Faye, age 86, was born on October 19th in Augusta, Kentucky. She attended Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville before marrying her beloved Brock on August 31, 1948. They were married for 51 years and raised three children. Brock Speer passed away in 1999 at age 79, from complications related to Alzheimer's.
Once they were married, Mrs. Speer joined her husband's family, the Speer Family, as their alto singer. She traveled the country with the group, leaving only briefly to be home with her young children. Upon the high school graduation of their youngest child, Faye rejoined the group, at that time under Brock's management following the passing of Dad and Mom Speer.
Throughout the ’60s and ’70s, the Speer Family was seen on televisions across the nation as part of the "Gospel Singing Jubilee" program, as well as shows such as the "Gospel Singing Caravan." They enjoyed success on the Singing News radio chart with songs such as "What Sins Are You Talking About," "Saved To the Uttermost" and "He's Still in the Fire."
Many Speer Family projects were awarded Grammy nominations, as well as GMA Dove Awards. The group was invited into the Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame in 1998. They were also inducted into the Southern Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame, and the first to receive GMA's Lifetime Achievement Award. Most notably, the family was honored with the opportunity to perform for President Jimmy Carter at the White House during his presidency, as well as their entrance into the Congressional Record on the group's 60th anniversary. At the Grand Ole Gospel Reunion in 1997, Faye was given the Lifetime Achievement Award.
After 75 years, Brock's declining health led to the Speer Family's retirement at the National Quartet Convention in 1998. Following the group's retirement, and Brock's death the next year, Faye continued to make occasional appearances on the Gaither Homecoming stage and videos with the remaining members of the family. In 2015, Faye was awarded an honorary doctorate degree from Trevecca Nazarene University in recognition of her years of service and support of the university.
Faye Speer is survived by her three children: Suzan, Marc (Joyce) Speer, and Brian (Allison) Speer, as well as a host of other friends and family who loved her dearly.
Brian Speer posted this sweet video tribute following his mother's passing:
Sources: Surge Artist Solutions, Brian Speer