August 14, 2012
Joe Bailey Farris Jr.
Joe Bailey Farris, Jr., 82, quietly passed away Friday, August 10, 2012, at his home, surrounded by his wife, his children, and a host of family. Joe was born in Houston, TX on November 25, 1929, he was the son of Joe Bailey and Vera Pearl Farris. Joe was a graduate of Hull-Daisetta High School, where he was valedictorian. After earning his undergraduate degree at Baylor University, he joined the United States Air Force, where he proudly and with distinction served as a pilot of the F-86F Sabre fighter jets in the Korean Conflict, flying over 100 missions. Following his service, he continued his education with Baylor University, serving as president of the Baylor Law Review and achieving a Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1957. Joe loved the oil and gas business. Prior to entering into private practice, he was a Landman, where he worked on acquisition, divestiture, maintenance, and negotiations of public and private mineral rights of the properties used in the development of energy resources. Following this, he went into private practice with his firm Joe B. Farris and Norman Inman, Attorney at Law, where he practiced for more than 40 years in Beaumont, TX. He was extremely active in civic and community events. He was a member of the Liberty Masonic Lodge # 68 for 50 years and he was a pioneer of the Beaumont YWCA organization. He retired from his practice and moved to Trinity, TX in 1996, where he was the first president of the Trinity Chapter of the Boys and Girls Club. Joe was a member of Dorcas Wills Memorial Baptist Church, where he taught Sunday School for more than eight years and became a Deacon of the church. He also proudly served on the Board of Directors for Trinity ISD. Above all things, he loved the Lord and he loved his family unconditionally. Joe was a lover of life. He was an avid fisherman and outdoorsman. He loved watching college football, especially his beloved Baylor Bears, but also enjoyed many other sports as well. He was always a wonderful story teller and had a love and enthusiasm for history, that he would willingly share with anyone that would listen. He loved telling and re-telling his favorite stories of each of his children to everyone, even though they had heard the stories a thousand times. He is preceded in death by his father, Joe Bailey Farris, his mother, Vera Pearl Farris and his brother, Judge James Jim Martin Farris. He is survived by his loving and devoted family: wife of 28 years, Sandra Farris; four children; Melissa Park and husband, Kyle; Joe B. Farris, III and wife, Janet; Susan B. Farris; and Michael Davis Farris and his special lady, Callie Petru. Joe loved and doted on his grandchildren: Jennifer Bradshaw and husband, Jason, Bailey Farris, Morgan Farris, Madison Farris, and Kendall Farris. Joe was also very proud to be great- grandfather to Kyle and Knox Bradshaw. He is also survived by his aunt, Theodosia Dodie Windham of Nacogdoches. Joe was well known by clients, colleagues, family, and friends alike as a gentle man and a man who cared genuinely and deeply for people. Though Joe had his four beautiful children, there was another special child in Joe's life, Anthony Causby, whom he took the time to mentor and guide. Anthony is and always will be a member of Joe's family. The family also wants to recognize Fannie Sylvester, who is a special family friend and has been a wonderful companion and helper to the family for many years. Joe will be greatly missed by many, especially his family. They know that he is now safely in God's hands and is flying his jets in heaven, to wherever his next destination may be. In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated to the Trinity Chapter of the Boys and Girls Club of America, 100 W. San Jacinto, Trinity, Texas 75862. Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, August 15th, at 2:00 p.m., at Calder Baptist Church, 1005 N. 11th Street, Beaumont, TX 77702, with Dr. James Fuller and Rev. Leroy Brown officiating. Family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. til service time at Calder Baptist Church. Interment will follow in Fairlawn Cemetery in Liberty, TX with Military Honors and Masonic graveside. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home (936) 594-3571.