Helen D. Faris

August 4, 2022

Former teacher Helen D. Faris departed this life on August 4, 2022 for the bliss of heaven. She was born in Salisbury, North Carolina on October 11, 1926 as the daughter of M.L. Davis and Alice Williams Davis and as the younger sister of Bob Davis who predeceased her. Her husband of 34 years Mack Faris preceded her in death in 1984.

Helen attended Peace College and Davidson College before graduating in 1947 from UNC Chapel Hill where she later received her Master’s degree. She enjoyed many years of devoted teaching in Lexington, Virginia, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Williamsburg, Virginia and Panama City Florida.

When she moved to Lexington, Virginia as a new teacher in 1947 she met her future husband, Mack Faris, whom she married on February 18, 1950. Born in Lexington were her two children who both survive her. Daughter Anne Schram and her husband Jim live in California as do four of Helen's grandchildren and her 10 great-grandchildren.

Helen's son Doug Faris and his wife Patricia are residents of Charlotte. Their daughter Elizabeth, a graduate of Elon, lives in Charlotte and daughter Katherine, a graduate of Sewanee, lives in Nashville.

Helen spent her last years as a resident of Sharon Towers in Charlotte North Carolina. The family wishes to thank her dedicated and loving caregivers Linda Jones and Patricia Luckett.

Memorial offerings can be made to the Sharon Towers Residents’ Assistance Fund, 5100 Sharon Rd., Charlotte, NC 28210

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC; 28204 (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at www.kennethpoeservices.com.

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  • William Pender

    Doug I know you and your family will always be sustained by many happy memories of such a wonderful mother.

  • Stephen Mezardjian

    Dear Doug,
    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother, Helen. Teachers are very special souls who leave an indelible mark on our lives and in our hearts.
    May the peace of Christ be with you, Patricia, Elizabeth and Katherine in this difficult time,
    May your fondest memories of your Mom always remind you that she will never be far away.

    Steve Mezardjian

  • Sally Rider McLeod

    Dear Anne, I was so sorry to learn of the death of your sweet Mother. I have such fond memories of her from Whitaker School and from visiting in your home. I hope you and your family are well. I am sending love and holding you close to my heart.

  • John Davis

    Ann and Doug. I am sad to learn of your mother's passing. Please accept my sincere condolences. Your parents and mine (Jack and Katherine Davis) were friends and colleagues at Washington and Lee and at Wake Forest. Our families were next-door neighbors at Davidson Park in Lexington, Virginia in the early '50s. Ann, you and I much later lived across the road from each other near Batesville, Virginia; and Doug, you and I were at Wake Forest Law School together in the late '70s. I have a couple of photos from our days in Lexington that I would be glad to share with you. Take care, John(ny) Davis.

  • Terry Black Thompson

    So sorry to learn of Helen's passing. Such a sweet and interesting lady. She meant a lot to my mother, Frances. I remember when they visited when mom lived at the Cypress. Thinking of her family at this time.