C. Russell Farmer, Jr.
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SPARTANBURG, SC-- Mr. Farmer died on July 16, 2014 in Spartanburg.
Farmer, 81, was born and raised in Dothan, Alabama to Charles Russell and Eva Glenn Farmer, also natives of Dothan.
He was a graduate of Marion Military Institute and The University of Alabama in 1951 and 1954 respectively. He was selected as the 1,000th initiate and, later, Commander of Theta Chapter, Sigma Nu fraternity. At the university, he served in the Student Government Association and was selected to Who's Who in American College and Universities.
Commissioned, Farmer served in the Army Medical Service Corps. He was a member of the American Legion.
His career was spent at various comptrollership positions with Monsanto Company until his early retirement in Spartanburg at the end of 1985.
His membership in various genealogical associations include: Sons of the American Revolution, Sons of Colonial New England, The Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts, Sons of the Confederacy, Clan MacKintosh of N.A., Scottish Heritage USA, the Scotch-Irish Association, and the Scottish-American Military Society.
Farmer is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Helen Fokes Farmer of LaGrange, Ga. Also, his two beloved daughters, Claire Farmer Harris (Mrs. Phil) of Traveler's Rest and Aimee C. Farmer of Greenville; two beloved granddaughters, Aimee N. Weber (Mrs. Trent) of Snellville, Ga., and Ansley J. Cotton of Anderson; and four great-grandchildren.
Farmer was a life member of the Republican Party, active from 1964 through 1998 when he became an independent conservative, and has shared his views for over three decades, in his many letters to the editor published in the Herald-Journal. He was also a published poet.
In lieu of flowers, please send a charitable contribution to the Wofford Terrier Club (used for scholarship only) or St. Luke's Free Medical Clinic, or the
Farmer's ashes will be interred at the Episcopal Church of the Advent at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 21 after a short memorial service with the Rev. Ned Morris officiating. Visitation to follow.
Published in Spartanburg Herald-Journal from July 20 to July 21, 2014