Fernie Cleveland FairclothPublished 3:26pm Thursday, January 23, 2014
Fernie Cleveland Faircloth, 89, of Bratt, Fla. went to be with the Lord on Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, at his residence.
He retired from St. Regis/Champion Paper Co. after 36 years, born on Dec. 21, 1924, to the late Daniel Gabriel and Mary Chandron Faircloth. He was a veteran of World War II and received an honorable discharge from the Army in 1946. He was a member and former deacon of Pine Barren Baptist Church, loved working outdoors, and cherished the time he spent with family and his many friends.
His loving wife of 41 years, Opal Rutherford Faircloth, preceded him in death.
Survivors are two sons, Larry Wayne (Janice) Faircloth and Glenn (Fay) Faircloth, both of Bratt; one daughter, Ruth Bethea of Knoxville, Tenn.; five grandchildren, Andy (Stephani) Faircloth, Kelly (Charles) Taylor, Selena Steadham, Christie and Misty Faircloth and five great-grandchildren, Devin and Shealyn Steadham, Sydney and Matthew Faircloth, and Ariel Bethea; and two step-grandchildren, Leahna and Michael Taylor.
Services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, from Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. Mike Harper officiating. Interment followed in Pine Barren Baptist Cemetery with full military honors.
The family received friends from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, at Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home.
Active pallbearers were Mickey Peterson, Jerry McElhaney, Johnny Steadham, Mark Dorriety, Jimmy McElhaney and Billy Darby. Honorary pallbearers were Ronald Dove, Ralph Darby, Raymond Norris, J.R. Healey, Butch Fillingim, R.C. Rice, Doug Purvis, John Calvin Davis, Douglas Morgan, Mike Dormus and Michael Peterson.
Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home was in charge of all arrangements.