Vertie Lee Faw Austin, 92, of Lenoir, died Sunday morning April 25, 2010.
Born May 19, 1917, in Caldwell County, she was the daughter of the late Louis Fillmore Faw and Nancy Ann Austin Faw. She was predeceased by husband, Lewis Sterling Austin; son, Lewis Paul Austin; grandson, Jeffrey Thomas James; three brothers, Louis “Garson” Faw, David “Station” Faw, and Millard “Filmore” Faw; and six sisters, “Mamie” Faw Bentley, “Roxie” Faw Simmons, “Stella Raye” Faw Story, “Elaine” Faw Franks, “Annie Vee” Faw Pennell and “Elsie” Faw Caldwell.
She is survived by her daughter, Gail Austin James and husband Gary James of Lenoir, N.C.; and her son Edward Lee Austin and wife Sherry Holman Austin of Chattanooga Tenn.; two grandsons, Michael Edward James of Lenoir, N.C., and Andrew Sterling Austin and wife Amy Kiser Austin of Mt. Airy, Md.; granddaughter Beth James Isaacs and husband the Rev. Michael A. Isaacs of Lenoir, N.C.; three great-grandsons Addison Michael Isaacs and Garrison James Isaacs of Lenoir, N.C., and Jacob Paul Austin of Mt Airy, Md.; two great-granddaughters, Riley Caroline Austin and Cassidy Claire Austin of Mt Airy, Md.; three sisters, Mrs. Avery “Ruth” Faw Nelson of Lenoir, N.C., Mrs. Elbert “Ada” Faw Wortman of Morganton, N.C., and Mrs. William “Jean” Faw Hollars of High Point, N.C.; she also is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Vertie Lee grew up in the Patterson/Happy Valley community and played basketball at Happy Valley School. She met her husband, Sterling, in Patterson where, after their marriage, they made their home and she was a homemaker until 1952, at which time she accepted employment as a textile winder operator with American-Efird Mills, and remained there for 26 years. Vertie Lee concentrated heavily on a life providing for her family. She was a superb cook, excellent with knitting and crocheting. Vertie Lee enjoyed gardening and casual reading. Vertie Lee was always a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker with membership in the Yadkin Baptist Church of Patterson, N.C. Following her retirement from the Spun Fibers Division, she spent her time caring for and visiting with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A memorial service for Vertie Lee will be held Thursday, April 29, 2010, at 2 p.m. at Yadkin Baptist Church, Patterson, N.C., with the Rev. Michael A. Isaacs and the Rev. Robert B. Livingston officiating. The burial is private.
The family will receive friends from 1 until 2 p.m. prior to the service.
The family kindly requests that any memorials made in honor of Vertie Lee be made to the Yadkin Baptist Church Children’s Playground Fund, P.O. Box 37, Patterson, NC 28661.
Pendry’s Funeral Home and Crematory of Lenoir is assisting the Austin Family.