The family received friends on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, at the Eldridge Church of Christ from 6 till 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held today, Dec. 12, 2012 at 10 a.m. at the Eldridge Church of Christ in Eldridge. Gilbert Behel and Mike King will officiate.
Pallbears will be his grandsons and grandsons-in-law.
Wallace Farris was an humble spirit, always unselfishly giving of himself. He was a man that spoke more by example than words. He was always positive with his thoughts and comments. He loved spending time with all of his family. His favorite time was when all the children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren came home, gathered at his house, surrounded with love, laughter, good food, and priceless moments together as a family. He loved to laugh, he loved to watch boxing and football, especially Alabama Crimson Tide football, his favorite team.
He was retired from Russell Coal Company-Bankhead Mining, as a proud member of the United Mine Workers of America. He was also retired from Deaton Truck Line. He loved his country, the United States of America. He was a proud veteran and a true patriot. He was awarded the American Theatre and Asiatic Pacific Medal. He served his country in the United States Navy from 1943 until the end of WWII. He recalled the exact moment when the announcement was made that the war was over. He was honorably discharged on Jan. 19, 1946.
But most of all, he loved the Lord, and he lived the life that it showed. He was a faithful servant of our Lord and savior, Jesus Christ. He loved the Eldridge Church of Christ, his home congregation. He served as an Elder there for 47 years until the time of his passing. He taught the Adult Sunday School Class there for 60 years. He served as the church treasurer there for 53 years. He spent countless hours working at the church building with maintenance of the building. He was actively involved with the Food Bank Ministry of the church. As an elder, he visited the sick and prayed with the families, offering his help in his quiet way. He was a man of God, a servant of God who was always present when the doors of the Eldridge Church of Christ were opened. In his later years, when his health was failing, it hurt him more that he could not go to church. That pain was greater than the physical pain from his illness.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 69 and 3/4 years, Christine Long Farris. Also preceding him in death was his father, Mack William Farris and mother, Leona Catherine Tittle Farris. Also four brothers: Frank, Charlie, Pervie, and Bruce Farris; and five sisters: Pearl McGough, Paralee McGough, Racie Garrett, ErmaJean Setliff, and Melba Farris.
He is survived by three sons: Dale Farris of Eldridge, and Mack (Karen) Farris of Fort Smith, Ark. and Ken Farris of Fort Smith, Ark.. and one daughter, Cindy (Larry) Hall of Carbon Hill; nine grandchildren: Teri (Jeff) Smith of Jasper, Tami Farris of Jasper, Lee J. (Savanna) Farris of Fort Smith, Ark. Brett Cooper of Fort Smith, Ark., and Daniel Cooper of Fort Smith, Ark. Melissa (David) Vitale of Fort Smith, Ark., and Erin (Will) Rhodes of Muldrow, Okla., Ryan Hall of Carbon Hill and Stacy (Mike) Courington of Jasper; five great-grandchildren: Caden, Cash, and Kenadie Farris of Fort Smith, Ark., and Cole Courington of Jasper, and soon-to-be-born, William Shepherd Rhodes, of Muldrow, Okla.; one brother, Grady Farris of Lynn; three sisters, Jewell (Dude) McCreless and Doris Wiley of Haleyville and MaryLee Cummings of Lynn. He is also survived by Eloise Farris, Wanda Farris Gray and Pat Kimbrough.
The family would like to thank his wonderful caregivers: Mary Lou Hulsey Nix and Gladys Wilson who were there with the family at the time of his passing. Also JoAnn Todd and Brenda Darty. The family would like to especially thank Janet Kirkland, RN, from the UMWA for her many years of care. Also to the entire staff of Comfort Care Hospice: Jeff Chambless, Steve Tubbs, Lynn Gutherie, Gail Bice, Mandy Wilheit, Glenn, Donna, Don and Dawn. Also, Lori Jenkins, RN.
Memorial donations may be made to Eldridge Church of Christ, Childhaven or Rainbow Omega.