Mrs. Eula Faye Johnson Taunton, aged 72, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017 in Montgomery, Ala.
Faye is survived by her husband of 53 years, Rev. Harold Taunton of Letohatchee, Ala,, her son Harold Jr. Taunton and wife Carol of Freeport Fla., her daughter, Candy Taunton McKenney and husband Jeff of Letohatchee, Ala., her sister, Betty Joann Brigman of Gulf Breeze Fla., and her grandchildren, Cameron James Williams and wife Tiffany of Freeport, Fla., Ashley Capri Taunton of Freeport, Fl, Dylan Bryce McKenney of Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Cody Lane Taunton of Freeport, Fla., Faye is also survived by many nieces, nephews, church families and friends.
Faye is preceded in death by her Father, Rev. Ruell Johnson of Freeport, Fla., Mother, Lovey Hardy Ziel Johnson of Freeport, Fla., sister Irene Ziel Shaw Garrett of Freeport, Fla., sister Lovey Molena Johnson Helton of Freeport, Fla. brother Lawrence “Bo” Johnson of Freeport, Fla., and brother Henry Mark Johnson of Freeport, Fla.
Faye was born on Aug. 10, 1945 in DeFuniak Springs, Fla. She grew up in Freeport, graduating from Walton Sr. High School in 1963. She and Harold married in December of 1964 and after living at Camp Lejeune, N.C., they moved back to Freeport to live and raise their family. Faye was a beloved Pastor’s wife for 40 years but more than merely carrying the title, she was a true partner to Harold, teaching Sunday School, picking up children on church vans, leading teen groups on crazy field trips and most of all, being a genuine friend and mentor to each person she came into contact with. Along with Harold, Faye is responsible for leading countless people to know Jesus, perhaps her greatest accomplishment.
Faye loved people. She thoroughly enjoyed being with friends and family, laughing and cutting up, just having fun. She loved pretty things, traveling and marathon shopping trips. She was a wonderful Granny Faye, Momma, wife, daughter and sister, going out of her way to make those around her feel loved. One of Faye’s greatest joys in life was spending time with her four precious grandchildren. Whether “wrestling”, playing “balloon” or having dance contests in the middle of the livingroom, they had fun doing it.
Faye touched the lives of many people over the years, the stories of which are neverending. She will be remembered as a fun loving, generous, funny, kind person who, above all else, loved her family and Jesus Christ with every ounce of her being and is no doubt basking in his loving embrace even as we grieve her loss here on earth.
`A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 at Freeport Assembly of God Church, located on Hwy. 331 S in Freeport Fl. There was a time of visitation and fellowship preceding the service, from 12-2. Officiants will be Rev. Roy Carroll, Rev. Tony McCullough and Rev. Mark Jakelsky. All were invited and welcomed to attend and celebrate Faye’s life.
Arrangements and services were under the direction of Davis-Wat- kins Funeral Home and Crematory.