1948 - 2019|
John Farris, 70, of Cross Lanes, WV passed away Sunday, August 11, 2019 after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. He was born November 1, 1948 in Charleston, WV and graduated from Charleston High School. He served as a Corporal in the United States Marines during the Vietnam War. He was only 28 days away from returning home, when he was wounded. John was a retired car salesman with thirty years experience. He was an avid golfer enjoying local golf courses as well as out of town golf outings with a special group of golf buddies. John’s acquaintances knew him as an ex-marine with some rough edges while those closer to John witnessed his compassion and kindness with a sense of integrity. He was a very loyal person as witnesses by his family and friends. John had a sense of humor like no other. John was preceded in death by his parents, Emile and Melba Farris. He is survived by his son James “Boom” McKinney (Suzanne) of Cross Lanes; his daughters Jackie Cunningham (Danny) of Ripley and Kimberly Carnes (Kevin) of Cross Lanes. He is also survived by his twin brother Joe Farris of Ashville, NC and brother Emile Farris (Cheryl) of Scott Depot; three grandchildren Brandi Longfellow (Austin), Nikki Western (Kevin) and Cameo McKinney; and one great grandchild Benjamin Western. Although predeceased, John’s spiritual mentor Bob McAteer held a significant place in John’s heart. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to The Serenity Club 1225 Ohio Avenue, Dunbar, WV 25064 or The Gary Sinise Foundation which provides funds for research and support to those with Parkinson’s Disease 901 Avenue of The Stars Suite 1050, Los Angeles, CA 90067 https:www.garysinisefoundation.org. Services will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery, Dunbar, WV. Inurnment will follow. Hall Funeral Home and Crematory, Proctorville, Ohio is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.ehallfuneralhome.com.