James Burdette Farris was born August 30, 1917 to Alec Pearl Farris and Flonnie Huffaker Farris. James Burdette Farris (Jim) was raised in Lawrenceburg, KY and attended the University of KY. Jim and his wife have been married over 67 years and had five children they call their own, one of whom predeceased him, John Randall Farris. He is also predeceased by his brothers, Randall L. Farris and William P. Farris. He is survived by his wife, Anita Tracy Farris; his sister, Mary Ann Farris Haller; four remaining children and their spouses, LTC (Ret.) James Lee Farris (Sun), Mrs. John Farris (Joyce), Jean Ann Farris, Joseph Samuel Farris, and Judy Farris Northington (John); nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Mr. Farris enjoyed researching the Farris and Huffaker genealogy. He was dedicated to keeping the family ties strong. He deeply loved and was loved by his family. Jim’s career at Southern Railway spanned 45 years with jobs in Cincinnati, OH, Macon, GA, and Marietta, GA. He was proud of his work on bridges, tunnels, and in the geotechnical engineering area. He retired in 1985. As an active participant at the First Christian Church in Marietta, he served in many ways, including Elder Emeritus, Deacon, Committee Chair, CMF, and Sunday School Teacher. He donated efforts to state and regional work as well. Jim was recognized by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) as their “2004 State of Georgia Layman of the Year.” The nomination form for this award states it best, “Jim is a quiet reserved gentle man with deep convictions. He is loyal to his church and seeks to live the Christian life in his daily activities.” In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Marietta First Christian Church, 569 Frasier Street SE, Marietta, GA 30060. A Memorial Service will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday at Mayes Ward-Dobbins Marietta Chapel. The family will receive friends following the service at the funeral home.
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