In Memory

Mrs. Faye Ramsey (Grade School Teacher 1950-1984)

  September 2005


Mrs. Jewel Fay (Jones) Ramsey 
Beloved wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend, Jewel Fay Jones Ramsey passed away on Thursday, September 1, 2005. Fay was the 7th of 8 children born to Robert and Hannah Elizabeth (Carmichael) Jones in Clayton, Texas, on Easter Sunday, April 8, 1917. She attended public school in Clayton and graduated from high school in Carthage, Texas. Fay was active in the Baptist church in Clayton, where she led singing and taught Sunday school. She left the family farm and attended Stephen F. Austin State Teachers College, where she earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education. Fay's first teaching position was at Silas Elementary School, a two-room school near Timpson. There she met and fell in love with the most handsome man she said she had ever seen, Hershell Ramsey. Fay and Hershell were married on December 20, 1941, at the Methodist Parsonage in Timpson by Reverend Tunnell. Fay taught in Silas from 1939 to 1942 and Hershell taught there from 1940 until his induction into the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1942. Being newlyweds, Fay followed Hershell to several U.S. military bases before he was sent to Hennings Air Force Base near London, England. While Hershell was in England, Danny Jean, their only daughter was born. Fay resumed her teaching career as a first grade teacher in Apple Springs following WWII. The Ramsey's moved to Garrison in 1949 where Hershell served as Superintendent and High School Principal and Fay taught first grade in the Timpson and Garrison school systems until their retirement in 1984. Fay taught many, many young people; she was an excellent teacher, loved by her students and respected by other teachers. She worked in many school events and activities. Fay loved the Garrison Methodist Church where she served in many capacities. She taught Sunday school, directed vacation Bible school, and served on many church committees. Fay was a supportive and hard-working companion to Hershell's ministry in the Methodist Church. His pastorate at Joaquin United Methodist Church was celebrated by the construction of the Hershell and Fay Ramsey Fellowship Hall, which continues to serve the people of that congregation. Each year, Joaquin Methodist Church celebrates Hershell and Fay Ramsey Day. Kind and loving, Fay lived her life exemplifying her Christian beliefs. She was thoughtful of others, always wanting to help and support family, friends, and neighbors. She adored her husband, daughter, and grandson. There was nothing too difficult for her to do for them and for other family members. She enjoyed growing flowers, playing 42 with friends, and visiting with her family members. She loved the people in Garrison and especially the members of her Sunday school class. Fay was a devoted wife, a loving mother, grandmother, a proud great-grandmother, a caring daughter and sister, and delightful aunt. Fay was predeceased by her beloved husband of 63 years, Hershell Ramsey. She is survived by her loving daughter, Danny, her husband, Jim Robinson, and her beloved grandson, Brad Ballard, wife Kristy and great grandchildren, Braden Alan and Brynn Ramsey Ballard. Fay is also survived by her sister, Ebbie Saunders, her sister-in-law, Marcelle Cobb and many, many loving nieces and nephews. Her brothers Roy, Erus, Bennie, and Buford and sisters Lila Mae and Vera preceded her in death. She was greatly loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Funeral services will be held on at 3 p.m. on Sunday, September 4th at the First United Methodist Church of Garrison with interment following at the Shady Grove Cemetery located in Shelby County. Reverend Danhurst will officiate with music rendered by the First United Methodist Church Choir. The family will received friends on Saturday evening at the Garrison Funeral Home for a time of visitation. Garrison Funeral Home, Garrison, Texas is in charge of arrangements.


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07/15/14 08:33 PM #1    

Lawayne Hendricks (1969)

I never had mrs Ramsey for a teacher, but I knew her well. Her and her husband mr Hershel had a little lake house across the road from where I lived in the Stockman community. They would spend weekends there , and being a youngster I would sneak across the road and visit them. They were both very nice and accommodating people. 

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