Floyd Faubus and Ava Nelle Carlisle Faubus
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Floyd Faubus was born on March 16, 1918 in Fort Worth, Texas, to John and Georgia Faubus- I don´t know what year they game to Dickens County, but I do know they moved at Tap when he was about 12 years old.

I am told by one of their neighbors back then that Floyd and his brother, James, would go after the milk cow and ride her back home.

Floyd´s father was a farmer and a Church of Christ preacher. He preached at the Red Mud Church, which was then the old school house. Floyd was baptized in the Church of Christ in 1931.

Floyd has two sisters, Beatrice Meador of Las Cruces, New Mexico, and Bobbie of Weatherford, Texas. He has three brothers, James, who lives in Graham, Texas: Pete in Roswell, New Mexico, and Leland, his youngest brother is deceased.

I was born in Steel Hill Community to Steve and Jennie Carlisle. My parents were some of the early settlers of Dickens County. My father was a farmer and a rancher. I attended school at Steel Hill, Duck Creek, Wilson Draw, and Spur, even though we always lived at the same place.

Floyd and I were married on June 22, 1937. We were married in Spur in what is now the Lawrence Fitzgerald home. When we were first married, Floyd worked for day wages as a farmer. We moved around quite a bit then, but mostly in Dickens County.

On Christmas Day, 1941, our first child, Sandra was born.

In 1945 we lived on Cloy Marshall´s place. We farmed and milked cows twice a day. The Spur Creamery came out and picked up the milk. At one time, back earlier, we ran the route and picked up milk for the creamery.

We moved to Graham in 1946. Floyd, his father, and brother-in-law put in a car upholstery and body shop there.

1947 found us back at Spur farming. We lived on my mother and father´s place until 1954. We then moved to the Joe B. Long place about 4 1/2 miles southeast of Spur. Here we were among the first in Dickens County to have irrigation wells and to find out what a chore that can be. One experience was when crossing a draw with a wooden make-shift pipe trailer, the whole thing collapsed!

Ray, our second child was born in 1960.

We bought the A. M. Karr farm in 1972. In 1973 Floyd became ill and passed away in November 1974. My mother passed away in 1976 and my father moved in with Ray and me. He lived here until his death in 1981 at the age of 95. I´m still at home here on our farm.

Sandra is married to Dwight Dillashaw. They have three children, Donna, Ikey, and Edd.

Ray is married to Jennice Browning and they have two children, Shayla and Jared.

Both children live in Spur.

.... by Avanelle Faubus
Source: Dickens County History...its Land and People © Dickens Historical Commission; Printer: Craftsman Inc. Lubbock, Texas 1986

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Funeral services for Johnnie Floyd Faubus, 56, were held Saturday at 3 p.m. in the Church of Christ, Kenneth Averitt, minister from Benton, Ark officiating.

Mr. Faubus, a lifetime resident of Dickens County died November 15, 1974 in University Hospital, Lubbock. Born in Fort Worth in 1918 he married the former Ava Nell Carlisle in Spur in 1937. He was a farmer and a member of the Church of Christ.

He is survived by his wife, Spur; one daughter, Mrs. Dwight Dillashaw, Spur; one son, Ray Floyd Faubus, Spur; his mother, Mrs. Georgia Faubus, Spur; three brothers, C.L. Faubus, Roswell, NM; L.D. and James, both of Graham, two sisters, Mrs. Earl Meadors, Las Cruces, NM and Mrs. Rex Taylor, Graham, and three grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Jim Wyatt, Ford Taylor, Carl Grantham, R.Z. Chisum, Lloyd Hindman, and Willard Williams.

Burial was in the Spur Cemetery.

©The Texas Spur, November 21, 1974
Transcribed by Kay Laster;   from the records of Lillian Grace Nay

Avanelle FaubusServices for Avanelle Faubus will be at the Hwy 70 Church of Christ at 2:30PM, Monday April 27, 2009. Burial will be in Spur Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Campbell Funeral Home. The family will receive friends Saturday April 25, 2009 from 6-8PM at Campbell Funeral Home. Mary Avanelle Carlisle was born June 27, 1922, in the Duck Creek Community of Dickens County, on the Walter Carlisle farm to Willie Steve and Mary Jane (Jenny) {Massey} Carlisle. She attended the country schools of Duck Creek, Steele Hill, and Wilson Draw. She later attended Spur High School, and was a member of the Class of 1939. She married Johnny Floyd Faubus on June 22, 1937, in Spur, Texas. She was a homemaker and worked the farm beside her husband until his death in 1974. She continued to run her farm and cattle operation until 1988, when she moved into Spur. She was a member of the Steele Hill Church of Christ. Work was truly her only hobby and she touched the lives of many through her unselfish desire to do for others, especially those who were sick or needed help caring for themselves.

She was preceded in death by her husband Floyd Faubus, and two brothers, Rex Carlisle and Buck Carlisle and parents. She was also preceded in death by a granddaughter, Debra Jane Dillashaw. Survivors include a son Ray Faubus, and wife Karen Faubus, of Spur, Tx; a daughter, Sandra, and husband Dwight Dillashaw, of Gilpin, Tx; one brother, W.S. Carlisle Jr. of Lubbock, Tx; a sister, Bertha Mae Hargis, of Conway, Arkansas; seven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces and nephews. Pallbearers include Ikey Dillashaw, Edd Dillashaw, Jared Faubus, Steve Kidd, Brandon Kidd, and Jason Rose.

©Obituary courtesy of Campbell Funeral Home


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