MADISON ~ Richard Ansley Farr, Jr, lovingly known as “Papa”, 92, of Madison, MS passed away peacefully Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at the Mississippi State Veterans Home.
Richard was born in Meridian, MS, July 30, 1926 to Treba Toinette Nichols and Richard Ansley Farr, Sr.
After moving to Jackson, Richard attended Central High School and then joined the United States Army, serving in World War II in the 99th Division. Richard served in Europe under General Patton’s 3rd Army (Belgium, France and Germany), receiving CIB (Combat Infantryman Badge). Upon his return, Richard married his high school sweetheart, Nellie Paul Jones. They celebrated 71 years of marriage. They exchanged their love through hundreds of love letters written during WWII continuing throughout their marriage.
Richard is preceded in death by his wife, Nellie Paul Farr, who died in March of this year, his son, Gary Stephen Farr and his brother, Jim Farr.
He is survived by his daughters, 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, his brothers, Ralph Farr, Terry Farr and his sister, Vicki Ladner.
Richard was a long-time member of Capitol Street Methodist Church and later joined Madison United Methodist Church where he was a member until his death.
When reflecting on “Papa” the words faithful and humble come first to mind. He was such a faithful husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was always there for his family helping and serving in any way that was needed. He did it with the kindest humility with no need of recognition. He adored his wife and always let her shine. Although usually in the background, his whole family shined brighter because of him.
The family would like to thank the staff of Prime Care, Kindred Hospice and MS State Veterans Home for the loving care and concern they gave to “Papa” and his longtime caregiver, Patricia Hill. “Papa” was cared for by many loving caregivers over the years.
Funeral services will be held at Parkway Funeral Home in Ridgeland. Visitation for Richard will be Sunday, June 16, at Parkway Funeral Home from 4-7 p.m. The service will be Monday, June 17, at Madison United Methodist Chapel with visitation at 1 p.m. and service at 2 p.m. Military graveside service will follow at Parkway Memorial Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Congregational Care at Madison United Methodist Church.