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Gresham Talmadge "Gresh" Farrar, Sr
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Birth: Feb. 18, 1913
Birmingham
Jefferson County
Alabama, USA
Death: Jun. 25, 1966
Pensacola
Escambia County
Florida, USA

Gresham Farrar grew up in the Woodlawn and the East Lake sections of Birmingham, AL. He attended Woodlawn Elementary School for his first 7 grades.

"Gresh" spent the years 1928 (8th grade), 1929 and 1930 as a student at Baylor School, Chattanooga, TN. At the time this was a Military Academy type school. Extant photos show him in uniform and the rare metal cap insignias from his uniform have been preserved. Class photos and letters home document his experiences at the school.

After returning home to Birmingham, AL in 1931, he eloped and married Jonnie Belle Chappell on 31 Oct 1931 in Pensacola, FL. They lived in the East Lake section of Birmingham, AL. During the dark days of the "Great Depression", he worked in the theater business, the grocery business and the retail auto supply business. His son was born in 1934 and his marriage to Jonnie Belle ended in 1938.

He re-married 04 Jan 1942 and moved to Pensacola, FL about 1943-44 and continued his work in the retail auto supply business and subsequently became owner and manager of Farrar's Service Store which he maintained until his death. He was blessed by the birth of his a second child, a daughter, on 07 Feb 1943.

He made an unsuccessful run for public office in Pensacola, Florida.

In January 1966, his second marriage ended in divorce. Shortly afterward on 31 Mar 1966 he entered into his 3rd married but unfortunately his life was cut short on 26 Jun 1966.

Gresham Talmadge Farrar, Sr. was the 4th cousin 3 times removed of Samuel Langhorne Clemens (Mark Twain) through his father, William Charles Farrar, Sr. (See Find A Grave Memorials Mark Twain and Mark Twain.

Gresham Talmadge Farrar, Sr. was the 1st cousin 3 times removed of Pleasant Riggs Crump, through his mother, Beatrice Martha Abercrombie Farrar. Pleasant Riggs Crump had the distinction of being recognized as the last surviving Civil War Confederate Veteran when he died on 31 Dec 1951. Among other notable events, he was at Appomattox Courthouse to witness the surrender of Gen. Robert E. Lee. See Find A Grave Memorial #13397843. (Source: "The Heritage of St. Clair County" Heritage Publishing Consultants, Clanton Al, 1998, p174.)

Bio by Dr. Gresham Farrar, Jr.

 
 
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 Parents:
  William Charles Farrar (1879 - 1958)
  Beatrice Martha Abercrombie Farrar (1889 - 1984)
 
 Spouse:
  Jonnie Belle Chappell Farrar (1914 - 1984)
 
 Siblings:
  William Charles Farrar (1909 - 1910)*
  Frances Hardwick Farrar Stevens (1911 - 2000)*
  Gresham Talmadge Farrar (1913 - 1966)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Forest Hill Cemetery
Birmingham
Jefferson County
Alabama, USA
 
Maintained by: Gresham Farrar
Originally Created by: CDinsmore
Record added: Mar 29, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 50417265
Gresham Talmadge Gresh Farrar, Sr
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Gresham Talmadge Gresh Farrar, Sr
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