William Everett Farris, “Bill”, 70, of Decatur, died Wednesday, March 11, 2015, in Decatur Memorial Hospital.
The son of John Farris and Virginia Lucille Clark was born in Danville, Illinois, in June of 1944. Bill was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and retired from Wagner
Castings as a furnace operator.
Visitation will be at Galilee Baptist Church, 3434 N. Christmas Tree Road, Decatur, IL, on Sunday, March 15, 2015 from 5 pm to 7 pm. There will be a
graveside service at Oak Hill Cemetery, Springfield, IL, on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 2 pm. Pastor J.J. Hairston will be officiating. Memorials may be made
to American Cancer Society, or American Heart Association (3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, IL 60674), or American Kidney Fund (11921 Rockville Pike,
Suite 300, Rockville, MD 20852) in Bill’s name. Tanzyus Logan Funeral Service & Care is in charge of arrangements.
Bill married Mary Patterson in November of 1968. Surviving are his wife, Mary Farris; daughter, Theresa Elder; son, Michael Farris; 2 granddaughters,
Virginia and Cheyenne Elder of Decatur; 2 grandsons, Kristian and Cooper Farris of Pekin, IL; sister, Barbara Reschke of Florida; stepsisters, Ruth Weller of
Riverton, IL and Dora Graves of Florida; and brothers, John (Bud) Farris of Texas and Fred Farris of Decatur, IL.
He was preceded in death by his parents; 2 brothers, Wayne and Michael Farris; stepmother, Mildred Farris; and stepsister, Betty Fulton.
Bill was noted to be a loving husband, a great father figure, fun loving, always smiling, and made people laugh. He lived through the railroad explosion. He
loved bowling, fishing and country western music. He was an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Bears and the Illini. Special memories to Bill were the
birth of each of his own children and the birth of each grandchild. Bill will be remembered by his saying, “bubble gum in the fifth.” His companionship will be
missed the most.
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