James R. Fayton Sr. who was affectionately known as “Ray” transitioned into eternal rest with his wife and family at his side on September 19, 2022. Ray was born on March 12, 1951, in Norfolk, VA to the late Sister Audrey Mae Hammond and raised by the late Deacon James Hammond.
He married the love of his life Carolyn E. Lee 41 years ago. He leaves a legacy of two children, James R. Fayton, Jr. and Chelsea J. Fayton. Ray attended Norfolk Public Schools, where he later worked and retired after over 25 years of service. He was a member of CrownLyfe Ministries, which became his “first love,” and remained faithful to the ministry until the very end.
Deacon Fayton was a dedicated community leader and member of the LSR League where he held many positions. Most recently he held the positions of President & Coach. Ray lived a philosophy of “Let Your Actions Speak Louder Than Your Words.”
He was preceded in death by his parents: Deacon James E. Hammond and Sister Audrey Hammond. He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Carolyn E. Fayton, a son, James (Tynesha) Fayton Jr., a daughter, Chelsea J. Fayton, (10) siblings, Edward (Joyce) Hammond, Sheila (Douglas) Hopkins, Jeanette (Sherwood) Moore, Christopher Hammond, Julie (James) Braxton, Dennis (Barbara) Hammond, Kevin (Gwen) Hammond, Trina Rodgers, Precious Bady-Mayo, Princess Bady-Bannister (3) grandchildren, James Fayton III, Diamond Fayton, Jaylen Fayton; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
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Linda Holliman saysSeptember 21, 2022 at 7:45 pm
Our condolences and prayers for the family
We loved our Dear Cousin Ray Ray
Tonya Burnett saysSeptember 21, 2022 at 9:14 pm
Our prayers are with the family as we celebrate James and mourn his passing. He will live on in our hearts. Love the Kelly Family and the Hammond Family.
RICKY TYRONE BUTLER saysSeptember 22, 2022 at 11:02 am
God bless the family at this time of great loss. Titustown friend for ever.
Jean Mallory saysSeptember 22, 2022 at 11:30 pm
My thoughts and prayers are with you Chelsey and your family. 🙏
Tamika & Kymani Smith saysSeptember 23, 2022 at 9:11 am
My Deepest Condolences to The Fayton Family. Mr. J (as my daughter affectionately calls him) had been her assistant several times, and he was like family to us. I Thank him for Loving, Guiding, and Treating her as his own. Praying for your Strength, Comfort and Understanding.
Michelle Wills saysSeptember 23, 2022 at 9:31 pm
Mr. Fayton was a wonderful man of God. He will truly be missed. I’m praying for God’s comfort over his family and friends.
Toysha White saysSeptember 26, 2022 at 11:08 am
Mr. Fayton was a good man very meek and mild mannered my friend to the end! He told me a few weeks ago you will always be my friend. You will be missed. prayers to family and friends.
Nina Bellamy saysSeptember 27, 2022 at 9:30 pm
I would like to extend sincere and heart felt condolences to my dear cousin Carolyn Fayton, and my sweet little cousin Chelsea, to the Lee family, the Fayton family and the Hammond family. I love you guys so much and I am truly praying for your strength in your time of bereavement. It is my prayer that God surround your heart with His love and shower you with His peace….like only He can. May He rock you in the cradle of His arms and hold you close to His bosom with His nailed scared hands. I know it hurts right now, but God has you in His care and as the days go by, the pain will slowly diminish. Hold on to God’s hand because it’s unchanging. God bless each you and may heaven smile upon you.
Crystal Simons-Waters saysSeptember 28, 2022 at 8:05 am
Sending my dearest sympathy to Chelsea and Family. Every time I was in his presence he made me laugh! He will be missed! May God continue to bless and give the Fayton family the strength and peace you may need during your time of bereavement. Eddie, Crystal and Chris Waters 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽
Debra Walker saysSeptember 28, 2022 at 8:42 am
Sending condolences to the family. May God comfort you during this difficult time. I worked with “Ray” at NPS and, he was always a wonderful person to talk to. He will truly be missed.
