John Wesley Faulk

John Wesley Faulk

John Wesley Faulk, son of Neville Faulk and Rose Morgan, was born May 27, 1879, in Indian Bayou, Louisiana.  In 1901, he married Etta Spell.  They were the parents of six children: Ola Ray, James Wellman, and Roy Willis, who are deceased, and Vera (Mrs. H.B. McCrary), John Boyd, and Nevelyn (Mrs. G. P. Hanley).  After the death of his first wife, Faulk married Bessie Evans in 1921.  They were the parents of one daughter, Mrs. Patricia Gene Billingsley.

Faulk attended public school in his home community.  After high school graduation, he taught one year in Lafayette Parish, then attended Centenary College for two years before returning to Lafayette Parish for three years as a teacher.  He then attended Louisiana State Normal College where he received his Bachelor's Degree in 1904.  He returned to Lafayette Parish where he was Principal of Broussard School from 1904 to 1909.

From 1909 to 1913, Faulk was Principal of Coushatta High School in Red River Parish.  For the next three years, he was a salesman for a school supply company.  In 1916, he became Principal of Indian Bayou School in Vermilion Parish.  During this time, he was also engages in rice farming and cattle raising.

In 1922, Faulk became Superintendent of the Lafayette Parish Schools.  While serving as Superintendent, he attended summer school and received the Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Southwestern Louisiana in 1924 and the Master of Arts Degree from Louisiana State University in 1933.  He remained Superintendent until his death in 1942.  The J.W. Faulk School was named in his honor.