Roy Johnny Farr, Jr.

May 17, 1948June 8, 2012

Roy Johnny Farr, Jr. of Austin was born May 17, 1948 in Atlanta, Georgia to Roy Johnny Farr and Hilda Marie Farr (Taft). His Mama would forever be the greatest love of his life. He was the second of four children. After his parents divorced and his mother remarried, his family found their way to Temple, Texas in 1958. Roy remained forever proud of his hometown often introducing himself to a stranger with the greeting "Roy Farr. Temple, Texas." Ultimately he attended Temple High School when his busy schedule of mastering the game of pool at "The Pastime Pool Hall" and chasing pretty girls allowed him to do so. During his 20th year on this planet he married his first wife, Stephanie Sprout. They would have two sons together, James Michael and Bradley John both of whom would be his pride and joy from the day of their respective births to the day of his passing, June 8, 2012. In 1983 Roy met and married Deborah Ann Ochoa... his precious and adored "Debbie Lou"... to whom he would remain married for the rest of his life.

With the possible exception of hustling a little pool in his younger years, Roy's one chosen field was the grocery business. Possessed of an ambition and sense of self-determination without peer, Roy immersed himself in the grocery business. From a humble beginning as a grocery sacker to later working as meat-cutter, meat market manager and meat merchandiser (what he always referred to as his favorite job), Roy blazed through the first half of his career learning everything there was to learn while working as hard as was humanly possible for large grocery stores including Kroger's and Safeway. In 1987 Roy decided it was time for a new set of challenges and entered into the convenience store business. It was here that he had truly found his calling. After a meteoric rise through the ranks of a major corporation, Roy took the fruits of his labor working for someone else and decided it was time he invested in himself. Roy Farr the employee became Roy Farr the owner. He bought a stake in an existing convenience store and parlayed that initial investment into what he would forever consider to be his greatest achievement, the construction and the operation of Paleface Grocery in Spicewood, Texas. Roy always believed he could outwork the folks he couldn't out-think and out-think the folks he couldn't outwork. His immensely successful career in the grocery business was a lifelong testament to the veracity of this belief and his self-confidence.

In 1982 Roy became a member of the fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous. More than any passion he had ever had before or after, his recovery through AA was the single most important thing in the world to him. Roy was a dogged and devoted warrior for the cause of recovery helping countless thousands find their way to the greatest gift any alcoholic can receive... the gift of sobriety. Roy correctly regarded AA as having saved his life and he spent the last 30 years of that life making sure he gave AA everything he had in him to give back to the fellowship he was so happy and proud to be a part of.

Roy Farr was a passionate lover of life. From Elvis Presley to the Dallas Cowboys, from Muhammad Ali to the University of Texas Longhorns... when Roy loved something he loved it heart and soul without apology. Roy Farr was a mesmerizing story teller, a mischievous prankster and a quick-witted class clown. He will be missed dearly by family and friends. His absence leaves many hearts broken, many tears cried and many lives one or two smiles short of the full complement of joy we were lucky enough to feel while he was with us.

Roy is preceded in death by his parents and his brother Mike. He is survived by his wife Debbie, his sisters Diane and Theresa Sharon (whom he loved very much), his sons Mike and Brad and his grandchildren Bradley, Tayler, Dylan and Samantha.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 4:00 P.M., Wednesday, June 13, 2012 in the Chapel of Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Funeral Home. The continuation of sharing and fellowship of Roy's life will follow immediately at Nutty Brown Cafe located at 12225 Hwy. 290 West just 10 minutes west of the Funeral Home. A Memorial Service will be held in his honor at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, June 16, 2012 at the Northland Group located at 2809 Northland Drive in Austin, Texas, 78757.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Suburban Alcoholic Foundation (512-452-6784).


  • Celebration of Life Service Wednesday, June 13, 2012
  • Memorial Service Saturday, June 16, 2012

Roy Johnny Farr, Jr.

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Billy Burns

June 19, 2012

I've been out of town and just recently found out about Roy. I am so sorry and keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

keith heatib

June 17, 2012

i knew Roy as a stocker in one of his other stores like hills he was a great person but ran a vary tight ship and i tryed to give 100 percent

tommy quinn

June 16, 2012

We will miss you my friend

Jim Hornig

June 13, 2012

He will be missed as he touched so many lives.

June 13, 2012

We are sorry to hear of your loss and send healing prayers to your family and friends.
Lori and Kevin Dunne

Sandi Peters

June 13, 2012

My thoughts and prayers are with Roy's family. I met him through AA. He was a wise and funny man. I know he is probaby leading the Big Meeting in heaven.

June 13, 2012

So sorry to hear of Roy's passing. Our Bible Study group has been praying for his recovery for two years. May God's grace comfort you during this time.
Hazel Hathaway, Joy of Living Leader, Marble Falls, TX

Kelly Mosel-Talavera

June 13, 2012

Mike, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you on this difficult day.

Crystal Helcel

June 13, 2012

Condolences to Roy's family. I am blessed to have known him, he was a very special man.

Pete Linton

June 13, 2012

I had the honor and privilege of working for Roy from 1992 to 1996. Roy was a true leader and driver. He expected nothing less than 100% which is what he gave. If you could give 100% commitment to the mission Roy led, you were just fine. He was like the Green Berret of the c-store business. You knew where you stood, what was expected and could always know he had your back. I came to know Roy as a strong competitor and a true companion. We did have "out with the guys" fishing and hunting trips which clearly let you enjoy the fine personality and brotherhood of Roy. I am honered to have known a worked with Roy for those years - truly memories I cherish.