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.