Yates Wellington Faison, Jr. ’38

Yates Wellington Faison, Jr. ’38, of Charlotte, N.C., died Dec. 3 at his residence. He was born Sept. 6, 1917, in Charlotte, the son of Yates W. and Mary Cameron Faison. His beloved wife of 59 years, Peggy Rule Faison, preceded him in death in 2005. He is survived by his son, Yates Faison III ’69 (Robin), 9916 Park Walk E., Charlotte, NC 28269; his son, David Faison ’72 (Kim); and his daughter, Sally Faison. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Christopher, Grace, and Jonathan Faison. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his two brothers, William ’42 and Cameron ’50 Faison.
Faison earned a bachelor of science degree from Davidson, and while there, was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon social fraternity and served as president. He was also elected to membership in Omicron Delta Kappa national leadership fraternity. He later graduated from the Stoner School of Banking at Rutgers University. He was employed by American Trust Company in Charlotte following graduation and remained with the bank and its successors for approximately 40 years before retiring.
He served in the U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1946, and ultimately attained the rank of lieutenant commander. During WWII, Faison served in various North and South Pacific locations, including the Aleutian Islands and Guam. While with the bank, he served as senior vice president, chairman of the Charlotte board, and senior banking officer.
He was active in several civic organizations, including the Greater Carolinas Chapter of the American Red Cross, where he was chairman, and with the United Way. He was a lifelong member of Myers Park Presbyterian Church and served as treasurer, chairman of the finance committee, building committee, and deacon. He was an avid golfer for over 70 years.