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James R. Farley

August 12, 1931 May 28, 2019
James R. Farley
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SFC James Roy Farley entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, May 28, 2019. He was born on August 12, 1931 in Dinwiddie County to the late Luke Roy Farley and Fannie Bell Jones Farley. He was preceded in death by four brothers (Thurman Farley, Joshua Farley, Lewis Farley, and Linwood Farley).

James R. Farley married Julia Virginia Davis and together they raised three children (Betty Davis Watson (deceased), Mary Farley Whitaker (deceased), Cordell Farley, and a host of foster children. He leaves to cherish his fond memories, 1 son, Cordell (Latrice), 2 daughters, Cynthia and Geneva, 1 son-in-law, Earnest Watson, 12 devoted grandchildren (Jeanette (Tyree), Tina (Wayne), Linda (Ron), Gerline, Robert Lee (Maneesha), Marcella (deceased), Cordell Jr., Olivia, Brandon, Joe III, Latifah, Christopher), 22 devoted great-grandchildren, 25 devoted great-great grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and a devoted military buddy, Mr. Solomon Lewis. He joined Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Dinwiddie County at an early age. He later changed his membership and joined his wife, Julia, at Shiloh Baptist Church where he served as a member of the Hospitality Ministry, Men’s Ministry, Senior Choir, Male Chorus, Usher Ministry, Church Saxonist, and Van Driver. He was a helper to anyone in need of services at the church and was a veteran of the United States Army and Reserves. He was a member of the 275th Supply Unit where he recruited many men and women for service before retiring. In 1995 he retired after 35 years of service at Titmus Optical Company, Petersburg, Va. He won the hearts of many at Shiloh Baptist Church and looked forward to attending and greeting his fellow members. A very special thanks to the Shiloh Church family, Mrs. Barbara Crawley, & Deacon Eric Ford, for assisting him in his time of need.

Granddaddy was a family man and enjoyed cooking for family during the holidays and all family events. He was known for baking delicious sweet potato pies, candied yams, and macaroni and cheese for all occasions and shared generously with his friends. He was a friend to all, opened his home to many and helped anyone in need. Granddaddy was blessed with God-given talents (cook, mechanic, and builder) and made his wife happy by building anything she requested. Together with his son-in-law they built the family’s first home. He was a member of New Life Christian Community Outreach and served in the kitchen preparing dishes for the luncheons. He made a friend wherever he went and didn’t know a stranger. Granddaddy looked forward to greeting his friends on a daily basis at McDonalds and will truly be missed by all.

Funeral Services Thursday, June 6, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. at Shiloh Baptist Church, Blackstone.
Interment Virginia Veterans Cemetery, Amelia.

W.E. Hawkes & Son Funeral Home of Blackstone in charge of arrangements.


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