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Robert Earle Farr

February 10, 1925 April 30, 2022
Robert Earle Farr
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obert Earle Farr passed away on April 30, 2022, at his home in Raymond, Mississippi. Bob chose the name Mr. Bob for his grandchildren to call him, but the title quickly became what everyone called him – family, coworkers, church family, neighbors, and friends near and far. Mr. Bob was a loving and devoted husband to Berry, devoted father to Rob and Cydney, excellent grandfather and great-grandfather, talented architect, world traveler, model railroad enthusiast, Jimmy Buffett fan, supporter of the arts, his church, and his community. For Mr. Bob, there wasn't a day spent at any beach anywhere that wasn't a good day. He especially enjoyed the days spent at the SWF House in Cabana Beach in Gulf Shores. He had a genuine smile, a quick wit, was fiercely independent and will be deeply missed.

Bob was born February 10, 1925, in Rahway, New Jersey, the only child of Sidney Earle Farr and Verna Matthews Farr. He grew up in Bradley Beach in a house six blocks from the Atlantic Ocean. After graduation from Asbury Park High School, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and was trained as a navigator. While stationed at Selman Field, Monroe, Louisiana he met Berry Jeffries Regan from Port Gibson, Mississippi. They were married November 23, 1945. Following his honorable discharge from the Army, Bob used the G.I. Bill to attend the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, graduating with a Bachelor of Architecture degree in June 1950. He was recruited by Noah Webster Overstreet to join his architectural firm in Jackson, MS upon graduation. There he was given the opportunity to excel professionally in the practice of architecture. Some of the projects that Bob participated in as part of the design team included the First National Bank tower, the new University of Mississippi Medical School and Hospital and the terminal at Jackson International Airport. In 1961 he became one of the founding partners of Cooke Douglass Farr Architects and Engineers, later named Cooke Douglass Farr Lemons. The new firm was comprised of Bill Cooke, Jr., as the civil engineer, Nelson Douglass as the mechanical engineer and Bob as the architect. They envisioned a firm that integrated architecture and engineering as a single team. Bob was a member of the American Institute of Architects. Bob's design efforts included award winning designs for the Department of Public Safety Headquarters, Parham Bridges Tennis Center, and the Amory Public Library. The firm grew in design excellence winning commissions from the Department of Defense, Veterans Administration, Department of Labor and other public and private clients. Growth continued with the addition of new partners and commissions. CDFL is now in its 61st year. Bob stepped down as a lead partner in 1996 but remained active in the firm until his full retirement in 2006.

Bob and Berry were active in the Episcopal Church. They were part of the group of families that started All Saints Episcopal Church in Jackson. Bob served there as warden. Bob and Berry attended the Church of the Good Shepherd in Terry and Bob was warden there. He served on the Bishop's Facility Commission for the Diocese of Mississippi and provided architectural design services for the commission across the state. He was the architect for the chapel at Camp Bratton Green, St. Elizabeth's Church in Collins, and All Saints Church in Jackson. When Bob and Berry moved to Raymond in 2000, they became members of St. Mark's Episcopal Church.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents Sidney and Verna Farr, his wife of 65 years Berry Farr, his granddaughter Berry Kathryn Fedric, and his grandson Radford Jones Fedric V. He is survived by his son Robert E. Farr II and daughter-in-law Virginia Farr, his daughter Cydney Fedric, and son-in-law Radford Jones Fedric IV, four grandchildren Regan Fedric (Lisa Montgomery), April Dayton Fedric (widow of Radford Jones Fedric V), Eugene Chester Fedric II (Beth Ann), Robert E. Farr III (Bethany) and five great-grandchildren: Lily and Eliza Berry Fedric, Gene and Ford Fedric, and Robert E. Farr IV.

A celebration of the life of Robert Earle Farr will be held Sunday, May 8, 2022, at 2:00 PM at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Raymond, MS.

With grateful hearts, in lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to St. Mark's Episcopal Church, P. O. Box 885, Raymond, MS 39154; St. Andrew's Episcopal School, 370 Old Agency Road, Ridgeland, MS 39157; Maple Tree Cancer Alliance, c/o Karen Wonders, 3312 US Rt. 42E, Cedarville, Ohio 45314 or to the charitable organization of your choice.

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Requiem Eucharist

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8

May

2:00 PM 5/8/2022 2:00:00 PM
St. Mark's Episcopal Church - Raymond

205 W Main St. #4
Raymond, MS 39154

St. Mark's Episcopal Church - Raymond
205 W Main St. #4 Raymond 39154 MS
United States
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