Thomasville Times Enterprise

January 22, 2014

John Hughey Faulk, III



John Hughey Faulk, III, known by all for his generous heart and loving spirit, passed away unexpectedly in Griffin, Georgia, on Friday evening, January 17, 2014.   He was 72 years old.  John was born in Panama City, Florida, on December 20, 1941, and was the eldest of the five children of the late John “Johnny” Hughey Faulk, Jr. and Edwina Hancock Faulk Cox. John grew up in Cairo, Georgia, and attended Cairo High School and Gordon Military College, from which he graduated in 1960.  He also attended Valdosta State College before heading to Atlanta, where he worked for Lockheed Corporation.  In the late 1960s, John returned to Cairo, Georgia, to work for Faulk Chevrolet, the family automobile dealership. Later, he relocated to Griffin to be closer to his family and continued his working career in construction.  Two of the major projects that he was involved in were the construction of the Griffin Courthouse and the development of several Home Depot Expo stores.  John’s interests and hobbies were his passion.  Many know that he collected arrowheads, Native American artifacts and folk art.  He was also a talented woodworker and mason.  His native plant and woody ornamental garden in Griffin was cultivated around his home and was toured and enjoyed by many.  John was an avid reader, loved learning and was well versed in a wide variety of subjects.  John had a generous heart and loving spirit and was a benefactor to friends and strangers alike.  He volunteered and was a financial supporter of numerous local charities, including the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation.  John “never met a stranger” and was always the life of any party.  Everyone was drawn to his compelling story-telling, contagious laughter and loving personality.  Moreover, John took enjoyment from helping others individually, giving encouragement and support. Anyone that spoke with John knew of the tremendous amount of love he had for his daughter Rachel.   She was the light of his life and they shared a loving bond that could only be understood by a daddy and daughter.  John said that the best day of his life was his daughter’s wedding day in Charleston, South Carolina.  He loved seeing her dressed as a bride, walking her down the aisle and dancing with his daughter.  On the last day of his life, John was given the joyful news that his daughter is pregnant with his first grandchild.  He is survived by his daughter, Rachel Faulk Farren, and son-in-law, James Farren, of Atlanta; his sister, Jan Faulk Rogers, and her husband, Robert Rogers, of Griffin; brother, Michael Augustus Faulk, of Colorado; sister, Catherine Faulk Dorn, of Atlanta; and brother, Henry Leslie Faulk, and his partner, Brian Mullaney, of Atlanta.  John is also survived by his nieces: Jana Rogers O’ Neil and her husband, PJ, of Chicago; Rebecca Rogers Benincosa, and her husband, Jason, of Griffin; Angie Dorn Winckler and her husband, Morten, of Atlanta; and Anna Dorn, of Blue Ridge; and by Rachel’s mother, Anne Faulk Barnes, of Griffin.  A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, January 25th, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at 6th Street Pier, located at 129 S. 6th St. Griffin, GA 30223.  In lieu of flowers, the family prefers that a donation be made in the memory of John Faulk to, Griffin Habitat for Humanity, 1386 Carver Road, Griffin, GA 30224. — Conner-Westbury Funeral Home