NOVEMBER 21, 1928 – MARCH 11, 2020
Father, Daddy, husband, provider for his family, Paw Paw, Korean War veteran, Mason, Man of God, volunteer with Millingport Men’s Club and Millingport Fire Department
How do you describe the life of a man who is known to his family as their protector and provider, to his loving wife of 65 years as her best friend and true love, to his children as their father and daddy, and to his grandchildren and great grandchildren as their Paw Paw? Words are not enough to express Herman Darrell Faulkner’s true strength of character and the role model that he showed our family and community. Born November 21, 1928 to the late Clyde Clarence Faulkner, Sr. and Ollie Lizette Ridenhour Faulkner, he was the fifth of seven children. Herman Faulkner peacefully met his Savior and was welcomed by “his bride” to his eternal home on March 11, 2020. A service to celebrate his life will be held on Sunday, March 15, 2020 at 2:00 pm at Lakeview Baptist Church with internment at Plyler Baptist Church following the service. The family will receive friends at Stanly Funeral Home on Saturday, March 14, 2020 from 6:00-8:00 pm.
Herman and his brothers and sisters grew up on a farm in East Albemarle and he attended Albemarle City School. He enlisted in the US Navy at the age of 18 and spent 7 years in the service of our country during the Korean War. During the time that he was enlisted in the navy, he met the love of his life, Elizabeth Ramelle Plyler Faulkner. Introduced to each other by his younger sister, Colin, the Gretel to his Hansel, he and Ramelle fell in love and were married on January 28, 1951. Since Herman still needed to complete his commitment to the navy, he and Ramelle moved to the various seaports where he was stationed. Two of these seaports were Boston, Massachusetts and Orange, Texas where they made friends and shared stories with their families of their times living there.
After finishing his enlistment, they moved back to Albemarle, NC where they built their home and Herman enrolled in the Electrician Journeyman Program through the GI Bill. Working as an electrician for over 55 years, Herman worked for various companies in the Charlotte area and the Tennessee Valley Authority. He could also be found wiring houses and doing odd jobs on the side to bring in extra money and help those in the community. He donated countless hours to his church, Plyler Baptist Church, serving on the Facilities Committee making sure the lights were working and heating and air conditioning were ready for Sunday and Wednesday night services. With his beautiful bass voice, he sang for many years in a church quartet for regular church services. He was active in his church, Plyler Baptist Church and later Lakeview Baptist Church, as long as his health permitted. He served as a deacon, Chairman of the Facilities Committee, and other areas of the church. He attained the third degree as a Mason and Shriner.
In his 40’s after rigorous studying and testing, he earned his Electrical Contractors’ License from the state of North Carolina. Watching Herman persevere through this journey, his children saw firsthand the value of an education and the work involved in attaining this goal. What a wonderful role model he was as he constantly encouraged his children and grandchildren to set a goal for what they wanted to do with their lives and to move towards attaining their goals. At graduation day, he was always there with a smile on his face, catching your eye and giving you a slight nod to say, “Well done. I’m proud of you!” Herman’s strong work ethic was honed during many long, sweaty hours of work to provide for his family who he loved dearly.
Herman’s family knew unconditional love from him. Herman knew his Heavenly Father and person Savior loved him unconditionally and he practiced that daily with his family. No matter where he was working or the hours he was working, he made the time to attend the numerous athletic events, piano recitals, awards events, band competitions, and other special times for his children and grandchildren. His children always knew they would find his face in the crowd, smiling and encouraging them, and they could move forward in whatever they were doing.
Herman Faulkner was predeceased by his parents, Clyde Clarence Faulkner, Sr. and Ollie Lizette Ridenhour Faulkner, his love of his life, Elizabeth Ramelle Plyler Faulkner, and siblings, Opal Hicks, Horace Faulkner, Clyde Junior Faulkner, Cleveland Faulkner, and Jack Faulkner. He is survived by his children, Pocahontas Faulkner Noland (Larry) of Albemarle, Kim Faulkner Rhyne (Mark) of Frisco, NC, and Randy Darrell Faulkner (Wanda) of Albemarle. He is survived by one sister, Colin Braswell Guidas of Pinehurst, NC. Treasuring his memory are his grandchildren, Ashleigh Hinson, Dave Williams (Jessica), Brittany Blalock (David), Lauren Hatley (Neil), and Brock Faulkner. Great-grandchildren are Riley Hinson, Blakely Hinson, Emelia (Emmy) Williams, and Elizabeth (Elle) Williams.
Memorial contributions can be made to Plyler Baptist Church Cemetery Fund at 25958 Austin Rd. Albemarle, NC 28001 or to Hospice of Stanly and the Uwharrie at 960 N. First St., Albemarle, NC 28001.
Stanly Funeral & Cremation Care of Albemarle is serving the Faulkner family.