Teresa “Faye” Felder Black, born Oct. 2, 1962, passed away unexpectedly in her most familiar environment amongst close friends Sunday, Apr. 24, at the age of 59.
Preceded in death by her parents Linda Lou Ford Felder and Joseph Cephus Felder, Faye is survived by her only child, son Bryce Joseph Black of Sealy; her brother Lester James Felder (Frauke) of Cedar Park; her niece Chanel Dianne Felder of Indian Land, SC and her stepson Darrell Williams of Houston, and a host of other family members including aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews throughout the United States.
Faye was a devout Christian with a true servant’s heart. She put God first and always made herself available to help others – friends, family and strangers alike. She remained an established, active member of the United Methodist Church for her entire life beginning at Logan’s Chapel UMC in McNair, and later St. Mark’s UMC in La Porte,.
She worked hard to ensure that everyone felt included and took on the role of family Matriarch at a young age upon the death of her mother. Faye worked tirelessly on family reunions, trips and other gatherings and rarely missed an opportunity to acknowledge holidays, birthdays and events special to others.
She was a proud graduate of Ross S. Sterling High School – Class of 1981, Lee College and Lamar University in Beaumont. But she was most proud of being Lester’s big sister, Chanel’s aunt and Bryce’s mom. She had a beautiful smile that radiated upon mention of Bryce’s name or when he entered a room. She could honestly be described as a bit of a “helicopter mom” and as Bryce’s biggest fan who supported him in all his many endeavors from Little League to his love for all things Rodeo!
An educator for the past 21 years, Faye excelled in her work. She was a beloved member of the Baytown Junior High (BJS) staff working as a Special Education Teacher since 2006. She thoroughly enjoyed teaching Language Arts & Writing Composition to sixth through eighth graders. During her tenure at BJS, Faye also tutored students in STAAR objectives, implemented the “Fast For-Word” Reading Program and served as the Robotics UIL Coach and the Special Education Team Lead. Prior to teaching at BJS, she taught at St. Joseph School from 2001-2006.
Among Faye’s many accomplishments was the implementation of Science Labs in collaboration with retired ExxonMobil Scientists; leading after school tutoring through the GCCISD Title 1 program; serving as Student Council-Sponsor, OLWEUS Bullying Team member, 8th Grade Banquet-Plan ner, PTO Teacher Representative, sponsor and member of the Christian Student Union/Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Washington D.C. – School Trip Coordinator. She was also an AVID Team Member and actively involved in the Boys Athletic Booster Club.
Faye’s genuine commitment to educating and supporting students did not go unnoticed. While at St. Joseph School, she was awarded Teacher of the Year and the Monsignor O’Sullivan Teacher Excellence Award. She was awarded Teacher of the Year again at BJS for the 2018-2019 school year. On Apr. 28, it was announced that Faye is a finalist for the Gulf Coast Educators Federal Credit Union 2022 Appreciated Teacher of the Year Award.
A Celebration of Faye’s Life and Legacy will be held Friday, May 6 from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., at Robey Funeral Home Chapel in Baytown, TX 77520. Funeral Services will be Saturday, May 7 at 11 a.m. at Sandridge Baptist Church, FM 102 County Road 259, Egypt, TX 77436.