Elmer Ray Farley

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Elmer Ray Farley, age 95, died Sunday afternoon at his residence.

He was born October 17, 1921 and and passed away November 6, 2016.

Ray Farley is survived by his daughters, Linda Clark and Susan Martensen; six grandchildren: Lorrie (John Mark) Jackson, Heather Eskridge, Carrie (Brad) Thomas, Brian (Melissa) Martensen, Larry Clark, and Susan (Cesar) Angkaw and eight great-grandchildren. In addition, he is survived by his treasured "same as family" friends, Jerry and Emily Gordon and Kathy Atkinson.

Mr. Farley was preceded in death by his wife Mary Hill Farley and his daughter Anne Hughes.

Born in Lincoln, Nebraska, Mr. Farley was a child prodigy pianist winning a Superior Rating at the National Piano Contest in 1936, 1937, and 1938. He was also 1st chair of cornet in his award-winning high school band in Denison, Iowa. Continuing his love of music, Mr. Farley served in his church choir for over 50 years, some of that time serving as director as well as organist.

After graduating from the University of Nebraska he served proudly in the US Army from 1942 to 1946 as 1st Lieutenant in the European Theater during World War II. In 1946 he became a Master Mason.

Mr. Farley had a varied and successful career while working at Borden Milk Company, Linton/American Lead Pencil Co., Department of Corrections for the State of Tennessee (rising to Deputy Commissioner), and, finally, Superintendent of the Lewisburg Water and Wastewater Department. At his retirement the department honored him by dedicating the sewer plant to him.

Always one to play a strong part in his community, Mr. Farley was engaged in many civic organizations, such as Lions Club (President and Tail Twister), Board of Director of American Red Cross, Board of Directors Marshall County Library, Chairman of the Trustees and Friends organizing the Board of Directors of the Marshall County Community Theater.

Mr. Farley was also American Public Works Association Chairman and Tennessee Man of the Year along with Marshall County Citizen of the Year. He loved his country and was a patriot to the core! Remember all of those American Flags in his yard on West Commerce on July 4th?

But he was proudest of and dedicated to his church, being a member of the 1st United Methodist Church his entire life in Lewisburg serving in many official capacities. In particular, he supported his beloved wife in the creation of the Mary Farley Care Center.

Visitation with the family will be on Sunday, November 13th from 1 to 2:30 at the 1st United Methodist Church on Church St. Service will begin at 2:30 with burial after at Lone Oak Cemetery.

Donations are welcome to the Mary Farley Care Center, the Marshall County Community Theater, USO or donor's choice. London Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.