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Farris Earnest Williams
April 13, 1945 – February 16, 2016
Farris Earnest Williams passed away peacefully in his sleep in the quiet hours of February 16, 2016 while living at home with his family in Apple Valley California after struggling with a sudden heart condition for several months. He was known as “Bunny” to his parents, “Willie” to his friends, “Dad” to his 6 children and the 2 nephews he raised as his own; he was “Pap Pap” to his 14 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren, who before passing he said, “made him great” because “they were great”. He was 70-years old at the time of his passing, just two months shy of his next birthday.
Farris was born on Friday April the 13th, 1945 to mother Mary Jane and father Anic Earnest Williams and was the 2nd to oldest of 7 children. He was one of three of his siblings who were all born on a Friday the 13th — which could be some sort of world record for births on strange days. His 6 siblings were Joanne, John, Nick, Jimmy, Billy and Cathy … in that order.
Farris was a United States Army Veteran who although honorably discharged as an E4 he felt at the time to be a conscientious observer to war. He wrote poetry during and about his time in the service among other things; some serious others silly. Poetry and rhyme was the common thread throughout his life. Before the service he would sit on the roof of his childhood home in Buena Park, California, daydreaming about the world and writing. His words always had some sort of message to impart or riddle to be explained. He was a peace-loving, non-violent man with a heart bigger than even the Army he served.
It was during his service years that he met and married his first wife, Linda Scribner, the mother of his first two children; Cheri & Teddy. After his military service, he spent the rest of his career as a Lineman retiring as a PBX Installer for General Telephone Electric (GTE) in Southern California where he went on to marry his second wife, Terri Armstrong, the mother of his three children, Albey, Mikey, and Billy and then still later his third and final wife, Paula Hoyes, mother of his son, Tony. Each had their own unique and cherished relationship.
Farris became disabled and retired from the telephone company after being in an automobile accident while out to pick up milk so that his kids would have it for morning. The accident was caused by a Lynwood County Sheriff. The settlement enabled Farris to spend his early retirement years on the banks of the mighty Colorado River outside of Blythe, California. Water was the other common thread of his life. He was an avid fisherman who created his own “stink bait” casting most of the store-bought stuff aside reeling in the “big ones” and teaching his kids and grandkids how to do the same.
Farris is survived by all 6 of his children; Cheri Marie Roberts, Theodore Earnest Williams, Albert Edward Armstrong, Farris Michael Williams, William Jonathan Williams and Anthony Paul Hoyes; his 14 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren and his oldest sister, Joanne. His smile, laughter, poetry and presence will be missed by all.
Farris wished to be cremated. There will be no burial and instead a memorial service celebrating his life was held at Bible Baptist Church in Victorville, California on Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 4pm PDT. In the final weeks of his life, upon coming off of life support, he told his children he’d asked Jesus to save him. This brought great peace to both he and his family as he neared his new journey then entered the arms of heaven.