Denver Altman Farley, 78, died Oct. 31.
Born on March 9, 1934, in Cash, Ark., he was the youngest of the four children of Andrew and Elizabeth Conley Farley. He was called to the ministry and in 1954 began his studies at Florida Christian College in Temple Terrace, Fla.
On Thanksgiving Day, 1954, while visiting at Georgia Christian School in Dasher, Ga., he met Bernice Louise Horton, daughter of L.V. and Ruth Horton of Valdosta, Ga. They were married July 1, 1955, and returned to Temple Terrace until Denver graduated in 1956.
By 1969, they were parents to four children. From 1972 to 1984, the family settled in Valdosta, Ga. While there, Denver became a top sales representative for PYA/ Monarch Foods but also found time to serve at Gonwood Church of Christ as an interim minister. In 1984, they moved to Bernice’s hometown of McMinnville where they shared their home with Bernice’s parents. For the next 26 years, Denver utilized his ministerial background and sales skills to become a successful independent insurance agent. He also served as the full-time minister to two congregations in the area and was a dedicated Meals on Wheels volunteer for over a decade. In 2010, Denver and Bernice returned to the Valdosta area to live near their oldest daughter.
He is survived by his wife, Bernice; daughters and sons-in-law, Andrea F. and H. Edward Fussell (Lake Park, Ga.), Laura F. and H. Hoyt Haynie (Peachtree City, Ga.); sons and daughters-in-law, Mason L. and Marlene Farley (Bardstown, Ky.), and Paul W. and Brittnye Farley (Adams), and sisters Evelyn F. Buchanan and Barbara F. Buchanan. He was pre-deceased by his brother, Douglas L. Farley.
A private service was held Nov. 4 at Dasher Cemetery in Dasher, Ga. If you are so moved, please consider a donation to the following organization in memory of Denver Farley: Raintree Village Childrens Home, 3757 Johnston Road, Valdosta, Ga., 31601 or go to www.raintreevillage.org for online giving. Condolences may be conveyed online at www.mclanecares.com.
Carson McLane Funeral Home handled arrangements.
(McMinnville, Tenn.) Nov. 7, 2012