Alton Keefer Farris went home to be with the Lord June 1, 2006. He was born Nov. 26, 1931 at North Zulch, Texas to Alton Boone Farris and Erma Keefer Farris.

He was married to Naomi Voyles Farris for 54 wonderful years. He was predeceased by parents, Alton and Erma Farris and by in-laws Eli, Floy Voyles, and Martha Rae Logan. He is survived by wife, Naomi; two children, Ruth Farris Phillips of Conroe, Texas and Alton Keefer Farris, Jr. and wife Janie Hartnett Farris, of Huntsville, Texas; grandchildren, Jill Moreno and husband William of Tomball, Texas, Andrew Phillips and wife, Carol of Kenner, La., Kay Peterson and husband, Travis of The Woodlands, Texas, Sara Beth Farris of Huntsville, Texas, and Katelyn Rae Farris , also of Huntsville, Texas; one great-grandchild, Landon Phillips of Kenner, La.; siblings, Maggie Parker and husband George of Houston, Texas, Truett Farris and wife Sara of Van Vleck, Texas, Maxia Farris and wife Rochelle of Huntsville, Texas, Anna Jean Kupke and husband Luther of Idabel, Okla., Dick Logan and wife Gloria of Idabel, Okla., Sue Warren and husband Wayne of Broken Bow, Okla., and Joe Voyles and wife Dianne of Idabel, Okla.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was a man known to keep his word and to get the job done. He loved being outdoors and was an expert forester, gardener, fisherman, and educator.

He was a loving husband and father, a man of integrity, a deacon in his church, and a helpful neighbor. He modeled hard work every day of life, but he knew the value of having a good time and especially enjoyed telling a joke. He was always willing to give family and friends the benefit of his sage advice or help of any kind. His home was open for a visit, a meal, or a game of forty-two; he loved to share his faith in Christ and tell of the blessings in his life; he did not mind lending a hand, his tools, or his expertise.

He was a graduate of Huntsville High School and Sam Houston State Teachers College where he earned a degree in education.

Mr. Farris served in the U. S. Army during the Korean War. He held a variety of jobs, including working at Dow Chemical Company, teacher and principal at Pine Prairie and Huntsville school districts and for the Job Corps, caseworker for the Welfare Department, self-employed, and he completed his working career as a Recreational Consultant for Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

He was a member and deacon at Chaplewood Missionary Baptist Church and he supported the Shriners organization.

His family is particularly grateful to the kind staff of Thee Hospice for their exceptional care and support.

Services will be held Monday June 5, 2006 at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Farris Cemetery in West Sandy Community. Mr. Farris will lie in state from noon until 8 p.m. Sunday June 4, 2006 and the family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of the usual remembrances, please consider Thee Hospice P.O. Box 6548, Huntsville, Texas.

Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at www.shmfh.com.

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