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Obituary for Thomas Woodrow Farrior Jr

Thomas Farrior, Jr.

Serivces for Tom Farrior, Jr.79, who died Sept. 17, will be conducted Sunday, Sept. 23 at Wesley United Church Fellowship Hall, 700 Highway 30, at 2 p.m. Visitation will be for an hour prior to services.

Mr. Farrior was born on April 9, 1939 in Birmingham, Alabama, the eldest child of Tom Farrior and Annie Teal Farrior and brother to Roy Farrior and Judy Pruitt. He is survived by his wife Mildred and two sons Andy Farrior and wife Debra, and Bill Farrior and Beth Penisten as well as grandson Charlie Farrior and granddaughter Cat Farrior.

Tom grew up and went to school in the west end of Birmingham, Alabama. After high school, he attended the University of Virginia on a full academic scholarship and completed a B.S Chemical Engineering degree. He was active in the Air Force ROTC. Upon entering the US Air Force, he completed a B.S. Meteorology degree and served as a meteorologist out of the Barksdale Air Force base (Strategic Air Command) in Bossier City, LA.

After military service, he worked in several chemical and oil refineries that included Shell Chemical (Houston, TX), Ashland Oil (Ashland, KY), Saber Refining (Corpus Christi, TX), Valero Refining (Corpus Christi, TX), and Citgo Refining (Corpus Christi, TX and Savanah, GA). He initially began work as a chemical engineer but soon developed expertise in the safety field.

Tom retired in Savanah, Georgia and later moved to Huntsville, Texas.

His greatest joy was to spend time with Mildred, family, and grandchildren. He and Mildred traveled to a variety of locations around the world.

His passion was aviation. Beginning with bomber pilots taking him on missions to experience his weather forecasts, he later had the opportunity to co-own a Cessna 172 air plane for several years with Cecil Hart while in Ashland, KY. They flew many an adventure to the surrounding states.

Condolences may be left at Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home  www.shmfh.com

About Rich Heiland

Rich Heiland, former publisher of the Huntsville Item and owner of Free Press publications, LLC, a reporting/writing firm working with media, has been a reporter, editor and publisher at several daily papers. He was part of a Pulitzer Prize winning team. He taught journalism at Western Illinois University. He can be reached at freepresstx@gmail.com or 936-293-0293.

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