Timothy "Tim" Farris, age 77, originally from Vinita, Oklahoma, passed away at his home in Watercolor, Florida January 7, 2022.
He is preceded in death by his mother, Mary Frisbee Farris Wordley; his father, Paul Monroe Farris; and most recently his sister, Betty Cowardin, of Port Charlotte, Florida.
He is survived by his loving children and their spouses, who cared for him in his final days: David and Susan Farris of Dalton, Georgia, Cindy Farris of Suwanee, Georgia, and Mark and Jennifer Farris of Buford, Georgia, as well as his grandchildren, Nicholas Farris, Chase Farris, Cooper Farris, Carter Ring, Kadyn Farris, and Jonathan Ring.
Other survivors include special people across the span of his life: his loving partner for the past fourteen years, Maria Coords of Naples, Florida; the mother of his children, Patsy Farris of Buford, Georgia; and previous spouse and special friend, Jeri Arledge of Pikeville, Tennessee.
Other family survivors include: sister, Sue Walker of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; brother, Kinney and Sandy Farris of Duncannon, Pennsylvania; brother-in-law, Fred Cowardin of Port Charlotte, Florida; as well as nieces and nephews.
After graduating from Vinita High School in Vinita, Oklahoma, Tim joined the United States Navy, where he learned engineering. As an innovative entrepreneur, he built two successful technology companies, Quadram Corporation and Boca Research. After retiring at an early age, Tim committed much of his time to his personal passions of farming and architecture.
Tim’s mantra was “Helping Others Help Themselves” and he dedicated his talent and resources to the communities where he lived and worked. The Farris Foundation was instrumental in starting Noah’s Inn Children’s Haven in Pikeville, Tennessee, where Farris owned Manderley Farms. The Foundation also awarded four-year college scholarships to many deserving students. Tim was also passionate about Habitat for Humanity and contributed his time and resources to building many homes for the cause.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Tim’s honor can be made to Habitat for Humanity.
The family will hold a celebration of life in Atlanta.