October 15, 1929 – November 26, 2018
Eugenia (Gene) Fayssoux, born in Meridian, Mississippi on October 15, 1929, was the daughter of Vesta and Tracy Edgerton of Asheville, North Carolina. From an early age, Gene demonstrated a life-long passion for beauty, particularly in gardening, plant care, and flower arranging. She worked as a plant care specialist in many high-end commercial establishments, ensuring their environments were warm and welcoming with abundant living green plants. She met Richard (Dick) Fayssoux in high school in 1940 at the age of thirteen at the swimming pool at Christ School in Arden, NC and they immediately fell for each other. Gene and Dick married on January 18, 1947 and thus began their partnership of 52 years together. Richard, who passed over November 13, 2009, and Gene are survived by three children, Tracy Eugenia Fayssoux Bernstein and husband Ron of San Diego, CA, Richard (Rick) Fayssoux III and wife Georgene of Aberdeen, NC, and James (Jim) Edgerton Fayssoux of Fletcher, NC. Gene has five grandchildren, Jane Malone; Jon, Sumlee, Claire and Marie Fayssoux and two great-grandchildren, Arriana and Waylon. She is also survived by brother-in-law Richard Boles and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Gene and Dick were founding members of All Saints Episcopal Church, founded in 1959, in Greensboro, NC. Gene was the last surviving founder until her passing. Gene served as Director of the Altar Guild for many years. For almost 60 years her love of plants and flowers extended to her community service at the church through her dedication to creating the flower arrangements and performing other guild duties. Gene had an adventurous side as well: traveling around the world exploring far off places. She and Dick visited all seven continents. Dick and Gene were part of a flying club where they flew their beloved Whiskey, a Cherokee Piper Six, on many adventures. On July 3, 1982, while on a trip in the Bahamas, they made an emergency crash landing on an island controlled by a drug cartel. They survived with serious injuries, but Whiskey, sadly, was no more. Their adventure became part of a bigger story of a sting operation conducted jointly by the US FBI and Bahamian government. Decades later, Gene and Dick revisited the crash site and recovered evidence of Whiskey and contributed their story to a documentary. She had a long and fulfilling relationship with Christ School of Arden, NC where both of her boys attended high school. She was active in alumni day events, sporting events, and fund-raising events for close to fifty years. The school sports field, bears the name Fayssoux Field in honor of Gene’s father in-law, Richard (Fessor) Fayssoux. In later years, Gene spent much of her time with family and her beloved pets, Tara, Tory, Quinn, and Malibu. There was always a golden retriever around for companionship and love. Her effervescent and indomitable zest for life and her uniquely positive perspective were appreciated by all. Her kindness and giving instinct were part of her gift to her family and friends. The twinkle in her eyes and bright smile shone through in many ways. Gene will be missed by family and friends and we offer prayers for a joyous reunion with husband Dick, sisters Carol and Susan, and all of those that have gone before her and helped her on her journey home to God. The family wishes to thank the in-home caregivers of Hand and Heart, the associates and staff of The Arboretum of Heritage Greens, and the staff of Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro for their compassionate care. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 11:00 am at All Saints Episcopal Church at 4211 Wayne Road, Greensboro, NC 27407. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Fayssoux Scholarship at Christ School, 500 Christ School Road, Arden, NC 28704, or to The Altar Guild of All Saints Episcopal Church.
Fayssoux Scholarship at Christ School
500 Christ School Road, Arden, North Carolina 28704
Altar Guild of All Saints Episcopal Church
4211 Wayne Road, Greensboro, North Carolina 27407
- Memorial Service Saturday, December 8, 2018
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December 2, 2018
I am grateful for the joy of knowing Gene and her pilot husband Dick. As a kindred Spirit and fellow flyer, I shared many fabulous flying stories with Dick and his spirited spouse/passenger. The greatest story of all involved our flight to find their lost airplane in the Bahamas. This venture, which included my son RJ, would be life changing in the most delightful ways. I have Gene and Dick to thank for granting me the privilege of participating in this fascinating adventure and producing a documentary about it.
It was an honor to pilot Dick and Gene back to Norman’s Cay, the island that nearly claimed their lives when their personal aircraft crashed there in the early 80s. This “return” undertaking would prove itself a gift, marking the beginning of an endearing friendship in which Dick and Gene would become my surrogate parents. I will always be grateful for the love, wisdom and kindness they bestowed upon me. I thank this loving couple for gracing my life.
Much love to the dear family they left behind. I remember Gene as a feisty strong woman who survived a plane crash and so much more. An inspiration! I know Gene is now reunited with Dick in spirit and love.
November 29, 2018
Since I moved back home to Greensboro, Gene and I grew closer. Her daughter, Tracy, and I grew up on the same street and we were classmates and friends. I have fond memories of going to her house many, many times to enjoy her parents warmth and graciousness. Gene was a special lady and I loved her dearly. Watching her slip away from all of us was heartbreaking. My heart goes out to Tracy, Rick, and Jim and their families. We all will miss Gene so very much. She was very loved and cherished by all who were blessed to know her.