Faye Elliott Coulliette, 87, widow of Charles Christopher Coulliette, died Tuesday, October 30, 2018.
Born in Pinewood, October 29, 1931, she was the tenth child of the late Wayne Vivian Elliott, Sr. and Annie Lou Britton Elliott.
Mrs.Coulliette was a lifelong member of Pisgah Pentecostal Holiness Church and also enjoyed fellowship at Andrews Chapel UMC.
Surviving are one sister, Ethel Barwick (D.L.) of Pinewood and scores of adoring nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by dearly loved siblings: Wayne, Marion, DuValle, Richard, Virginia, Ida, Joy. Abie, Tony and Walden.
After Pinewood HS, Faye graduated from Emmanuel College and was employed in medical records. She left that occupation upon their engagement, realizing that the Southern Sportsman had his mind set on being an accomplished farmer and that he would need a full time wife to keep house, cook, garden, keep farm books and track his whereabouts when hunting and fishing. Charles insisted that his new fiance' learn to drive and it is rumored that she insisted he give up smoking. Faye managed Charles' life as best she could and still daily visited her widowed mother and older sister Joy for afternoon tea. That tradition became a caregiving role decades later, but all 5 sisters ramped up their Saturday fun with a Joy ride to town for some delicacy such as fried chicken or soft serve ice cream. Faye enjoyed it as much as Joy did! During her whole life, Faye willingly poured herself into supporting her family. She read her Bible daily and wrote out many prayers for all of their extended family. Hospitality to her meant hosting Thanksgiving, New Year's Eve shindigs, fish frys, graduation parties, wedding receptions, Sunday dinners and missionary guests from India and Africa. She and Charles often accompanied close family on mountain trips or beach vacations and repeatedly they found something historic to take in wherever you were. You were extra special if you got to sit in the front seat of their Buick right between them! It was a different kind of special, however, to be in the kitchen with Charles and Faye. One minute seemed like a Mister Rogers' Neighborhood episode and the next was like Bonanza comes to Mayberry. Mixing bowls were spinning, pots were boiling, the sink water was running and Faye was always looking for some doggit something Charles couldn't find. What better time to learn how decades of marital love endures when you're young and impressionable and up to your elbows in something you don't even like to eat. Whether it swam, ran, flew or grew in their large garden, it likely passed through a kitchen with blue countertops and blue wallpaper in Panola and either ended up in a jar on the shelf or in a bag in the freezer, just waiting to become part of some big dinner or be given away in a sack. Besides the "usual" home canning, brave and loving nieces and nephews learned by helping make Wheat Biscuits, homemade ice cream, Peanut Brittle, Spice Cookies, Fruitcake, Blackberry Acid, Sea Foam candy and anything Chocolate! Knowing Charles and Faye well meant that you learned from them how to take the good with the bad, work hard, enjoy your free time and to surround yourself with those who love you.
A celebration of Faye's life by way of Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, November 3 at 2:00 P.M. at Pisgah Pentecostal Holiness Church in Pinewood with David Elliott, Delmar Jenkinson and D.L. Barwick officiating.
Burial will follow in the Elliott Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 5:30 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. on Friday, November 2 at the Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to World Missions Ministries for Robert Daniel Murmu, Account #23000P, PO Box 12609 Oklahoma City, OK 73157 or to the Elliott Family Cemetery Association in care of Miriam B. Johnson, 2430 Tearcoat Road, Alcolu, SC 29001.
Online condolences may be sent to www.sumterfunerals.com
Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home & Crematory, 221 Broad Street, Sumter, is in charge of the arrangements (803) 775-9386.