On Oct. 1, 2013, Senior Chief Petty Officer Joe M. Faddis U.S. Navy, retired, was piped aboard ship by the Master Bo’sn for his voyage beyond the great horizon to the home port of eternity where there are always “fair winds and following seas.”
Senior Chief Faddis was born Dec. 2, 1935, at Qualls, in what is now known as Camp Gruber. He was the eighth and youngest child of Joseph Milton and Junie (Marksberry) Faddis.
He was preceded in death by his great-great-grandfather, Alexander Faddis of Scotland and Virginia; his great-grandfather, Thomas Faddis, of Kentucky; his grandfather, Franklin Pierce Faddis, of Qualls; his parents, Milt and Junie Faddis;, and six of his brothers and sisters, Sarah Elsie (Faddis) Fountain, Nettie Florence (Faddis) (Fountain) Huff, Haskell Squire Faddis, Ernest Ausie Faddis, Lee Franklin Faddis, and B.D. (Pete) Faddis; his first wife, Mary Kathleen (Peters) Faddis of Norman; and his second wife Dorothy Annette (Petillo) Faddis of Ola, Ark., whom he was married to for 48 years and was the love of his life.
He is survived by his son from his first wife, Kathleen, Joe M. Faddis Jr. U.S> Navy, retired, and is now a high school teacher; his daughter, from his second wife, Annette, Shawna Christie (Faddis) Ford, who works alongside her husband Phil, a local State Farm insurance agent. In addition, he is survived by four grandchildren, Lt. Tabitha Lynn Faddis U.S.Navy naval aviator; Ryan Nathaniel Faddis, pharmacist; Kelsey Meagan Ford, high school teacher; and Adam Zachary Ford, engineering student; his great-granddaughter, Lanikai Baylee Faddis; and his sister, Laverne Bernice Faddis.
Memorial services will be 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, at Sisco Funeral Chapel, in Springdale, Ark. His remains will be cremated and the ashes buried alongside the ashes of his wife Annette in White Oak Cemetery at Qualls.
Memorial contributions may be made to Circle of Life Hospice, 901 Jones Road, Springdale, Ark., 72764. Online condolences may be left at www.bentoncountyfuneralhom.com. Arrangements are by Benton County Funeral Home, Rogers, Ark.
Benton County Funeral Home, 306 N. Fourth St., Rogers, Ark., (479) 636-6700.