Dorothy Faye DeShazo

1927~ 2020

 Obit Photo Faye DeShazo   Dorothy Faye DeShazo, age 93, went to receive her final reward on Friday, August 7th, 2020. Born April 13, 1927, she was preceded in death by her parents, Gordon "Jack" and Dona "Tommie" DeShazo, brothers Robert "Bob" DeShazo and George "Pud" DeShazo. Faye is survived by her loving sister, Polly Johnson, wife of Jimmy Roy Johnson, of Leeds.

   Faye was known to many Northwest Airline’s flight crew as a Flight Operations Manager, specifically, the manager of Crew Schedules at Seattle. In this capacity she was highly respected for her fairness and willingness to resolve scheduling problems. Some describe her as a ‘can do’ person. Sterling Bentsen describes Faye as, “One of the top people that ever worked for Northwest. The Crew Controller would try to cover a trip with no results, then Faye would call and you just knew if she was calling there was a real need and people would take the trip.” Faye managerial career with NWA spanned forty years. During that tenure she was based in Minneapolis, Miami, New York, Chicago and finally Seattle. She retired in 1992 to her family home in Leeds, AL.


Leeds, Alabama was her foundational home. She received her education from Mt. Hebron Grammar School, Leeds High School, and Howard College. Airline careers were of a far different ilk in 1952 when Faye was hired by NWA. The is little doubt that the urge to travel lured Faye into airline employment. Throughout her career she traveled extensively with friends and family.

   In retirement, Faye became active in the Leeds, AL community. She was a member of Bold Springs Presbyterian Church, where she served as an elder. In addition, Faye was a lifetime member of the Leeds Historical Society where she served on the Board of Directors. She deeply loved her exceptionally large extended family with over 70 first cousins. One of her favorite pastimes was sharing stories of family history. She is remembered fondly by three generations of nieces and nephews for her generosity, tea parties, candy jar, and readiness to allow them to play dress up with her glamorous designer wardrobe.

   The family requests memorials be made to Bold Springs Cemetery, 2357 Montevallo Road, Leeds, AL, 35094, in lieu of flowers. A life celebration will be held in April at Bold Springs Church. Your memories of Faye will be greatly appreciated and will be forwarded to the family by RNPA.

(- Polly Johnson & Bill Day)