Jack Church Fayssoux Jr.
In Loving Memory
Clyde- Jack Church Fayssoux, Jr., age 85, passed away Monday, November 29, 2021, at his home surrounded by his cat, dog, and family in his home in the Western North Carolina mountains.
Jack was born in Tampa, Florida to the late Jack Church Fayssoux, Sr., and the late Margaret Pomeroy Fayssoux. As a family, they had moved to many places, including Mexico, before settling in Memphis, Tennessee to make their home.
Most of his adult life was spent in South Florida, New York state, and Western North Carolina. In all these diverse areas, he was touched by the suffering of people who were not respected in our world. He followed a Buddhist-inspired path of mindfulness while always respecting the religious and non-religious paths followed by others.
After retiring from teaching chemistry at a college in Florida, Jack continued teaching, sharing his interest in Tai Chi and yoga. He was inspired by teachers in areas such as Tai Chi, yoga, meditation, and massage. In turn, he inspired others to search for mindfulness, from south Florida to New York state.
His cats and dogs were an essential part of his life. He often said that no human being was ever as faithful as his cats and dogs.
In the last years of his life, he renewed his bond with the part of the country that formed him as a young man. He touched base with the land of country music and sweet tea as he enjoyed his North Carolina view of mountains as far away as the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee. He fondly spoke about people from his youth in the south including non-family members who were like family to him. He spoke of Henrietta, a lady, who took care of him when he was a child. Roy, a gentleman who worked for his first wife’s family, told our family that Jack was the only white man that treated him like a man.
While living in Panther Creek, he was fortunate to meet loving and caring people who helped him live a wonderful life even as his health was declining. Christy, Jill, Tonya, Sy, and others.
His family members' and friends’ lives have been enriched by knowing him. Although he would disagree with this idea, it is true.
He often encouraged people to follow a basic idea: “Love yourself.” In remembrance of Jack, please do love yourself.
"Jack is passing from this world to the next. He is taking a great leap. The light of this world has faded for him. He has entered solitude with his karmic forces. He has gone into a vast Silence. He is borne away by the Great Ocean of birth and death."
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Jackie.
He leaves his beloved cat, Sookie; his new dog, Ridgely; his sons, David and John; his sisters, Gayle and her children, Will and Matt, and Frances and her children, Meg and Max; as well as many other family members and close friends.
In honoring Jack’s wishes, there will be no formal services held at this time. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donations to Mountain Projects, a community action agency that offers support and resources to those in need. www.mountainprojects.org or to FUR of WNC (Feline Urgent Rescue of Western North Carolina) a group of volunteers who share the passion for helping homeless cats. www.furofwnc.org
Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Fayssoux family.