Dr. Guy Robert Farmer, Sr., 75, of Calhoun City, died January 19, 2012 at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo, Ms. He was born September 20, 1936 in Wesson, MS the son of Robert Hugh and Lavern Batton Farmer.
Funeral services will be Sunday January 22, 2012 3:00PM at the First Baptist Church in Calhoun City, MS. Visitation will be Saturday January 21, 2012 from 3:00PM until 5:00PM at Pryor Funeral Home. Dr. Anthony Kay will be officiating with Speakers Stephen Farmer, Kit Bryant and Michael Joe Cannon. Pallbearers will be Michael Joe Cannon, Kit Bryant, Michael Caviness, David Hill, Bobby Steel, Jimmy Ball, Sonny Clanton, Jimmy Ball, Paul Moore, Jr., Ed Neeley, and John Burt.
Survivors include sons Dr. Guy Farmer Jr. (Amy) of Oxford, MS; Stephen Farmer (Amy) of Greenwood, MS. Daughter Celeste (Faz) Krikorian of Washington, D.C. Sisters Laverne Wenninger of Arizona and Catherene Dulaney of New Albany, MS. He is also survived by six grandchildren.
Dr. Farmer served two terms as alderman in the 1970s, which he took great pride in.
The core group was made up of Dr. L.D. Webb, Charles Beasley, Rupert Lunceford, and George Lacy Vanlandingham, with Karl Wayne Easley, Rex Marshall and J.R. Denton also involved.
During Dr. Farmer's eight years on the board he served as police commissioner; the town built its first tennis courts; built the first paved basketball courts; built baseball fields for young and older ages; established the Calhoun City Industrial Park; built a new library; built new fire and police departments; and dramatically improved housing for less fortunate citizens with public housing structures.
Dr. Farmer was also involved in many countywide ventures, which he said was often challenging due to the “North-South rivalry” being much more intense in those days.
He served on the airport board that ultimately led to the construction of the county airport in Pittsboro.
He worked with Dr. Webb, Paul Moore Sr. and Supervisor John Warner to obtain the certificate of need for the county hospital to be built in Calhoun City. The same effort was made by the group for the county nursing home, ultimately built by the hospital.
Dr. Farmer served as director of the nursing home from its onset until a few years ago when he resigned.
Pryor Funeral Home of Calhoun City is in charge of arrangements. In Lieu of Flowers memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Childrens Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142. Online condolences may be left at pryorfuneralhome.com