Fay Falkner Quick

Published 10:24 am Monday, November 21, 2011

Fay Falkner Quick


Fay Falkner Quick went to be with her Lord on Nov. 20, 2011. Fay was preceded in death by her parents, Nancy Jane Goodwin Falkner and James Jefferson Falkner, and her 10 siblings. Fay moved to Columbiana when her father was elected sheriff of Shelby County in 1923. Fay continued the tradition of public service by becoming the first woman elected to public office in Shelby County when she became tax collector in 1966. She was re-elected for two more terms and retired in office in 1982.

Fay was devoted to her church, the First Baptist Church of Columbiana, where she loved to sing with the senior’s outreach “Joyful Sound”. Fay was a poet as well as a pioneer politician. She penned numerous tributes for her family and friends, and published her poems for “Joyful Sound” and her church in “Sounding The Joy: A Poetic Tribute to Joyful Sound.”


Ever the matriarch of the Falkner clan, Fay cherished time with her relatives at the annual Falkner reunions. The family looked to her for genealogy details and anecdotal family stories. Fay is survived by her only son, Gene Quick (Judy) of Shelby Shores; her grandson, Scott Quick (Beth); her great-grandsons, Jake and Zach Quick, all of Newnan, Ga.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be at the First Baptist Church of Columbiana from 1-2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011, with a service of celebration of her life at 2 p.m. Pallbearers are Dan Acker, Joe Acker, Sonny Falkner, Tommy Falkner, Mike Hill, Scott Quick and Walter B. White Jr.

The family wishes to thank Mid-South Home Health and Gentiva/Wiregrass Hospice, especially Donna Tate and Jenny Huett, for their professionalism, responsiveness and compassion during Fay’s illness. Profound gratitude is expressed for Fay’s personal caregivers who attended to her every need around the clock during her last months: Courtney Collins, Melissa Grimes, Anne Hairelson, Melissa Jackson, Carol Thompson and Martha Thompson. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Columbiana, Building in Faith Fund, or to the charity of your choice.