Services for Kemple Mullis Faircloth will be held at 2:00 PM Friday, February 9, 2018 in the chapel of Townsend Brothers Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Snowhill Baptist Church Cemetery. Rev. Darren Talley will officiate. The family will receive friends beginning at 1:00 PM prior to the service. Mrs. Faircloth died Wednesday, February 7, 2018.
Mrs. Faircloth was a member of Jefferson Street Baptist Church.
Mrs. Faircloth was a 1949 Honor Graduate of Eastman High School in Eastman and attended Berry College in Mt. Berry from 1949-1951. She received a Management Series Certificate in 1981 from the National Association of Bank Women and from 1979 - 1982 attended the Georgia Banking School, University of Georgia in Athens, graduating in 1982. Mrs. Faircloth worked with the Alumni Office at Berry College from 1949 -1951, and with the W.L. Jessup Lumber Company, in Eastman from 1951- 1952. Also in 1952, she began her career with Citizens & Southern National Bank, in Dublin, and retired in 1989 with thirty-seven and a half years of service. During her career, in 1976, she was elected as the Assistant Operations Officer, making her the first woman officer of the bank. In 1981, she was promoted to Personnel Officer, and in 1985, promoted to Operations Officer/Personnel.
Mrs. Faircloth was involved with numerous professional associations, including the National Association of Bank Women (1976-1989), serving as the Secretary, Treasurer, Vice Chairman, and Chairman of the local chapter, and as Public Affairs Chairman, and Membership Chairman of the State organization; Laurens County Personnel Association (1978-1989); American Institute of Banking, Macon Chapter(1981-1989), serving as Laurens County AIB Training Coordinator; Dublin Housing Authority Board of Directors (1982-1992), serving as 1990 Chairman; Heart of Georgia Technical College Board of Directors (1985-1994) serving as 1991-1993 Chairman of the Board; Heart of Georgia Technical college Foundation, Board of Directors (1988-1994) including the 1989 Capital Campaign; Georgia Technical College Board Association (1991-1994), serving by appointment in 1993-1994 to the State Long Range Planning Committee; Women Business Owners Education Council (1986-1990) serving as Director and Charter Member.
Her civic involvement included Pilot Club of Dublin (1980-2002), serving on the Executive Board 1983-1986; Salvation Army, Laurens County Unit (1980-1994), serving as Treasurer, 1980-1989, Chairman, 1989-1993, 1990-1993 organized, opened, and managed the first service center in the community, 1993-1994, organized capital campaign and raised $60,000 to purchase land for first Salvation Army Thrift Store in Laurens County; Pilot Foundation of Dublin, Inc. (1989-1993), serving as Chairman of Lifeline Service from 1989-1993, when she wrote and implemented total restructuring program of the service; Alzheimer’s Association, Central Georgia Chapter, Macon,(1996-1998), serving as the Volunteer and Facilitator with the Laurens County Support Group; Chartered local Advocates for Alzheimer’s Care, Inc. (1997-2003), serving as Project Director of the twenty-five member Board of Directors in 1999-2002, and organized capital campaign to purchase building for Alzheimer’s Adult Day Care Center in 2000-2001; organized and sponsored National Make a Difference Day in Dublin and Laurens County (1999-2000); elected Executive Director of “The Lighthouse” Alzheimer’s Adult Day Care Center in 2003.
Mrs. Faircloth has received numerous honors including, Executive of the Year Award, Professional Secretaries International, Dublin Chapter (October 1985); Member of the year Award, South Georgia Group, National Association of Bank Women in Georgia, (April 1989); Pilot of the Year Award Pilot club of Dublin (June 1989); Pilot Sweetheart of the Year Pilot Club of Dublin (Feb. 1991); Woman of the Year Award, Dublin-Laurens County St. Patrick’s Festival Event (Mar. 1992); Distinguished Service Award Pilot Foundation of Dublin, Inc, Lifeline Emergency Response Systems coordinator, Pilot Club of Dublin (Sept. 1992); Others Award, Georgia Salvation Army, Atlanta Headquarters, for Volunteer work and opening Thrift Store in Dublin (Oct, 1993); Certificate of Appreciation, Heart of Georgia Technical College, board of Directors, nine years of service (July 1994); Barry Jones Memorial Award, State Board Association of Technical Education (Oct 1994); Straight from the Heart Award for Middle Georgia, 13 WMAZ TV, Macon for Outstanding Community Volunteerism in Laurens County (Oct 2001).
Mrs. Faircloth was preceded in death by her husband, Royce Faircloth; son, Kim Faircloth; parents, David and Eva Fountain Mullis; brother, Everett Mullis; and sister, Joyce Mullis.
Survivors include her brothers, Ed (Judy) Mullis, and D. M. (Peggy) Mullis, both ot Rentz; niece, Karen Mullis, of Rentz; nephews, Eddy (Anna) Mullis, Gary Mullis, both of Rentz, and Neil (Marsha) Mullis, of Chapel Hill, NC; and several great nieces and nephews.
Eddy Mullis, Richard Cravey, Dylan Mullis, Steve Ashley, Neal Mullis, and David Faircloth will serve as pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Advocates for Alzheimer’s Care.