Obituary James Richard Farris of Southern Pines

James Richard Farris, 78, of Southern Pines, passed peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, July 3rd.

Born in Memphis, TN, and raised in Jackson, MS, he was the son of the late Joe Harvey Farris and Emmetta Parker Farris.  In addition to his parents, James is preceded in death by his wife Marcia Lynn Olson Farris.  He was the father of Joe Lynn Farris and Jamie Ann Farris. He is survived by his 3 grandchildren:  Marcia Farris Krawczak, husband Mitchell, Demarcus “Dee” Nealy and Stephen Hunter Farris, wife Brianna.  He was the great grandfather of Melody Claire, Madilynn Auroroa and James Richard.  James is also survived by his brother Joe Patterson “Pat” Farris and sisters Jeanie Farris McCrory and Susie Farris Pettit.

James had served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam era.  He had served in four tours of duty before earning his honorable discharge.  James’s great joy was his family and his greatest pride was the life he devoted to caring for them and cheering for the University of Alabama Crimson, ROLL TIDE!

A graveside ceremony will be held at the Pinelawn Memorial Park 1105 W. Morganton Rd. Southern Pines, on Friday, July 9th at 11:00 am.

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Services are entrusted to Boles Funeral Home of Southern Pines.

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