Paul F. Farris

Paul F. Farris

July 18, 1925 - December 24, 2013

Paul F. Farris, 88, of Gray, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013, at Knox County Hospital. Born July 18, 1925, he was the son of the late Emery and Martha Farris. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by five brothers and two sisters.

He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. A benevolent, kind-hearted man, Paul was a dedicated, excellent caregiver for his family, especially his father and mother, his sister Pauline Yelton Dinsmore, and his sister Frances Farris.

With an early appreciation for the value of an education, he was graduated from Lynn Camp High School on April 27, 1945. Four years later in 1949, he began his beloved profession as a teacher at Keck School, a one-room school with all eight grades. He retired with 35+ years, finishing his career at Grays School. During those years, he was bestowed several honors as a renowned Kentucky educator.

Known by his family and friends for his colorful bowties, beautiful flowers, and interesting stories, he never met a stranger.

Survivors include one brother, Earl Farris of Oak Ridge, Tenn., and several nieces and nephews, as well as a host of friends, all who will miss him.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, in the Hart Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Kevin Roach officiating. Burial will follow in Gray Cemetery.

The family of Paul Farris will receive friends from 11 A.M. until the funeral hour at 2:00 P.M. Saturday at Hart Funeral Home, Inc., located at 1011 Master Street in Corbin. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Gideon Memorial Bible Plan.

  • Charlotte & Calvin vaughn
    Posted at 13:47h, 28 December Reply

    So sorry for the loss!!
    He will be missed!!

  • Marlene Belew Huff
    Posted at 15:07h, 28 December Reply

    Mr. Farris inspired my love of learning and teaching. He was kind at all costs. Thank goodness that people like Mr. Farris are here to show how lovely life can be! Godspeed Mr. Farris!

  • Debbie Branham
    Posted at 18:40h, 28 December Reply

    On Tuesday the 24th I lost someone that had became very special to me, I was unable to attend the service due to my illness. We had become very close, we shared alot of jokes, laughs, and yes some tears too. At first hearing of his passing saddened my heart, but only for a short time. He has worked hard and had finally recieved his reward of rest in heaven. I can imagine him walking through smelling all the flowers that he loved so much. You will be missed by me Paul and through our friendship we formed a mutual bond of respect and love for each other. Debbie Branham

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