Nellie Paul Farr

Nellie Paul Farr, lovingly known as, "Honey", age 90, of Madison,  former director of volunteer services at the Methodist Rehabilitation Center, died  March 30.

Visitation will be  April 1, at Parkway Funeral Home from 4-7 p.m. The service will be April 2 at Madison United Methodist Church with visitation at 10 a.m. and service at 11 a.m. Graveside services will be immediately following at Parkway Memorial Cemetery.

Nellie Paul was a Jackson native and a member of Capital Street United Methodist Church, where she was lay leader and speaker, an officer in the Crusader’s and leader of the Seekers Adult Bible Study.  She was active in Cursillo, serving as a staff leader for retreats.

As a young mother of three children, she served as president of Lester PTA, board member of Peeples Jr. High, Wingfield and Provine High School, and Jackson City Council PTA.

Throughout her life Mrs. Farr was active in community service organizations, serving as chairman of fundraising for the Jackson Area United Way, neighborhood organization chairman for March of Dimes, and Cystic Fibrosis.  She was a former member of Goodwill Auxiliary; Jackson Symphony League, and South Jackson Civic League. Other memberships and interests were Alta-Raymond Garden Club, Wimodasus Book Club, and was active in gubernatorial campaigns as a volunteer and fundraiser.

As director of volunteer services at the Methodist Rehabilitation Center, she gained many friends from her association with staff, patients and volunteers. She recruited, trained, and placed volunteers in worthwhile service positions where they contributed valuable hours of service to patients and staff.  As director, she was a guest speaker for church groups, civic clubs, and workshops for volunteers.

Nellie Paul served as the director of VIPs Madison United Methodist Senior Group for many years until it was, sadly, no longer physically possible.  She truly enjoyed the faithful friendships and fellowship that the VIPs provided. She was presented Chair Emeritus of the VIPs in January 2017 for her years of service in the VIP Ministry. At the time of her death, she was a member of Madison United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women.

Nellie Paul was preceded in death by her parents Jessie Lorea Gates and Frank Culbert Jones, and son, Gary Stephen Farr. She is survived by her husband Richard Ansley Farr Jr.; children: Paula Farr Jackson (Vincent), Jan Farr Duran (Gerald); grandchildren: David Myers (Caitlin), Anna Mach (Hunter), Joy Beth Myers (Tony), Heather Duran Depta (Brent); great Grandchildren: Declan and Pierce Myers, Ruby and Noble Mach, Parker, Labryn and Mabry Hart Depta.

The family would like to thank the staff of Prime Care and Kindred Hospice for the loving care and concern they gave to “Honey” and her longtime caregiver Patricia Hill. “Honey” was cared for by many loving caregivers over the years. She was a mentor, counselor, listener, and friend to all. Honey “gave care” back to her caregivers and thought of them as family. One of her favorite activities was having daily devotionals with her husband and caregivers.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Congregational Care at Madison United Methodist Church.

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