Family

Faye’s family has largely shaped who she is today.  She grew up on the farm with her mother, father, grandmother, sister, aunt, and uncle.  Her father owned an automobile repair shop and was an active member of their church.  Faye’s mother kept a very busy schedule taking care of the household.  Faye’s grandmother was a wonderful cook and provided a special presence at home.  Her sister to this day is one of her closest friends. In Faye’s words, “I wish everyone could have a family and parents like I had.”  One of the things she values most is unconditional respect for one’s elders, something that is rare to find in families today.  One of Faye’s heroes, Billy Graham, said, “A child who is allowed to be disrespectful to his parents will not have true respect for anyone.”

Mother

Faye’s mom, Elizabeth Caldwell Reid, was an incredible woman.  What Faye remembers from her childhood was that her mother was always keeping herself busy at home.  Elizabeth sewed all of the family’s clothing and taught Faye how to sew as well.  She also washed and ironed frequently.  In terms of what needed to be done on the farm, Faye’s mother was responsible for canning and freezing fruit and various produce. She cooked and cleaned and was able to keep the household in order.  She was a very supportive mother whom Faye loved dearly.

Faye and her mother in the 1980s; photo courtesy of Faye Reid

Father

From his involvement in the church to his ownership of an automobile repair store, J. Moore Reid lived a very active, well-rounded life.  One of J. Moore’s life mottos was, “If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right or well.”  He always encouraged Faye to give everything her best effort.  At the Reid family’s farm, J. Moore was responsible for running the property and making sure everything was going smoothly with the land.  Outside of the home, he owned an auto repair shop in Davidson called City Garage.  It was located on Main Street across the street from where Flat Iron is today, next to Ben and Jerry’s.  J. Moore also was very involved with their church, Williamson’s Chapel United Methodist Church.  Click here to learn a bit about her father’s role in the church.

J. Moore and Elizabeth Reid in the 1970s; photo courtesy of Faye Reid

Grandmother

Faye’s Grandmother, Mullie, was her mother’s mom and lived with the Reid family during Faye’s childhood years.  Faye remembers her delicious cooking and baking.  Mullie’s specialty were her “Stickies,” which Faye describes as rolled up dough, sprinkled with brown sugar, drizzled with butter and cut into little cookies.  They were chewy and delectable with a flavor that will always remind Faye of her grandmother.

Mullie in the 1970s; photo courtesy of Faye Reid

Sister

Margaret in her 20s; photo courtesy of Faye Reid

 

Margaret Elizabeth Reid was born eight years earlier than Faye, in 1928, which created a large age gap in childhood.  However, once the difference in years between them became less significant, they became the greatest of friends with an invaluable relationship. Faye’s sister got married in her twenties at Williamson’s Chapel United Methodist Church to a man named Ken Sherrill.  It was a small and simple, but very special wedding.  Faye was the only attendant and her mother made the wedding dress.  After the wedding, life changed for Faye as her sister moved out of the family home, but she did not move far away.  Once married, Margaret acquired a new stepdaughter, Elaine Satterfield, and later two step-granddaughters that live in Charlotte today. Her stepdaughter was one of the first females to receive a soccer scholarship at Davidson College.

Margaret today; photo courtesy of Faye Reid

 

 

 

After her husband passed away, Margaret moved in with Faye and the two of them still live together happily as the closest of friends.  Faye describes Margaret as one of the kindest people she knows.  Everyone gets along with her and she is truly a light in others’ lives.

 “A loyal sister is worth a thousand friends.”- Marian Eigerman

 

 

 

Adopted Family

Through Williamson’s Chapel, Faye participated in an adopt-a-family program, which allows people to serve as adopted grandparents for other church families.  Faye says that the opportunity is one of the greatest blessings she has ever experienced.  In 2003, Faye adopted the Schwab family that had just moved to the area from New York.  Kevin and Kathy Schwab have three sons named Derek, Corey, and Taylor, all of whom serve as grandchildren for Faye.  Faye’s eyes light up when she speaks of the family and the successes of the boys.  The youngest, Taylor, is now a junior at East Carolina University.  Faye and the Schwabs used to spend holidays together and the family would come over to visit Faye frequently. Faye tells a story about how the family came over to rake the leaves that covered her lawn one fall and how the hours spent together in her yard served as a bonding experience. Unfortunately, the Schwabs recently had to move to Tennessee for Kevin’s job.  Faye misses their close proximity but still keeps in touch with the family regularly.

 

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© 2011 Dr. Kristi S. Multhaup, Ph.D. | Davidson College | Davidson, NC 28035 | Phone: 704.894.2008
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The text, video, audio, and website are the result of interviews conducted by Amy Sinclair,
Davidson College Class of 2012, in the fall of 2011.