On June 11, 2014, Donald Farmer laid down to sleep and woke up in the presence of Savior Jesus Christ.
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Donald was born on Sept. 12, 1950, in Walterboro, S.C. He was the youngest child of the late Patrick and Hattie Farmer.
Donald attended Ben Franklin High School in Philadelphia and soon after joined the military in 1975. On July 31, 1976, he and Gilda Soto were united in holy matrimony and had five children from this union. They were married nearly 38 years.
In 1980, Donald was born again at the Anchorage Baptist Temple while stationed at Fort Richardson in Alaska. After a successful, 22-year career in the United States Army, he retired as a sergeant first class and was still young enough to start a second career with Imperial Sugar. In 2008, Donald was a survivor of the Imperial Sugar refinery explosion.
Donald enjoyed going to the gym, playing racquet ball, basketball, bowling, he even had a chance to play with the Harlem Globe Trotters. Most people did not know that he was an artist. After retiring, Donald found a hidden talent in baking. His specialties were pound cake and his fried chicken. Donald knew his way around the kitchen.
He leaves to cherish his memory a caring and loving wife, Gilda Farmer of Clover, S.C.; five sons, Carlos of Hinesville, Donald "Frog" of San Antonio, Texas, Alan, Alexander and Christopher, all of Hinesville; 28 grandchildren; mother-in-law, Bertha Zamichieli; daughters-in-law; sisters-in-law, brothers-in-laws; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
His funeral was Sunday afternoon, June 15, at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 1370 Shaw Road in Hinesville. Interment with full military honors was in Georgia Veteran Memorial Cemetery in Glennville.
Dorchester Funeral Home of Midway had charge of arrangements.
Dorchester Funeral Home
7842 E Oglethorpe Highway
Midway, GA 31320
Published in Coastal Courier from June 14 to June 23, 2014