game in league bowling at Gaude' Lanes on Keesler AFB and; later being elected to the MS Gulf Coast Bowlers Hall of Fame. He participated for 37 years in the annual ABC (later USBC) Open Championships held throughout the U.S. Robert also enjoyed playing golf locally and in the annual PGA National Amateur Golf tournaments.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and 1 sister, Jo Ann Martin.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Geraldine Shepard Fayard; daughter, Angela Fayard; son, Robert Fayard IV; and 1 brother, Michael D. Fayard; all of Ocean Springs.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to First Baptist Church of Ocean Springs building fund, or wait until the later memorial service.
Due to Covid-19 the family is having a private funeral. A memorial service will be announced and held at a later date once conditions improve. Bradford-O'Keefe Funeral Home, Ocean Springs is honored to serve the Fayard family. View and sign online tribute at

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Published in The Sun Herald on Jan. 24, 2021.
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January 26, 2021
Robert is a true man of God.
I am blessed to have known him.
May God's Psalm 91 protection, comfort, healing, and peace be over his family.
Ken Bishop
January 24, 2021
Webster’s Dictionary needs to change the definition of Friend to only two words. Robert Fayard. James
James barnette
January 24, 2021
Over the years attending FBCOS, Bob and his family became dear friends to me and Melva. I think of him often. Praying for the family.
Charlie and Melva Emerson
January 22, 2021
I had the pleasure of working with Bob in the 1970’s and 1980’s at SUPSHIP Pascagoula. He was such a good man. Praying for comfort and peace for his family. I know he will be missed.
Patty Smith
January 22, 2021
My deepest sympathy goes out to you, Geraldine, Rob, Angela and family. I have had the pleasure of being together with you and your family and have heard many pleasant memories of Robert. May he rest in peace.
Rosalie Jacobsen
January 24, 2021
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