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 Hollie Averson Farris Sr.

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Hollie Averson Farris Sr.

Birth
Colbert County, Alabama, USA
Death
11 Feb 1997 (aged 92)
Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA
Burial
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend. Specifically: Hollie was cremated & his remains were given to his daughter Vicki Farris Greve in Georgia.
Memorial ID
110751496 View Source

The Steele Enterprise, Steele, Missouri
Thursday, February 20, 1997

A memorial service will be held in Steele March 9 for Hollie A. Farris, Sr., who died February 11, 1997 at his home in Nashville, Tenn. The service will be at 2:00 p.m. at the Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church.

Hollie Averson Farris was born March 9, 1904 in Colbert County, Alabama, the son of Lillie Bowling and Monroe Houston Farris.

In Hardin County, Tennessee in 1923 Hollie A. Faris married Mary Tamer Arnold and they were the parents of two daughters.

In Pemiscot County, Missouri in 1945, Mr. Farris married Dorothy Velma Savage. They had one son and one daughter.

While a Steele resident, Mr. Farris was a farmer, a government surveyor, a representative of MFA Insurance Company and he operated the Steele Hotel. He served as secretary of the Steele Chamber of Commerce for many years and was instrumental in implementing Steele's Memorial Day "Homecoming" celebration, a popular event for several years. He was named Steele's "Man of the Year" in 1954.

A member of Steele Methodist Church, he also was a member of Steele Independent Order of Oddfellows, holding all offices in that lodge. He also belonged to Rebekah Lodge and Masonic Lodge.

Always interested in music, Hollie was a tenor in the "Fraternal Four", a gospel quartet that sang on a weekly radio show as well as for community events; he was active in local singing conventions, sang at numerous funerals; and he also taught music and singing in several surrounding communities, having studied music at Vaughn School of Music in Lawrenceburg, Tenn..

Mr. Farris leaves his wife, Velma Farris, of 525 Skyview Drive in Nashville; their children: Hollie A. Farris, Jr., of Dickson, Tennessee and Vicki Greve of Atlanta, Georgia.

He also leaves two daughters: Evelyn Brown Wallace of Seattle, Wash., and Robbie Sue Tennyson Glover of Steele.

He leaves five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson; and numerous nieces and nephews. Two of his grandchildren are local area residents, David and Karen Tennyson, publishers of The Steele Enterprise.

One sister survives: Famie Garrett of El Dorado, Ark., and a sister-in-law, Mable Denton Farris, of Grand Haven, Mich.

One sister, Ina Mae Tackett, preceded him in death as did three brothers: James R. D. Farris; Cowden "Bo" Farris; and Richard Farris, who died in infancy.

The Steele Enterprise, Steele, Missouri
Thursday, February 20, 1997

A memorial service will be held in Steele March 9 for Hollie A. Farris, Sr., who died February 11, 1997 at his home in Nashville, Tenn. The service will be at 2:00 p.m. at the Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church.

Hollie Averson Farris was born March 9, 1904 in Colbert County, Alabama, the son of Lillie Bowling and Monroe Houston Farris.

In Hardin County, Tennessee in 1923 Hollie A. Faris married Mary Tamer Arnold and they were the parents of two daughters.

In Pemiscot County, Missouri in 1945, Mr. Farris married Dorothy Velma Savage. They had one son and one daughter.

While a Steele resident, Mr. Farris was a farmer, a government surveyor, a representative of MFA Insurance Company and he operated the Steele Hotel. He served as secretary of the Steele Chamber of Commerce for many years and was instrumental in implementing Steele's Memorial Day "Homecoming" celebration, a popular event for several years. He was named Steele's "Man of the Year" in 1954.

A member of Steele Methodist Church, he also was a member of Steele Independent Order of Oddfellows, holding all offices in that lodge. He also belonged to Rebekah Lodge and Masonic Lodge.

Always interested in music, Hollie was a tenor in the "Fraternal Four", a gospel quartet that sang on a weekly radio show as well as for community events; he was active in local singing conventions, sang at numerous funerals; and he also taught music and singing in several surrounding communities, having studied music at Vaughn School of Music in Lawrenceburg, Tenn..

Mr. Farris leaves his wife, Velma Farris, of 525 Skyview Drive in Nashville; their children: Hollie A. Farris, Jr., of Dickson, Tennessee and Vicki Greve of Atlanta, Georgia.

He also leaves two daughters: Evelyn Brown Wallace of Seattle, Wash., and Robbie Sue Tennyson Glover of Steele.

He leaves five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson; and numerous nieces and nephews. Two of his grandchildren are local area residents, David and Karen Tennyson, publishers of The Steele Enterprise.

One sister survives: Famie Garrett of El Dorado, Ark., and a sister-in-law, Mable Denton Farris, of Grand Haven, Mich.

One sister, Ina Mae Tackett, preceded him in death as did three brothers: James R. D. Farris; Cowden "Bo" Farris; and Richard Farris, who died in infancy.


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