Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Obituary for Neil Farris husband of parishioner Marian Farris

James Neil Farris, age 91, of Shepherdsville, KY, died April 10, 2016, at his farm, following a recent diagnosis of Multiple Myeloma. Born in 1924 in Cane Valley, KY, Neil was predeceased by his parents, James Guy and Nell Tupman Farris; brothers and sisters, Mary O'Bannon, Aubrey Farris, Lorena Jackson, Darrell Farris and Cleda Baker. He was a member of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

Neil was a World War II veteran having served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps in the South Pacific where, among his other assignments, he was stationed on the island of Tinian, the home of the Enola Gay, at the time of preparations for and during the bombing of Hiroshima.

After honorable discharge from the Army, Neil attended the University of Kentucky on the G.I. Bill where he obtained bachelors and masters degrees in Agriculture. He was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity. At UK, Neil met his bride-to-be, Marian Fisher, and they were married on December 17, 1949.

Neil and Marian moved to Bullitt County in 1950, where they both taught at Shepherdsville High School. Neil served as class sponsor for the senior class of 1954.

After teaching, Neil worked for the UK Agricultural Extension Office, reporting livestock sale trends for the local media, including WHAS.

In 1966, Neil was elected County Judge Executive of Bullitt County where he led the implementation of Planning and Zoning and solid waste prevention measures. After serving in local government, Neil was chosen as the Executive Director of the former Jefferson Area Development District, which ultimately became the Kentuckiana Regional Planning and Development Agency, where he served until his retirement in 1988.

In retirement, Neil and Marian have enjoyed traveling, tending their farm and assisting in local volunteer efforts, most notably the Bullitt County Red Cross.

Neil is survived by his wife of 66 years, Marian; his son, Eric Farris (Elaine); daughter, Susan Schroeder (Tom); grandchildren, Marc Farris (Dr. Niki Gupta), Tracey Weisenfeld (Justin), Audrey and Hayley Schroeder; many nieces and nephews whom he adored; and his canine companion, "Preacher."

The family would like to give special recognition and thanks to the wonderful, caring staff of the 2nd floor TCU and 5th floor oncology units at the Norton Women's and Kosair Children's Hospital on Dutchman's Lane.

Funeral service will be conducted at 10 am on Thursday, April 14, 2016 in the chapel of Schoppenhorst, Underwood and Brooks Funeral Home (Preston Highway at Brooks Road) with interment in Hebron Cemetery. Friends may pay their respects on Wednesday from 3-8 pm at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the KY Humane Society, 241 Steedly Drive, Louisville, KY 40214 (kyhumane.org)

Please pray for Neil's eternal rest and joy in the Kingdom, and peace and comfort for his family and friends.