|Birth: ||Jun. 12, 1910|
|Death: ||Jun. 8, 2003|
Louise Benson Page Faulk
Services for Louise Benson Page Faulk, 93, of Ruston, LA will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 11, 2003 in the Trinity United Methodist Church. Officiating will be Dr. Fred Wideman assisted by Dr. Doug McGuire. Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Ruston. Mrs. Faulk died Sunday, June 8, 2003 in Ruston, LA following a lengthy illness. Mrs. Faulk was a graduate from University of Missouri with a Bachelor's degree in Journalism. She received an Honorary Doctorate from Louisiana Tech University. She leaves an indelible mark on this community through many years as an accomplished journalist and as a generous benefactor. Louisiana Tech University Journalism Department Head and former Ruston Daily Leader Editor Wiley Hilburn said one of the greatest women and the greatest people in Lincoln Parish history has been lost. "Not only was Mrs. Faulk a full partner of her husband Clarence Faulk in the publishing of The Ruston Daily Leader," Hilburn said, "she was also a one woman urban development team for Ruston. Her fingerprints are on half the architecture in this town. She had remarkable taste and an eye for design." Hilburn said on a personal basis, Louise Faulk was like a second mother to him. "I was just a lowly 16 year old reporter at The Ruston Daily Leader and she would have me over for dinner," Hilburn recalled. "She taught me which forks to use and she used a dinner bell. I had never seen anything like it." Hilburn said he credits Louise Faulk with saving his career on at least three occasions. "On three different occasions I was fired by Mr. Faulk, each time for a very good reason," Hilburn said. "Each time I called Mrs. Faulk and she talked him into hiring me back." Hilburn said both Faulks were graduates of the School of Journalism at the University of Missouri and were highly accomplished writers and publishers. "Mrs. Faulk wrote a column called The Grapevine," Hilburn said. "It was must reading for the whole town. It was a social column but it was also a political commentary. When I was away from Ruston at The Shreveport Times and The Monroe News Star she would keep up with me in her column." After he returned to Ruston to assume leadership of Louisiana Tech University's Journalism Department, Hilburn said he called on the Faulks for help in getting the department off the ground. "The three of us were sitting in their living room and I was making my case," Hilburn said. "Mrs. Faulk listened to what I had to say and then asked me if $60,000 would help at all. That was typical of the modesty and concern with which she did everything." Hilburn said he will always remember Louise Faulk as a striking and beautiful woman. "It was just not a party in Ruston unless Louise Faulk was there, or hosting it herself as was often the case," Hilburn said. "She was always beautiful to see and so gracious. "Of course, she was also a woman with power but she always used that sparingly and only to accomplish worthwhile goals." Louisiana Tech University President Dan Reneau said Louise Faulk will be sorely missed by all members of the university family. "Louisiana Tech University has lost one of its great decades long supporters and benefactors," Reneau said. "Louise Faulk was honored along with her husband as one of the first three people in university history to be awarded the Honorary Doctorate. They were recognized together because they were full partners." Former Louisiana Tech University President F. Jay Taylor said the loss for him was both personal and professional. "In addition to losing a dear personal friend, we have lost a wonderful benefactor for Louisiana Tech University, particularly the school of journalism," Taylor said. "All who knew her in any capacity will miss her greatly." Ruston Mayor Dan Hollingsworth said her contributions to the city and the community would live as a permanent legacy but many would remember her most for her kind and genteel manner. "She was just such a special person to so many people," Hollingsworth said. "She had a kind and sensitive manner and a real sweetness about her. She and Clarence were so good to us as a family when we came here. They helped us in every way they could and we will always have a special place in our hearts for them. "This is a terrific loss for our community, too. She had a great empathy for people and she gave of herself in so many ways. I will always remember how she and Clarence worked side by side on everything virtually their whole lives. Our hearts go out to him and the entire family." Survivors include her husband, Clarence E. Faulk, Jr. of Ruston, LA; two sons, Clarence Eugene Faulk, III and wife Mary of Canandaigua, NY and Dr. Ward Page Faulk and wife Clara of Indianapolis, IN; one daughter, Amelia Josephine Rauser and husband Walter of Rockville, MD; one brother, Alfred Benson Page of Scottsdale, AZ; ten grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 10, 2003 at the funeral home.
Clarence Eugene Faulk (1909 - 2010)*
Created by: Nancy Jane Faulk White ...
Record added: Oct 08, 2009
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