Betty Engen Faircloth

1951 - 2021

North Myrtle Beach, SC


Mrs. Betty Engen Faircloth 69, of  N. Myrtle Beach, SC, formerly of Whiteville and LakeWaccamaw passed on Wednesday, July 7, 2021 at her home. She was born September 28, 1951 in Columbus County, the daughter of the late William Eugene Engen and Leola Summersett Engen.

After earning her masters degree in education,  she taught in the Battle Creek, Michigan School Systems and Whiteville City School system. She was an excellent educator,  who focused on quality education for all children, and enjoyed  sharing her expertise in grammar and Shakespearean literature. She was recognized several years with the Excellence In Education Awards by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Betty had an expert knowledge of the Holocaust and was humbled in sharing that knowledge with her students. She was honored when her student's quilt was placed in the National  Holocaust Museum. After a teaching career of 39 years, she retired and put her skills to work advocating for the children at Boys & Girls Home of North Carolina at Lake Waccamaw, where she was her husband, Gary's right hand until his retirement.  She was active in the Whiteville Civitan Club and served as secretary of the Lake Waccamaw Lions Club. 

She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Gary Faircloth;  three sons, William Bradley Faircloth of Asheville,  Travis Faircloth and wife, Lindsay of Little River, SC and Lt. Col. Lewis E. Stewart of Dayton, OH; four grandchildren, Abigail , Colbie, Ally and Bella ; a brother, Dr. Bill Engen and wife, Debbie of Newberry, SC; a sister, Carol Edwards and husband, Rodney of Whiteville; nieces and nephews,  Avery, Casey, Landon, Matt and Jessica.

Her funeral service will be at 2:00 pm Saturday, July 10, 2021 at Westminster Presbyterian Church with Rev. Mark Fisher, Rev. Bruce Sheeks and Rev. Wallyce Todd officiating.

Her family will receive friends 6:00 - 8:00 pm Friday, July 9, 2021 at Peacock Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Boys & Girls Home of North Carolina. PO Box 127, Lake Waccamaw, NC 28450; Community CPR, PO Box 243, Whiteville, NC 28472  and Lake Waccamaw Food Ministry,  PO Box 202, Lake Waccamaw, NC 28450.

View a webcast of Betty's funeral service on her obituary page at www.peacockfuneeral                                                             Access will be available after her service.

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JC and Ann Boone

July 18, 2021 3:59 PM

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Sue Price

July 14, 2021 10:59 AM

Gary so sorry to hear of Betty's passing.. She was always a sweetheart growing up. You probably don't remember me but my dad and mom were friends of the family, Earl and Dot Norris. I can still see her beautiful smile and helping sling those hot dogs and hamburgers. I know she will be missed. Love and prayers for all the family. God Bless

Herman McCall

July 13, 2021 4:55 PM

Please accept our deeply heartfelt condolence to the Faircloth and Engen families. This earth will be a little less magnificent with the passing of Betty, while heaven will surely be enriched. Gary, you and the boys will continue to always be in our thoughts and prayers. May your blessing be abundant!

The McCall Family - Herman, Shelley, Carrie and Darrin

George Webb

July 12, 2021 8:54 PM

Gary, so sorry to hear about Betty's  homecoming. I just heard about it. Rest assure that you and your family are in our prayers.

Richard Harold Highland

July 11, 2021 12:43 PM

Gary, Gladys and I are so sorry we could not be there personally to express our deepest condolences for your loss.  Please know that you and your entire family are and will be in our thoughts and prayers during his time of your bereavement. 
Richard Highland

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