Pfeiffer University mourns the death on May 18, 2017, of Rev. William H. Faggart ’60, emeritus professor of sociology and social work, Pfeiffer College, 1964-94. Rev. Faggart arrived at Pfeiffer to serve as visiting lecturer of sociology, a position he held for one year before being appointed assistant professor of sociology. In 1972, he was promoted to associate professor preceding a term as head of the sociology department; in 1980, he was presented with the Student Government Association Appreciation Award. In addition, he is credited with building Centennial Monument, the brick edifice adjacent to Pfeiffer’s Administration Building (constructed of bricks from the school’s original building on Lick Mountain) in celebration of the institution’s 100th anniversary in 1985. At the time of his retirement, he held the title associate professor of sociology and social work.
Rev. Faggart was born Sept. 28, 1928, in Kannapolis, N.C., and graduated from J.W. Cannon High School in 1945, then served in the U.S. Marine Corps, 1946-47. He graduated from Pfeiffer College in 1960 with an A.B. in religion and minor in education, and entered Duke University Divinity School, graduating in 1963. After postgraduate studies at Duke, he earned a master of arts degree in sociology from Appalachian State University in 1971.
In 1960, Rev. Faggart was ordained a deacon in The United Methodist Church (UMC) and three years later became an elder. From 1967-72, while teaching at Pfeiffer, he served as associate chaplain and chaplain to the college. Throughout his career, he was minister to several congregations of the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. These include Shiloh UMC, Bellemont UMC, Wesley Chapel UMC, New London UMC and Oakboro UMC. He also taught for the UMC Western Conference and UMC Board of Education. From 1973-75, he was a social worker for the Monroe (N.C.) School System.
Rev. Faggart was a member of the Southern Sociological Association and was entered into criminal justice honor society Lambda Alpha Epsilon in 1978. His civic record includes membership in the Lions Club, affiliation with the Stanly County Mental Health Board and teaching speed reading at Stanly Community College.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy “Dot” Benfield Faggart, who lives in New London. He was preceded in death by their daughter, S. Diane Faggart ’79.
The family will receive vistors, Sun., May 21, 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m., Hartsell Funeral Home, 522 N. Second Street, Albemarle.The funeral will follow immediately at Hartsell's Lefler Memorial Chapel.