LEXINGTON, Ky. - Lt. Col. Charles L. Farris, age 96, passed away peacefully Sunday morning, February 10th. “Charlie” was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years Helen Farris, brother Bill Farris and sister Louise Howell. He leaves behind two children, Sue V. Farris, Lexington and Chip (Becky) Farris, Greenville, NC as well as his sister, Ruth Philpot, Owensboro, and brother, Dan Farris (Ann), Gray, TN. He has two wonderful grandchildren, Trey (Jodi) Reaves and Jason Bradshaw as well as three beautiful great-grandchildren, Meraiha, Cayden and Caitlynn. He also leaves a special friend, Lenora Jones and many walking/story telling “Lunch Bunch” buddies at The ROC as well as three nieces and nephews.
Charlie was born in Benham, KY 5/28/1916, to Roy and Nancy Farris but moved to Corbin, KY where he graduated from high school in 1934. He earned a scholarship to play football for Eastern KY Teacher’s College in Richmond, KY where he received S.I.A.A. recognition and graduated in 1938.
He was hired to teach math and coach football in Carrollton, KY from 1938-1941 and there met his future wife, Helen Virginia Williams. In June, 1941 he was inducted into the U.S. Army and was appointed an Aviation Cadet and was sent to the University of Chicago to study meteorology. He was a meteorologist for the 8th Air Force Division during W.W. II and served faithfully in numerous assignments including England, Washington, DC, Savannah, Ga., Adana, Turkey and Mobile, Al. He earned three Air Force Outstanding Unit awards and retired as a Lt. Col. In 1965.
After retirement from the Air Force he came back to Kentucky and started the Junior Air Force ROTC program at Henry Clay High School in 1966 and taught there until he retired in 1976.
A funeral service will be held Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at Immanuel Baptist Church at 2:00 PM. The family will greet friends and well wishers before the service from 12 PM till service. Pallbearers will be Joe B. Hall, Steve Arnett, David Arnett, Jim Atkins, Larry Hopkins and Oscar Combs. Honorary Pallbearers will be Lonnie Demaree, Roger Parry, Don Dilday, Dick Roberts, Don Sullivan, Steve Stuckey and Roy Holsclaw.
In lieu of flowers, Memorials can be made to Immanuel Baptist Church Recreational Outreach Center (ROC).
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