GUEST COLUMN

A tribute to Donald Faison

Posted

From his childhood to adulthood, Donald Faison was well behaved, polite, and a gentleman at all times.

He was respected and respectful to all youth and adults.

He never bragged about his many talents, abilities and accomplishments he possessed. He used his strengths to encourage others to reach their highest potentials to live successfully.

He was quiet and unassuming with a warm smile and pleasing personality, while recognizing the pitfalls and dangers that confronted him.

His spiritual christian training began at the Payne Temple A.M.E. Zion Church.

His parents and many others helped steer him at an early age. This training guided and developed him as God would have him.

Faison became resourceful and successful in life, firstly by marrying the lovely Rev. Patsy Faison who stood sturdily by him to the end. He was proud of his wonderful children and grandchildren who filled his life with joy.

He was a genuine model character, who loved God, his family, and mankind.

As his elementary teacher, we continued to keep in touch with each other after he left my class. I will deeply miss seeing him and hearing of his successes. I had the pleasure of reading a newspaper years ago where Mr. Faison was featured with working with youth. He stated in the article that his teacher, Mrs. Johnson — I — inspired him. But he inspired me.

I was extremely proud of him. I hope others will glean the same from his life and legacy.

Donald Faison went to be with his Heavenly Father and I am sure that he was welcomed with open arms. He was not perfect, but he worked to reach that glorious place called “heaven.” May he rest in peace.

When I read the poem “If” by Rudyard Kipling, it best described the man he became.

Posey S. Williams Johnson was a fourth grade teacher at Carver High School in the 1940s. She now resides in Wilmington.

Comments

No comments on this story | Please log in to comment by clicking here
Please log in or register to add your comment