April 7, 2014
Richard “Dick” Farris Sr., 72, of Winston-Salem died Thursday, March 27, 2014, with his wife Susan by his side, after a tough battle with dementia.
Dick was born in the farming community of Sunshine to Hiram Lee and Ina Sue Farris on June 11, 1941. To fill in the time away from farm work, Dick played basketball and baseball while in high school. He attended Appalachian State University, graduating in 1963 with a biology degree. His first job out of school was as a science teacher at Hunter Ashley High School in Gastonia. After a two year stint teaching he decided to pursue a career in industry by taking a position at Century Furniture in Hickory. This lead to a long career in Human Resources. Dick enjoyed an 18 year career at East Carolina University Human Resources, ultimately becoming Director.
Dick spent the final part of his life and career in Clemmons. Dick found great joy in being a dedicated husband to his wife of 14 years, Susan. He found community at Clemmons Moravian Church and at the Clemmons Rotary Club. His final job selling home medical supplies to the elderly at Freedom Mobility brought great fulfillment. This allowed him to do what he loved best, interacting with and helping people.
He was a great father to his sons, Rick Farris and wife, Susan, of Apex, Kerry Farris and wife, Sharon, of Charlotte, and David Farris and wife, Rhonda, of Sharon, S.C. He also enjoyed being a grandfather to his eight grandchildren, Brianna, Lucas, Devon, Lee, Lauren, Celeste, Donovan, and Nathan.
He is survived by his sister Sarah Navey of Fort Mill, S.C.; and nieces and a nephew; and his ex-wife, Patricia, of Charlotte, the mother of his children.
A memorial service will be held at the Clemmons Moravian Church on Saturday, April 12, 2014, at 11 a.m. The family will receive friends immediately afterward in the fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Clemmons Moravian Church.
Condolences may be left at CremationSocietyNC.com.