Remembrance 5K to be held in memory of 'BB' Farrar March 7

Friday, February 27, 2015
Bradden Hickman and Amelia Begley pose with their new caregiver, Krystal Farrar. They are holding a scrapbook that Brenda "BB" Farrar made of her students in 2007 and 2008.

By Ivory Riner

Staff Writer

After Brenda Kaye "BB" Farrar's passing on Dec. 11 from double pneumonia, the Farrar family is overwhelmed with funeral expenses.

Farrar was a lover of children. She was the owner of ABC Child Care in Cornersville since its opening in 2006.

"She always thought about the children first. She was a kid at heart," said Steven Farrar, Brenda Farrar's son.

From the business side of the daycare to the child-care aspect, she did it all. She and her husband, Gene Farrar, ran the daycare by themselves since building it in their back yard.

After working for Sun Drop for 40 years off and on, Gene decided to retire to spend his time being his wife's running man. He picked up her groceries, cooked, and cleaned while Farrar watched the children.

"You never saw one without the other, Papa Gene and BB were so close with one another," said Jennifer Chandler, a close friend of Brenda's.

Gene had been married to BB for 39 years when she passed away.

After her passing, several questioned who would take over the daycare.

For a time no one knew. With it being the only child-care facility in Cornersville, parents were devastated about what happened and worried where their children would stay.

It was Krystal, Farrar's daughter-in-law, who quit her three jobs to take over her mother-in-law's position.

"After she passed, I thought, 'what's going to happen to these kids?' So there was not a doubt in my mind that I wouldn't do this," said Krystal.

"So far, it has been the best decision I've ever made. I absolutely love these children."

After her passing, Cornersville Baptist Church, where BB was a member, held a spaghetti and chili supper that raised $5,000 for her funeral expenses.

To help with the remainder of the expenses, Chandler is holding a benefit run in memory of Farrar.

Chandler, whose son went to ABC Child Care, knew Farrar on a personal level and thought the world of her.

"Miss BB donated $100 to all of the fundraisers I hosted," said Chandler.

"When the children graduated from her preschool program, she gave all the parents a video of the pictures she took throughout the year. She loved her children so much, especially around Halloween and Christmas."

A Remembrance 5K run will be held at 8 a.m. Saturday, March 7, starting from the Cornersville Park Gazebo.

To register for the run or donate in BB's memory, contact Jennifer Chandler at jchandler@benchmarkpt.com, Shannon Wells at bradshan1019@gmail.com or Shelley Barron at shelleyscarfone@yahoo.com.