Roy Benton Farris – Obituary

by Lynn McMillen
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Mr. Roy Benton Farris, age 85 of Bolivar, departed this life Tuesday evening, August 7, 2012 at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital.

The widower of Margaret Aline Farris and Myra Jane Farris, Mr. Farris was born in Bolivar October 23, 1926 to the late Marcus Benton and Cora Belle Logan Farris. He worked for over 20 years for the Tennessee State Highway Department prior to retirement and also worked as a farmer, a driver for Sealtest Milk, a road grader for the County Highway Department, and for the Hardeman County Veterans’ Service Office. He was a member of Parrans Chapel Baptist Church and served as former County Road Commissioner and coached little league baseball.

A veteran of the United States Army, he served his country during World War II, earning the Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon, the Army of Occupation Medal and the Victory Medal. He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #2949 in Bolivar and was a former VFW Commander.

He leaves as his survivors a daughter, Opha Farris Ash and husband Donnal of Potts Camp, Mississippi; a son, Wayne Farris of Higley, Arizona; three step-daughters, Lisa Grantham and husband Kevin of Shelbyville, Kentucky, Leah Wages and husband Michael of Jackson and Kathy Weaver of Toone; seven grandchildren, Benton Ash, Barrett Ash, Roy Farris, Meagan Farris, Morgan Grantham, Myria Grantham and Lydia Wages; one great-grandchild, Camden Ash; two sisters, Maggie Thomas of Enterprise, Alabama, and Elizabeth Wood of Marion, Arkansas; three nephews and one niece.

In addition to his first wife, Margaret, who passed away May 14, 1982, second wife Myra, who died July 9, 2000, and his parents, a daughter, Susan Kay Farris, precedes him in death.

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