With his wife, Lillian, forever at his side, Farris Bryson passed peacefully at home on Tuesday, June 10, 2014, after a valiant battle with cancer. Farris was born to Lee and Mary Bryson on October 3, 1926 in Sylva, North Carolina. He was a regular Huck Finn, running barefoot through the woods, fishing in the creek and finding whatever trouble a young boy could find. Upon graduating from Sylva High School and in the middle of World War II, he served on a destroyer in the United States Navy, at the young age of seventeen. He was honorably discharged at the age of nineteen and accepted an opportunity provided by the Armed Services to return to high school where he met his lifelong partner and soul mate, Lillian Moore. With two young children in tow, Farris and Lillian moved to the Pacific Northwest where they raised their young family. Farris was a natural athlete and excelled in any and every sport he chose. He was always larger than life itself; working tirelessly to improve the lives of everyone he met. With these innate abilities it was no surprise that he chose to run for the Presidency of the AWPPW, turning this union into one of the most powerful labor unions in the country. Farris remained President of AWPPS until his retirement in 1994. Retirement was the best for Farris and Lil. They traveled everywhere and at any time. The quiet times were spent at their lovely home in Mukilteo, anchored between the Lighthouse and the Mukilteo Ferry. Farris was predeceased by his parents, Lee and Mary Bryson; his brother, Burger Bryson; and his sister, Harriett Dillard. He is survived by his wife, Lillian Bryson; his daughters, Brenda Keefe (Paul) and Rhonda Holle (Rolf); his grandchildren, Jennifer Hazeltine (Derek), Stephanie Andrews (Martin), Justin Keefe (Elena), Danielle O'Keefe, and Ryan Holle; and his great grandchildren, Taylor Hazeltine, Jackson Hazeltine, Elliott Andrews, Wren Andrews, Tula Andrews; and baby Andrews due early Fall. We all miss him dearly and continually rejoice in his incredible caring and guidance. Please join us in a celebration of his life, at 1:00, Saturday, June 14, 2014, The Hazeltines, 7010 114th Avenue N.E., Lake Stevens, Wash. In lieu of flowers, please donate to
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Published in The Herald (Everett) from June 12 to June 13, 2014