Walter Cowles Faison
Walter Cowles Faison
  • June 25, 1935 - July 28, 2017
  • Greensboro, North Carolina

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Walter Cowles Faison died peacefully at his home on Friday, July 28, 2017, after an extended illness. Walter was born June 25, 1935, in Richmond, VA, to John DeJarnette and Susie Cowles Faison. He grew up in Louisville, KY, graduated from Atherton High School, served in the United States Marine Corps, and attended UNC Chapel Hill in 1957-58, where he met his wife, Margaret. He graduated from the University of Louisville and came to Greensboro in 1962, to join the Trust Department of North Carolina National Bank, now Bank of America.

Walter gave much of himself to his friends, his community, and his church, and he was truly appreciated. As a young man he was an integral part of the Greensboro Jaycees. He spent many years in the Greensboro Rotary Club and was designated Honorary Member in 2016, one of only fifteen people so named in its ninety year history. He was dedicated to the Friends of the Greensboro Public Library, serving as a board member and treasurer, and in 2002, was named one of the "100 Champions" of the Library's first one hundred years. His heart was at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, where he served in all capacities from Sunday school teacher to Senior Warden.

Walter had a great sense of humor, a wry wit, and a wonderful laugh. His passions were music, photography, cars, bird feeding, and his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, the love of his life, Margaret Boaz Faison; daughters, Anne Faison Symonds and Harriet Faison Bain; grandchildren, Katherine Porter Bain, Thompson Cowles Bain, and Hannah Elizabeth Symonds; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Leo Patrick McCurnin, Jr. and Jeannette Boaz McCurnin; nieces and nephews, Mary Margaret McCurnin, Leo Patrick McCurnin, III, (Dianna), Jeannette McCurnin, and Alan Wright Boaz, Jr.

A memorial service will be held at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 607 North Greene Street, Greensboro, at 2:00 pm on Saturday, August 5, 2017. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Holy Trinity Episcopal Church.

The family wishes to thank Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro for their incredible love and care over the last several weeks.
Hanes-Lineberry North Elm Chapel is assisting the Faison family. Online condolences may be made at