Apex Funeral Home


Fay Cassell Smith

2 February, 195916 February, 2016
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Fay Cassell Smith, 57, passed away on February 16, 2016 after a brave battle with cancer. Born on February 2, 1959 in Hopewell, VA; she was the daughter of Eula Smith, of Louisburg and the late Hershell Cassell, Sr. and wife of the late husband, Charlie John Smith.

Fay was a Family Nurse Practioner with UNC Chapel Hill for 13 years and a faithful member of Calvary Chapel Cary in Apex. Fay enjoyed attending church and studying the Bible, worshiping Jesus, meeting the needs of others, and spending time with family and, especially, her grandchildren. She lived as a true servant of Christ, with an unwavering spirit of Godliness that was projected in her words and actions.

She is lovingly remembered by her son: Brandon (Linda) Ellis, of Creedmoor; daughters: Brittany (Tony) Smith and Crystal (Russell) Wilson; siblings: Jackie (Larry) Halls, of Bracey, VA , Robert (Deborah) Cassell, of Raleigh, Alan (Jenna) Cassell, of Cary and Hershell (Donna) Cassell, Jr., of Castalia; grandchildren, Wyatt (9) Noelle (4) and Landon (3), and, by inheritance, Angel (19) and Jordan (13); and other family and friends.

A Celebration of Fay’s Life will be held on Friday, February 19, 2016 at 11 AM at Calvary Chapel Cary, officiated by her dear friend, Pastor Robert Finch. Graveside Services will follow at 2 PM at Corinth Baptist Church Cemetery – 4582 US Hwy 401N – Louisburg, NC.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are preferred to Calvary Chapel Cary – 1600 Center Street – Apex, NC 27502.

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Deanna Ayers

16 February 2021

I can’t believe we are here at the five year anniversary of our loss here, and heaven’s gain. I was blessed to know Fay. I knew her from Galloway Ridge. We were able to share our personal testimonies intermingled with work. I admired her greatly and I still do. I think of her and I shed mixed tears- joy for her. She was deeply loved by so many. I have read all the comments and I just agree with all of them. Her smile was so warm and the twinkle in her eyes, they even shined brighter when she talked about her family. I think of the family often and lift you up in prayer. I know she was so proud of all of you.

Craig Swagerty

16 August 2017

Fay was an amazing person, a wonderful mother, and great friend to those who knew her. I knew her as a colleague at both Nash Health Care and UNC Health Care, but as a dear friend first and most importantly. She is missed every day. I think about her three children, who were also family friends. My thoughts are with them; Crystal, Brittany, and Brandon.


8 March 2016

Fay was an angel. She saved my grandmothers life on numerous occasions. Words dont describe the sense of loss I feel right now.

Christine Khandelwal

24 February 2016

I have no words to describe the loss of this Angel on Earth. She was an amazing colleague, loved by all who worked with her and adored by every patient and family she took care of. She was the bright light in every room and I always told her she was one of "Christ's Soldiers here on Earth!" My friend, how you will be missed. Christine Khandelwal

Jo Mart

23 February 2016

I was blessed to experience Israel with Ms. Fay - without her, my experience would have been much different. I ended up getting sick in the beginning of the trip and she nursed me back to health so I didn't miss a beat. I will never forget her unending care. Every morning she would find me at breakfast to make sure I was feeling better. I will be forever grateful. I'm so sorry for the loss, but blessed God allowed me to spend 10 days getting to know such an amazing woman. Heaven had a party when she returned home.

Amos Mills

22 February 2016

I never knew her personally. Howver, I can remember her smile from Church. She must have been an angel who God permitted to live with us a short time on earth. Now that she is with our Heavenly Father in Heaven. Those of us who are left behind must take up the mantle for Jesus so that we can let our light so shine before men on earth, so that people can see our good works and glorify our Father in Heaven. Amos Mills and family.

Gelila Asres

20 February 2016

Heaven gained an angel, you will truly be missed.

Joyce Hicks

20 February 2016

I am so sorry for your loss, Fay was such a nice person and she always had a positive attitude. She will be greatly missed.

Kathy M

20 February 2016

I worked at Galloway for a short time an I will never forget Ms.Faye.As soon as she got off the elevator the entire hall lite up.Her smile and and calming voice.I know Haven is happy to have her.

20 February 2016

Fay enriched the life of everyone she met. Her very presence was healing.
Beverly Chapin
Galloway Ridge

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