Nannie “Nan” Faircloth Sports, 76, of Fayetteville, NC, peacefully passed away while surrounded by her family on January 15, 2021. Nannie was born on December 13, 1944 in Sampson County to the late Nellie and George Faircloth . Nannie was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Dickie Smith Sports; brother, Ruffin Faircloth; Sisters, Agnes Faircloth Horne, Judy Faircloth Bolton, Julia Faircloth Cashwell and Faye Faircloth. She is survived by her Daughter, Kelley Shantelle Sports; Son, William Thomas Sports and wife Alison Wade Sports; Grandchildren, Amanda Joy Sports, Christina Paige Sports, Jacob William Sports, Henley Tomas Sports, William Mason Wade and James Brice Wade; Brother, Hicks Faircloth and wife Mylinda Faircloth; Sisters, Bonnie Faircloth Maxwell and Joyce Faircloth Horne and husband William Horne.
During Nan’s years of growing up, nothing came easy. She accepted an adult role early in life to help provide for her family. The need to assist with everyday life could not be completed with selfishness or personal interest in mind. God knew this and blessed her with a loving and giving nature. Nan was a lady that genuinely cared for others and would sacrifice what she had to better their lives.
Nan graduated from Roseboro-Salemburg High School in 1962 where she was an excellent student and excelled academically. After graduation, she worked for Carolina Telephone Company for a short period before becoming a loan officer at Commercial Credit Corporation. She made a career with Commercial Credit Corporation and retired as a Branch Manager after 42 years of service. Shortly after beginning her work with Commercial Credit Corporation, Nan loaned some money to a customer that resulted in a life-long love affair. On December 31, 1967 Nan and Dickie were married and were not separated until Dickie passed away, August 27, 2020. During their 52 years of marriage, Nan and Dickie raised a family and built many friendships in Fayetteville. Nan will be remembered by many in her community as a very carrying, loving lady that was respected by all who knew her.
Nan was very involved with her children’s activities and never missed a game, pageant or school event. She was also very involved with her grandchildren’s activities and supported them with their baseball, softball and volleyball games and attended many of their school events as well. She loved her family very much and would do anything in the world to make their lives better. This love poured from her every day and she would never ask for anything, it was always what she could do for others. She set a great example of how to love, give and meet the needs of everyone around her.
As we reflect on the fond memories shared with Nan, we know she had the love that can only come from Christ Jesus. It is through him that she has entered her eternal life worshiping God the Father and re-united with her husband, Dickie. Together, they are praising God again.
Thank you for a wonderful life that you shared with so many! We will miss you and look forward to seeing you again when our work is done.
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