One of this world’s finest men went to Heaven Friday, January 3, 2003 .

 Reverend Roy Dean Farmer, Sr., age 62, of Cumberland , Virginia , faithful husband of Linda Hall Farmer passed away at their home.  He is survived by his wife of 40 years; his children, daughter Katrina F. Blankenship and husband Curtis W. Blankenship of Powhatan, Virginia; daughter Melinda F. Cook and husband Timothy B. Cook, Sr. of Burkeville, Virginia; son Roy Dean Farmer, Jr. and wife Natalie Currin Farmer of Lunenburg; three grandsons, Timothy Bryan Cook, Jr. “TJ”; Zachary Tyler Cook “Zach”; William “Brady” Blankenship; one brother, Lewis Farmer of Sparta, North Carolina; two sisters, Lucille F. Manning of Edenton, North Carolina and Evon F. Darden of Kingsport, Tennessee.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Reverend George “Brady” Farmer and Laura “Effie” Cox Farmer; and brother Reverend George Edd Farmer of Sparta , North Carolina .

 Reverend Farmer was the Pastor of the Cumberland Baptist Temple in Cumberland , Virginia for 32 years.  He was saved May 30, 1950 and surrendered to Preach God’s Word on March 13, 1962 .   He graduated from Eastern Baptist Bible College in Hampton , Virginia in 1965.  Reverend Farmer taught Vocational Building Trades at Cumberland High School for 13 years.  He was an expert craftsman, builder, an avid outdoorsman and farmer.  He was an outstanding citizen and cared deeply for the wellbeing of his friends and neighbors.  He never put anything or anyone before his family or his church.  He loved his wife, children, grandchildren, family and church family beyond words.

 Most importantly, He served God with all his heart and soul.  His dedication for his church and the work of the Lord was such a beacon to all who knew him.  He stood for the right and stood against all wrong.  He taught so many how to know where their eternal home would be and how to live a consecrated, separated life.

 His suffering is now over and he has finished his course.
He was faithful until his last breath.

 II Timothy 4:6-8
“For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.
I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:  Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”



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