Reverend Felicia Maria Fox was born on June 9, 1982 to the late Frank Harmon Fox & Naomi “Sue” Tolley Fox in Asheville, NC. Felicia made her triumphant transition to glory on April 21, 2021, following injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Assuredly, the angels rejoiced at her arrival.
Felicia grew up in Spruce Pine, NC and graduated in 2000 from Mitchell High School. She was called to ministry at a young age, and followed through with her dream of becoming a minister. Felicia graduated in 2004 from Mars Hill University with a Bachelor of Arts in Religion with a concentration in Youth Leadership and minor in Psychology, and received her Masters of Divinity with a focus in Christian Education from Gardner-Webb University in 2008.
Felicia met her soulmate in Alyssa Bradshaw Fox. Felicia brought Alyssa home to the beautiful mountains of NC to be wed. The two vowed their life long love to each other on January 8, 2021, wrapped up in a quilt hand sewed by Felicia’s Grandmother, as the snow fell. Felicia and Alyssa recently purchased and moved into the house that they had hoped to build a life they loved together.
Over the past 20 years, Reverend Felicia served multiple congregations as a youth minister and other capacities including Grassy Creek Baptist Church, Enka Baptist Church, Caroleen Baptist Church, Mount Olive First Baptist, First Baptist Gastonia, and most recently at Benson Baptist Church.
Felicia lived her life by John 3:30 “He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.” She loved seeing students grow and make their faith their own. Her goal in ministering to children was to help lay the foundation of loving God, loving others, and loving themselves. When she was not spreading Gods word, Felicia loved cooking, drawing, gardening, treasure hunting, and traveling. Felicia also had a love of journaling, writing hundreds of entries daily dating back to her youth. She also recently became a published author with her book “God’s Table”. She was affectionately known by everyone and never met a stranger. To know her was to love her.
Though the clouds may hang over, there will be a brighter day, in that land that they call heaven, God shall wipe all tears away. We who remain with faith and assurance that God will see us through are her wife Alyssa Bradshaw Fox, her Aunt Cathy (Ken) Nelson of Jonesville, Uncle Joe Tolley of Burnsville, Cousin Josh (Valerie) Nelson, and children Madison and Makenzie of Burnsville, In-Laws Steve & Donna Bradshaw of Goldsboro, Sister-In-Laws Tabatha (Hal) Hollingsworth of Hope Mills, Michele (Kevin) Best of Goldsboro, and Brother-in-Law Miles (Maria) Bradshaw of Honolulu, Nieces Lainey and Makinley Best of Goldsboro, Nephews Jacob (Hannah) Hollingsworth, Matthew Hollingsworth, Lucas Hollingsworth of Hope Mills, Great-Nephew Lucas Hollingsworth, Best Friends Kim Thompson of Columbia, SC, and Sarah Whisenhunt of Weber City, VA, and Fur Babies Murphy, Bentley, Pumpkin, Mason, Wu and Tang.
Her seeds are well-sown; her service on earth is complete and she now experiences the victory and triumph of eternal life.
A celebration of her life will be held Monday, April 26, 2021 at 11 a.m. at Benson Baptist Church with Dr. Lawrence Powers and Reverend Steven Fuller officiating. The family will receive friends following the service. Those in attendance are asked to please wear a face covering and practice social distancing. A graveside service will be held Monday, April 26, 2021 at 2 p.m at Wayne Memorial Park in Dudley.
Although flowers are welcome, memorial contributions may be directed to Benson Baptist Church Youth Group, P.O. Box 323, Benson, North Carolina 27504 or www.bensonbaptist.org.
The family is in the care of Howell Funeral Home & Crematory in Goldsboro.
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