Willie E. Farmer

willie e. farmer
Willie E. "Toby" Farmer, Jr., 88, died Friday, May 20, 2011 at his residence. A native of Jackson County, Georgia, he was son of the late W.E. Farmer Sr. and of the late Oza Mae Crawford Farmer. He retired with the Biltmore Estates with thirty-five years of service. He was a member of Antioch Methodist Church in Georgia and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. Surviving is his wife, Margaret Fortson Farmer; two daughters, Patsy Turner and Mitzi Fisher and by five sons, Frank, Richard, Lynn , Randy and Roger Farmer. Mr. Farmer is also survived by fourteen grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 6:30 pm Monday at Bent Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Tommy Bridges and Richard Farmer officiating. A private graveside service will be held at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to one's favorite charity. Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is assisting the family.

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  1. Dear Richard,Laura & family

    You are in our prayers, please let us know if there is anything we can
    do for you at this time.

    Love, Raymond and Joyce

  2. To the Farmer family. I am so sorry to hear of the death of Toby.He was a good man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  3. Margaret and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I will be praying for everyone that God will give you comfort during this difficult time.

  4. To the Farmer family. I am so sad to hear about the loss of Mr. Farmer. Your family has been special to me and my family over the years, especially growing up at Bent Creek. I know that Mr. Farmer is up in heaven now with my Dad celebrating. My prayers are with you now. Heaven is a better place today.

  5. Our love and prayers for the dear Farmer family in your huge loss. Our entire community is poorer without Toby Farmer- an outstanding man.

  6. Lynn and entire Farmer family, so sorry to hear about your dad. It is hard to lose a daddy. Prayers and thoughts are with you. Leslie and Sheila King

  7. Sorry to learn of Toby’s passing.
    I can see him now, working in the fields on the west side of Biltmore Farms.
    Please except my sincere condolences.

  8. Eternal rest, grant unto them, O Lord,
    and let perpetual light shine upon them.
    May the souls of the faithful departed
    through the mercy of God rest in peace.


  9. I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Toby. He was such a good man and I have fond memories of him. My prayers are with you.

  10. Farmer Family:I am so sorry for your loss of Toby. He was always a quiet, kind soft spoken man when I was around him. I know no words can ease the pain of his loss, but hopefully knowing he is now in the presence of God with no more pain or suffering will help sustain you through this time.

  11. we shall keep our thoughts and prayers with you in this sadden time. we worked together on the biltmore estate. love and prayers j.d and jerry brooks

  12. Dear Roger, Sherry and I were sorry to hear about the loss of your father.May you find strength at this time of sadness.

  13. To the Farmer family – So sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts are with you all. Sue Caldwell Spanton

  14. My prayers are with you at this time. My husband, Victor Grady Farmer, died last year on May 6. He also had that beautiful white hair, and had been employed by the Biltmore Estate. I don’t know if they were related. Victor was from the Unaka/Marble area before his parents moved to Skyland.

  15. To the Farmer Family:
    Please accept my love and sympathy in the death of your father and husband! I just found out or I would definately have been at the service.

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