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 George Parkes Faw

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George Parkes Faw

  • Birth 23 Dec 1824 Ashe County, North Carolina, USA
  • Death 29 Apr 1901 Bluff City, Sullivan County, Tennessee, USA
  • Burial Johnson City, Washington County, Tennessee, USA
  • Plot Section P, Row 1, Grave 17
  • Memorial ID 14844239

Inscription: "George P. Faw / Born / Dec. 23, 1824 / Died / April 29, 1901 - For to me to live is Christ and to / die is God"
George P. FAW was the son of Jonathan FAW & Sarah PARKES. He m. 1846 in Sullivan Co, TN to Laura DICKSON, dau. of John DICKSON & Sibila COLVARD.

Summons Comes Suddenly to an Aged and Honored Man.

Rev. George P. Faw, father of Col. J. A. Faw, of Bristol, is dead.

Mr. Faw passed away suddenly and unexpectedly at the home of his son-in-law, Mr. E. S. Worley, at Bluff City, at 6:45 a. m. on Monday.

The deceased was in his 77th year. He had been afflicted with kidney trouble for some time, but was not thought to be in immediate danger.

The deceased had been a resident of California since the year 1886, but had been in this county for the past two years, owing to the feeble health of Mrs. Faw, who survives him.

The deceased was a native of Ashe county, North Carolina, where he married when a young man. From North Carolina he came to Washington county this state, in 1854, where he remained until 1880, when he moved to Sullivan county, which was his place of residence for six years thereafter, or up to the time of his departure for Salinas, California.

Mr. Faw served as a captain in the confederate army during the civil war. He was commissioned as a captain by Governor Harris, of Tennessee, and was the first man in the state to received any army commission as captain.

Mr. Faw was ordained to preach the gospel in accordance with the Baptist doctrine in the year 1873, and so long after that time as circumstances would permit, he was engaged actively in church work. He was a strong man physically and mentally and possessed untiring energy. He was therefore peculiarly fitted for missionary work, and as a result of his labors a number of flourishing churches were established in the mountain regions of the Pacific slope.

In whatever community the deceased resided, he was a leader in matters of education, religion and charity. He was a calm, steady-going, determined man, and his works live as a monument to his worth.

Mr. Faw was a practical Christian who believed heartily in the sentiment "faith without works is dead." He practiced charity in a broad sense, lending aid, according to his means, to those in need in his community, in this way meeting every demand of the moral code.

His passing carries from the communities with which he had ben identified, a real benefactor; a man who lived not for himself alone, but for others.

There were born to Rev. and Mrs. Faw ten children, nine of whom survive. Those living are: Mrs. E. S. Worley, Bluff City; Mrs. J. T. Masengill, California; T. F. Faw, Los Angeles, Cal.; Col. J. A. Faw, Bristol; Mrs. Bettie Jobe, Washington, D. C.; Chas. and Wm. J. Faw, Piney Flats; A. C. Faw, Santa Cruz, Cal.

The funeral and will place at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Worley, at Bluff City, at 10 o'clock this morning, with the Masons in charge.

The remains will be taken to Johnson City on vestibule train No. 33 for interment beside the grave of the deceased's father and brother.

Col. Faw and daughter, Miss Anna, and son, Julian, will go to Bluff City this morning to attend the funeral, - Bristol-Courier.

The remains were brought to Johnson City on the vestibute Tuesday for burial. The masons took charge of the remains at the train. Interment was had in Oak Grove cemetery in the presence of a large number of the friends of the family. [From The Comet, Johnson City, TN - May 2, 1901, pg. #2.]. (Above Obit courtesy of Rob Dwyer in Sep. 2014)

printed in 1901 in TN (paper not known) - "Rev. George P. Faw, died at the age of 77 in Tennessee. He had been a resident of California between 1886-1899. In this youth he served as captain in the Confederate Army---the first man in the state to receive the army commission as Captain. He was commissioned as Captain by Gov. Harris of Tennessee. In 1873 he was ordained to preach in accordance with Baptist doctrine and engaged in full time Christian work so long as circumstances would permit. He was a strong man mentally and physically, peculiarly fitted for missionary work. The result is many flourishing churches established in mountain regions of the Pacific slope. He was a leader in matters of education, religion and charity. He was calm, steady going, determined. His works live as a monument to his worth." (source: THE FAW BOOK; by Linda & Amy FAW; pub 1955; pg 39)
Rev. George Parks Faw was a Baptist Minister in Boone's Creek, TN, ordained 1873. He served in the Civil War as Captain (commissioned on Aug 21, 1861) of Co. G, the 29th TN infantry under Col. S.F. Powell, of Rogersville, TN.
Gravestone photo courtesy of Suzy HINRICHS - 1997

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  • Created by: Glenda Frank Moser
  • Added: 6 Jul 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 14844239
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for George Parkes Faw (23 Dec 1824–29 Apr 1901), Find A Grave Memorial no. 14844239, citing Oak Hill Cemetery, Johnson City, Washington County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by Glenda Frank Moser (contributor 46511008) .