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‘He was an angel here on Earth’: Friends remember Gadsden County deputy Brian Faison

Published: Jan. 4, 2021 at 6:17 PM EST
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - The Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office is mourning another loss of one of its own due to COVID-19.

Back in August, the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office lost their receptionist, Severia Franklin, who died from coronavirus at the age of 71.

On Saturday, the agency was hit with heartache again.

Deputy Brian Faison lost his life to COVID-19. The 51-year-old had served the community for 26 years.

“Regardless of where you went in Gadsden County, you knew that he was, he was a dedicated and caring young man,” Gadsden County Sheriff Morris Young said.

Deputy Faison is described as a light to many: To Sheriff Young, he was not just an employee, but a childhood friend, “Ever since I have known him, since I was a kid, he has been a great guy.”

And Faison was not just a man in uniform, but a smiling face who always said hello to customers at the Quincy Piggly Wiggly, “A good individual, he was always friendly,” shares Greg Schofield, an employee at the grocery store. “Always friendly.”

After retirement last year, Faison decided to put back on the uniform, but he traded the streets of Gadsden County for the aisles of the store.

To those, like Roy Moore, the owner of Piggly Wiggly, says his absence is already felt, “He would speak to everyone, he would smile...it’'s just going to be a void in that store...We will get someone else to be there, but we cannot replace Brian Faison he was a special person, special gentleman, kindhearted, would go the extra mile for you.”

A man known by many as the ‘greeter’, Moore believes Faison is still watching over his community, “He was an angel here on Earth with us, I will tell you that he just loved loved loved.”

Family at this time turned down an interview, but say they are asking for prayers at this time.

The viewing for Faison will be this Thursday, January 7 at Bradwell’s Memorial Mortuary from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. The Funeral services will be held Friday, January 8, at the Bradwell’s Memorial Mortuary at 2 p.m.

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