Gary Faulkner passed away on February 4, 2023, peacefully in his sleep next to his loving wife and faithful Chihuahua Sky. A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, February 18, 2023, at Somerville Jubilee Christian Center 17462 State Hwy 36 S. Somerville, TX 77879, at 11am with a fellowship lunch following the service.
Gary was born on November 17, 1952, in Houston, TX to Bernard Faulkner and Mabel Winder. He had been the Senior Pastor of Somerville Jubilee Christian Center since 1994 and preached thru 2019 when dementia set in, and he was no longer able to do so.
Gary touched many lives and led many people to the Lord over the course of his years in ministry. He had a love for people and a passion for leading them to the Lord. He had a heart of gold and would give you the shirt off his back if needed. He has never met a stranger and knew people everywhere he went. Gary also loved to sing and could often be heard singing to his congregation at the church. He loved to ride his Harley and always said one day he would be riding on the streets of gold in Heaven. He was also a very active member of the Tribe of Judah Motorcycle Ministry from 2003 to 2015.
Gary is preceded in death by his parents, Mable and Bernard Faulkner and sisters- in-law Linda Faulkner and June Faulkner.
His survivors include: his wife of 41 years, Barbara (BJ) Faulkner of Somerville, his sister Berrnie Ybargen and husband Frank, his brother Winder Faulkner, and his brother Mike Faulkner and wife Judy.
In addition he is survived by his four children: Gary Robert Faulkner and wife Brenda from Ponchatoula Louisiana, Billie Taylor and husband David from Caldwell Texas, Shane Faulkner from Alvin Texas, Lisa Rhodes and husband Jason from Somerville Texas; as well as his nine grandchildren: Samantha Faulkner, Nathan Carlton, Ryan Taylor, Joshua Faulkner, Levi Taylor, Cody Brown, Garrett Brown, Macy Taylor, and Blake Taylor and his four great grandchildren: Rodney Carlton, Lilith Carlton, Bowen Brown and Dmitri Carlton.
He is also survived by his brother in law Edward Mentock whom he helped raise as a son from the age of 16 and wife Kelly, sister in laws Evelyn Mentock and partner Sal, Eileen Robles, Donna Cisneros and husband Felix, along with various nieces and nephews and many spiritual children in the ministry.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Pastor Gary’s honor to support the ministry of Somerville Jubilee Christian Center. Donations can be mailed to:
Somerville Jubilee Christian Center PO Box 643 Somerville, TX 77879