Sunday, March 5, 2017

RIP Papa

My maternal grandfather, Papa Farris, who was 96 years old, passed away on Saturday after 2+ weeks in the hospital with flu, and aspiration pneumonia.  He was a WW2 vet (and Purple Heart recipient) and he fought hard until the end.  Although it is so hard to loose anyone you love, I truly believe that his passing was a blessing.  His health had been declining for a long time and had much suffering over the past several years.  It has been especially hard for my mom, who has been his primary caregiver.  We are very appreciative of all of the well wishes.

Here is an article from the Lexington Herald Leader Newspaper, written by Jack Brammer:

"Edward A. Farris, a longtime political figure in Kentucky government who was a close adviser to late Govs. Earle C. Clements in the late 1940s and Lawrence W. Wetherby in the 1950s and state Alcoholic Beverage Commissioner for Govs. Julian Carrroll, John Y. Brown Jr. and Martha Layne Collins, died late Saturday night at Baptist Health Lexington. He was 96.

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A native of Adair County, Farris was “a truly great public servant,” said Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd, a longtime friend and neighbor.

Shepherd said Farris was executive secretary for Clements and Wetherby. The position is now called chief of staff.

Farris played a big role in several key decisions during those administrations, said Shepherd, including supporting integration in the state after the U.S. Supreme Court Brown v. Board of Education ruling, funding rural roads, reforming school finance and establishing the state parks system.

“He was the classic behind the scenes political operative who was a brilliant political tactician and strategist, but who was motivated solely by the public interest and never by money or self interest,” said Shepherd.

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Farris was an infantry sergeant under General George S. Patton in World War II.

Private graveside service will be in the Cane Valley Cemetery in Adair County with full military honors by VFW Post 6097."

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In other news, here are a few pics of the boys from last week.  We have started swim lessons!  

Sending grandmom hugs:

Hugs or wrestling?

Fishing in our neighborhood pond.  Caught x2 bass! 

Beau's 1st pierogi!  

The boy loved spaghetti squash!










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