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Obituary: Faye Herrin Teague

Faye Herrin Teague, 80, of Kure Beach, passed away January 12, 2013 at Lower Cape Fear Hospice LifeCare Center. She was born March 13, 1932 to the late W. T. and Flossie Herrin. She was preceded in death by her son, Philip Norris Teague, sister, Mozelle Stone and brother, Lee Herrin.
Faye is survived by her husband of 61 years, Norris Teague, daughter and son-in-law, Melanie Teague and Michael Affemann, son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Julie Teague, grandchildren, Tatiana and Alexei Affemann and Brandon and Austin Teague. Sisters, Betty (Frank) Hinshaw, Doris Brown, Carol (Ronald) Lee and Brenda (Reggie) Goodwin and brother, David (Dawn) Herrin, Sister-in-law Auguste Herrin, Brother-in-law Berkley Stone and numerous loving nieces and nephews. Heidi Baldwin and Connie Matthews were her loving and dedicated care givers for the last three years.
Until her health declined, Faye was an integral part of the annual Island of Lights, board member on the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce, the Merchant’s Association and the Community Center, served on the Convention-Tourism Bureau and was involved with the Garden Club. In 2004, she was presented the Kure Beach Community Spirit and the Lifetime Contributions Award.
Faye had a reputation for “doing for others”. She always put everyone else’s needs ahead of her own. She and Norris owned the Sand Castle Inn motel at Kure Beach for more than 30 years. During those years, on more than one occasion, Faye allowed those less fortunate to stay at the motel for no charge. The family and those who cleaned the motel rooms looked forward to Sunday lunches. As soon as the work was completed, a wonderful lunch of roast beef, mashed potatoes and banana pudding was waiting, prepared of course, by Faye.
Everyone who knew Faye knew of her love for everything Christmas. Family and friends often joked that she had more Christmas decorations than most Christmas stores. The Island of Lights Open House tour took her weeks to prepare for, but nothing made her happier than to have everyone enjoy seeing her numerous collectibles and Christmas decorations. For many years, Faye hosted a Christmas party which would involve having the entire motel filled with out of town family members
She was the oldest of eight children and was the family Matriarch. She was the heart of the family.
All of her siblings would call her to talk and share what was happening in their lives. Faye always took time to listen, no matter how busy she might have been.
During the ‘off season’ when business was slow, Faye loved to travel. She enjoyed going on bus tours across the US, but her real love was cruising. She went on numerous cruises with her daughter and grandchildren, and also with her sisters.
Her last cruise was with 14 family members, including Norris, her children and grandchildren, 4 years ago, just as her health was starting to decline.
Special thanks to all those wonderful staff members at Lower Cape Fear Hospice who helped make a sad time much more bearable. Memorials in Faye’s honor can be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice Care Center.
A funeral service was held 2pm Wednesday January 16, 2013 at Andrews Mortuary Valley Chapel. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park.
The family received friends from 1pm until 2pm Wednesday January 16, 2013 at Andrews Mortuary Valley Chapel.