Creation smiled on April 23, 1940 at the birth of Evelyn Faye Holmes to the late Mr. & Mrs. Hurit Hilliard. Her parents rejoiced with this newborn addition to their family. She was also welcomed by her siblings; the late Joe Hilliard, the late James Hilliard, the late Eva Hilliard Bradley, the late Geneva Hilliard Brizendine, Barbara Jean Hilliard Thomas, and Henry Hilliard.
Faye was educated in Robertson County Schools attending Krisle Elementary School and graduating in 1958 from Bransford High School. As Faye endeavored to receive her education, she was introduced to Phillip Nathaniel Holmes. The two became an inseparable couple at Bransford, Faye cheered the football team since Phillip was a noted player. Their romance was finally solidified as their marriage vows was publicly announced in June 1958. They were now a young couple on the adventurous path of life. Phillip had chosen road construction as his career while Faye chose a course in the business arena. Faye was employed by Southern Hills and Kroger. In 2003, she changed employment to Rena's Boutique. She remained at Rena's until her retirement in 2004. Two children were born to this united couple, the late Kimberly Dawn was born in 1962 and the late Kenneth in 1964. The newly happy couple suffered a terrible loss in 1964 when Kenneth died leaving a void in the family. Phil and Faye decided to wrap their daughter with a double portion of love with the loss of their son. Faye's greatest losses were the death of her dear husband, Phillip, in 1999 and her beloved daughter, Kimberly, in 2019. Their deaths were the black hole of her heart. Faye loved her family, and they were always sharing a meal or a family gathering with various members.
She was an avid lover of her religion at First Baptist Church. She never missed a service. She deeply believed in the importance of attending every service. She was a member of the Sunday School Teacher and Usher Board at First Baptist Church, and her club, The Pace Setters. She was highly respected by the members of her church.
Faye was a devoted football fan. Her favorite team was The Green Bay Packers. She felt that no other team could match them! Her movie and television interest always included the westerns. She felt she could have lived during those times. Faye loved living in Springfield, Tennessee because the people and the town itself enjoyed her.
Faye leaves to mourn her granddaughter, Kayla Holmes; three great grandchildren; Adriana, A.J., and Kairo; sister, Barbara Jean Hilliard Thomas; brother; Henry Hilliard: six nephews; James Jr. and Jarell Hilliard, Paul Nixon, Jr. and Christopher Nixon, Gary Shannon, Jr., and Stevie Hilliard; three nieces, Tamicka and Sheena Shannon, and Keitha Wright; sister-in-law, Burma Shannon; brother-in-law, Paul Nixon, and a host of great nieces and nephews, cousins and friends; special friends, Kiesha Hardin and Antonio McCarley
Visitation and funeral service was Saturday, November 14, 2020 at First Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor Emanuel Haygood, Eulogy and Interment in Restlawn Memorial Garden.
W. D. Crowder Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.