1932 – 2013
CANTON — William Ray Farmer, 80, of the Cruso community, passed away on Monday, April 1, 2013, at his residence.
A native and lifelong resident of Haywood County, he was a son of the late Marion Samuel and Effie Mae Frizzell Farmer. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Lucille and Naomi. Ray retired from Champion International and was a member of Meadow Grove Baptist Church. He was a U. S. Army veteran of the Korean conflict. Ray was a very special man, loved by all who knew him. He had a very dedicated work ethic, always staying busy working with his son and sons-in-laws and enjoyed working in his vegetable and flower gardens. Ray was dedicated to his family and his Christian faith.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Pauline Frazier Farmer; three daughters, Ann McCarter, and her husband, Randy, of Canton, Peggy Sheppard, and her husband, Wesley, of Magalia, California, and Donna Farmer and her fiancé, Keith Layne, of Canton; one son, Jeff Farmer, and his wife, Beverly, of Canton; three sisters, Opal Stockton, of Canton, Marie Heatherly, of Candler, and Christine Littrell, and her husband, Bob, of Canton; one brother, Kenneth Farmer, of Canton; six grandchildren, Cody Parton, Nathan Yarbrough (Desiree), Amber Turner (Jason), all of Canton, Kayla Rae Farmer, who was special to him, Amy and Ashley Sheppard, of California; three great-grandchildren, Hayden Elizabeth Yarbrough, of Canton, Alexis and Ethan Sheppard, of California; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 5, in the Canton Chapel of Wells Funeral Home with the Rev. Mark Edwards officiating. Burial will follow at Garrett-Hillcrest Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday evening at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to MedWest-Haywood Hospice, 560 Leroy George Drive, Clyde, NC 28721.
For those who desire, an online memorial register is available at www.wellsfuneralhome.com.