John Timothy Farlow

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John Timothy Farlow of Asheville passed away March 28, 2016, following an extended illness. Born in Asheville on March 12, 1944, Tim was the son of the late Shirley Hawkins Farlow and Charles Oscar Farlow. He was also preceded in death by his brothers Louis and Al Farlow. Tim is survived by his devoted wife Brenda; sons, John Timothy Farlow, Jr. (Tony) and wife Katy and their daughter Abbey; Daryl Keith Farlow and wife Kayjulina, all of Asheville; adopted sons Jason Haralson and wife Leslie and their sons Chase and Ian of Lantana, TX, and Travis Haralson and wife Zhanna and their daughters Emily and Mia of Asheville. Tim is also survived by his brother, Bruce Farlow and sister-in-law Linda Farlow of Asheville; niece Cathy and husband Brian and their sons Brooks, Preston and Johnathan, all of Rock Hill, SC, nephew Brent and wife Tracey and children Chuck, Nikkie, Acacia and Diandra, sister-in-law Bette Farlow; nephew Eric and wife Holley and their children Lathan and Dorian, niece Claire and husband David and children Marshall and Ally, nephew Sean fiance Keri Hyatt and children Jullian and Zoe, all of Asheville, nephew Nathan Farlow and children Beren and Allisan of Gainesville, GA; and numerous great nieces and great nephews. Tim met the love of his life, Brenda Adams Farlow as a youth in their West Asheville neighborhood. They married the day after Brenda's graduation from Lee Edwards High School (now Asheville High School). Tim and Brenda celebrated 51 happy years of marriage in June 2015. Tim was the owner of Braswell Scale and Equipment Company. A self-made man who worked hard to provide for his family, Tim graduated from Lee Edwards High School in 1962 and began his career in the scale industry as a scale technician at Braswell Scale & Equipment Company, a Toledo Scale Distributor in western North Carolina owned by Ned Braswell. Tim worked as a scale technician before eventually purchasing the business from Ned. Tim worked as President of Braswell Scale for 19 years until his retirement in 2013. Tim was also an owner/partner of other local businesses which included Asheville Bolt and Screw, Landlords LLC., and WeighSouth. Tim was a wonderful husband, father, brother, grandfather and friend who will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Unfailingly generous, Tim was a kind and gentle man who never hesitated to help anyone who asked. His sense of humor and "Timisms" could brighten any situation. He loved to play practical jokes which have been passed down in the family. "PawPaw" spent many happy hours with all of the children in the family. Tim loved to take the kids fishing, on summer trips to Cherokee, Fun Depot, on picnics and other excursions. In his church life at Calvary Baptist which spanned several decades, Tim served in leadership roles through the years as a deacon and an active member of his Sunday school. He was a member of the Biltmore Masonic Lodge. A truly humble and Christian man, throughout his life Tim actively looked for ways to give back to God for the blessings in his life and to help other people. For several years Tim and Brenda helped cook meals and serve them at the veteran's lodge in Oteen, until his declining health prevented continuing. The family would like to extend special thanks for the loving care Tim received from the nurses and caregivers at Mission Hospital's oncology unit. A Celebration of Life service will be held at Calvary Baptist Church in Asheville on Friday, April 1, 2016 at 12:00 PM. A reception will follow in the church fellowship hall. A private burial service for family will be held at a later time. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Shriner's Hospital, Groce Funeral Home on Patton Ave. is assisting the family.

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  1. So sorry for your loss. I remember our school days. May God give you the Peace and Comfort you need at this time. My prayers are with you and your family
    Sherry Deweese Chandler

  2. Tony,
    Where do I start?? We’ve been friends since Vance Elementary School day!! And friends we have always been. I really felt some kind of way when I saw that your dad had passed. I’ll not forget the day I saw you walking from the hospital and I stopped to see if you needed a ride, and you told me that he was sick. Off and on, you shared stories with me about your upbringing, etc. and your dad was always somewhere in the picture. I knew then that he was some kind of wonderful! I’m sure this is a difficult time for you, but to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. I always tell people to let the memories of the one they’ve lost bring peace to their heart. And it is so fitting to tell you the same thing!! Because you have a lot of wonderful memories of your dad!! Take care of yourself, as well as your mom, Katie, Abbey and Darryl.

    AHS, Class of 83

  3. Mom and I just wanted to let you know that you and the whole family are in our thoughts and prayers. We will always treasure the memories of all of Tim’s wonderful smiles and hugs we received over the years .

  4. I am so saddened to learn of Tim’s death. He always had a smile and was such a kind person. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  5. I am very sorry for your loss.

    I knew Tim from Biltmore # 446 Lodge and Biltmore Eastern Star. My dad was a mason and Tim would come & visit w/him when he was sick and I was a member of Biltmore Chapter Eastern Star and would serve the masons meals every year.
    Tim was a prime example of a true mason taking his masonic obligation to heart; i.e. taking care of the widows and orphans.
    Fine man!!!!!
    He will be greatly missed.
    I pray you can feel God’s presence during these difficult days and may HE give you a peace that only HE can give.
    With Deepest Sympathy
    Betty Ponder, Past Matron Biltmore Chapter No. 38 OES

  6. So sorry for your loss.Tim will be missed.A wonderful man.Prayers coming to the family..I and my family have known Tim and Brenda for a long time.They were always there to help you.May God’s presence be felt during this time.I love you.

  7. So sorry for your loss. Your family welcomed and nurtured our two nephews when life’s options for them had become narrowly constricted. The love you offered them was life saving. Your sacrifice was an absolute blessing from heaven. Jason has shared with me many times what you all and especially Pop has meant to him. We never had the pleasure of meeting you, but we love you and feel your loss as if it were our own. Thank you for being you!

  8. Our deepest condolences to the Farlow family. Mr. Farlow was a great landlord and friend to us. He always had something humorous to say and a smile on his face. Seems like just the other day he was visiting us checking on the building and how we were doing. He will be greatly missed.

  9. Brenda, our deepest sympathy to you and your family. You are in our thoughts and prayers .

  10. Brenda,Tony andDarryl, I was so sorry to hear of your loss and will keep you in my prayers. Remember the good times.

  11. To the Farlow family,
    I am sorry to hear the passing of Tim. may our heavenly father give you courage, strength and peace through this difficult time. I knew Tim indirectly but in everything we thank the Lord. May his soul rest in eternal peace.

  12. To Tony and Daryl . Your dad was one of my favorite customers , a very nice man who will be missed. I am glad I got to see him last August when he bought the Explorer.

  13. So sorry to hear of Tim’s passing… I will keep the Farlow family in my thoughts and prayers…

  14. Brenda my deepest sympathies to you & your family for the loss of Tim he was a wonderful person and leaves a legacy of kindness, I am so blessed to have known both of you in my youth & neighborhood and to have seen you both occasionally throughout all these years and still remember all the good times and the friendship.

    our thoughts & prayers are with each of you.

  15. I am Tim’s first cousin Beth Cazel Pile. It has been many years since I have seen your family. I visited Asheville recently and found Tim’s obit as I was looking for a way to get in touch with him and reconnect. He was fun to be with when we were kids. My sympathies to all the family.

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