Tiffany Tyson ( Bland ) saysSeptember 28, 2022 at 1:21 pm
Mr. Fayton was my favorite person to see back in elementary school . My condolences to the family .
Kimberly Tharpe saysSeptember 28, 2022 at 3:32 pm
I would like to send my heart
felt condolences to my friend Mrs. Carol Fayton and Family my prayer and Blessing to all 🙏🖤
Harold D Woodley saysSeptember 29, 2022 at 2:09 pm
My deepest sympathies and condolences to James’ wife, children and all of his family. May the comfort and consolation of the Holy Spirit be upon all who mourn his passing. My prayers are with you.
Laverne & Robert Sellers saysSeptember 29, 2022 at 6:36 pm
My deepest condolences and sympathy to Pastor Jay , and the Fayton family may God continue to strengthen you
Aunt Edna & Family saysSeptember 30, 2022 at 12:24 am
Our family sends our condolences to all of you during this very difficult time.
Aunt Edna, Debra, Will,
Corey Thompson saysSeptember 30, 2022 at 2:14 pm
Gonna miss the circle and our basketball conversations. Until we meet again my friend. I know you’re happy in your Father’s house, RIP
Julian J Barlow III saysSeptember 30, 2022 at 2:44 pm
My heartfelt condolences to the family, Ray and I shared times at work and off the job that I will always cherish. He had charisma and spoke his mind. Rest easy my Brother!!
Pearlie Kelly saysSeptember 30, 2022 at 8:41 pm
Condolences to the family. So sorry for your loss.
Helen Long saysOctober 1, 2022 at 1:11 am
Sending prayers and condolences to the Fayton and Hammond families. May God comfort and keep you .
Sandra Deadwyler saysOctober 1, 2022 at 9:21 am
My prayers go out to the family. I am going to miss my old buddy. God has a purpose that has a plan. My brother will be missed
Samiya Sanderson and Family saysOctober 1, 2022 at 9:22 am
Our condolences go out to the Fayton family. This is definitely a great loss to the community. Coach Fayton was always there to look out for my boys and daughter when they were playing LSR football and basketball. He was a wonderful person to talk to, and always made you feel welcomed as if you were his personal family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. May God continue to give you the strength that you need to get through this difficult time.Coach Fayton will greatly be missed.
Samiya Sanderson and Family
Derek Williams saysOctober 1, 2022 at 10:24 am
My prayers go out to the family. I’m going to miss one of my good friends !!!
Sylvia Woodley saysOctober 1, 2022 at 1:56 pm
My deepest condolences and prayers to the Fayton family. May God give you the strength you need in this time of sadness.
Kevin and Janet Harris saysOctober 1, 2022 at 2:18 pm
We are sending prayers and condolences to Carol and family. We will truly miss Ray.
Doniqka Banks saysOctober 1, 2022 at 3:57 pm
My prayers and condolences to the Fayton and Hammond family. I worked with Mr Ray at norview high school back in 06-07 he was a very nice guy and kept it real. He will be missed..🙏
Ryan Williams saysOctober 1, 2022 at 4:14 pm
James was a good guy and an awesome friend. He will truly be missed!
Carolyn Cage, Dionne May --Norfolk Public Schools saysOctober 4, 2022 at 8:36 pm
We were so shocked to hear of Mr. Fayton’s passing. He was a blessing to our program as a job coach and advocate for students with significant support needs. He helped launch new programs that gave our students new opportunities that they might not otherwise have. We count it a privilege and a blessing to have known and worked with him. Our prayers go out to the family for comfort and strength in the days ahead, knowing he left a powerful legacy. Peace.
Mrs. Okafor (Urquhart) saysOctober 5, 2022 at 10:03 am
Chelsea & Family,
Cherish your memories of Mr. Fayton. Treasure the time spent with your dad!
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