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William Alton FARMER

Olive Branch Cemetery
Henry County,

1905 - 2000

William Alton Farmer, a Southern Baptist minister, was baptized at Ralston Baptist Church and later was ordained there. He was educated at Hall Moody College, which was closed in 1927. Hall Moody is now the site of the University of Tennessee Martin. He completed his education at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee.

He was called to his first pastorate at Hodges Chapel in 1931. He was pastor of New Hope Baptist Church from 1934 to 1939 and Puryear Baptist Church 1956 to 1965, both in Henry County Tennessee. Some of the other Baptist churches he served as pastor include Woodland Mills, Whiteville, Bradford and Elm Grove near Murray, Kentucky. During his years as a pastor, he served 13 churches, ordained four preachers, held revivals in seven states and preached in eleven states. The churches he pastored were in six associations, and he served as moderator in five.

He was instrumental in the building of two new church buildings, Woodland Mills and Puryear Baptist Churches.

He served seven years on the executive board of the Tennessee Baptist Convention, and three years on committees. He also was one of the founders of Belmont College in Nashville.

During retirement, he served 18 interim pastorates. In 1979-1980 he was honored in "Personalities of the South" and presented an award for his achievements.
PARIS - William Alton Farmer: Newspaper Obituary and Death Notice
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN) - August 8, 2000
Deceased Name: PARIS - William Alton Farmer
PARIS - William Alton Farmer, 94, minister, died of heart failure Sunday at his home. Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Thompson Creek Baptist Church in Como with burial in Olive Branch Cemetery in Cottage Grove. Ridgeway Funeral Home has charge. Mr. Farmer, the widower of Edna Powers Farmer, leaves a daughter, Ramona Huttenstine of Como; a son, Donald Farmer of Fort Worth, Texas, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Contributed on 7/4/13 by bobfarmer
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Submitted: 7/4/13 • Approved: 7/6/13 • Last Updated: 8/14/15 • R77-G0-S3

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