Bill J. Farris obituary

Bill J. Farris Obituary

Elizabeth, New Mexico, United States

August 14, 1926 - January 25, 2017

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Bill J. Farris obituary

Bill J. Farris Obituary

Aug 14, 1926 - Jan 25, 2017

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Bill J. Farris 90 of Amarillo, Texas passed away February 25, 2017. Funeral Services will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 4, 2017 at First Baptist Church with Rev. Corky Holland officiating. Visitation will be held 6:00-8:00 P.M. Friday, March 3, 2017 at Cox Funeral Home. Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, March 6, 2017 at Texas State Veteran's Cemetery at Abilene. Bill was born on August 14, 1926 in Carlsbad, NM to Claude and Elsie Farris. He was raised in Carlsbad, where he graduated from high school in 1944. He then enlisted in the United States Army Air Corp, where he served in Germany until his honorable discharge in 1946. Upon his return, he attended the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and graduated in 1951. He married Dona Weldon in 1949 in Carlsbad. Bill worked as an electrical engineer for Southwestern Public Service for over 35 years, beginning his career in Carlsbad and working in Roswell and Amarillo before moving to Borger, where he served as the district manager and completed his career. They retired to Amarillo in 1986. Bill was a devoted member of First Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon for many years. He was also a member of the Rotary Club, the Kiwanis and a member of many electrical engineering boards, including: the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and the Texas Society of Professional Engineers. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed golfing frequently with his friends, even hitting 2 holes in one after the age of 80. Most of all, Bill was a devoted husband, father and grandfather to his family and cherished the time he was able to spend with them. Bill is survived by wife, Dona Farris of Amarillo; son, Bill Farris, Jr. and wife Carla of Spring, TX; 2 daughters, Valerie Redmon and husband William T. Redmon, Jr. of Buena Vista, CO, Karla Dorsett and husband Darrell of Abilene, TX and ; 8 grandchildren, Byran Farris and wife Katie of Katy, TX, Brody Farris and wife Amber of Spring, TX, Elizabeth Williams and husband Carmichael of Murphy, TX, Aubrey Shultz and husband Jeffery of Baltimore, MD, Kristen Contreras and husband Domingo of Allen, TX, William T. Redmon III and wife Kelly of Wylie, TX, John Redmon and wife Lindsey of Clovis, NM and Amy Dorsett of Abilene, TX and 15 great grandchildren, Trey and Jake Farris, Ella and Dylan Farris, Maddison, Caden and Sydney Williams, Alexis, Ethan, Taylor and Emma Schultz, Allie, Kristena, Domingo and Emily Contreras and sisters-in-law, Hazel Farris and Kay Madaris. Bill is preceded in death by parents and brother, Claude Farris, Jr. and brother-in-law Don Madaris.Sign our online guest book at
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