OBITUARY

F. C. "Buddy" Faries Jr.

May 2, 1942September 11, 2018

With great sorrow, on September 11, 2018, F.C. ‘Buddy’ Faries, Jr., DVM, MS passed away in College Station, Texas. He was born on May 2, 1942 in Silsbee, Texas to the late F.C. ‘Spec’, Sr. and Rachel Faries. At an early age in the country of deep east Texas, he was able to satisfy his interest in and care for animals. Whether there was an injured bird or puppy, he was drawn to caring for them. After graduating valedictorian of Mauriceville High School, his interest in animals would carry him to Texas A&M University, where he would receive his B.S. degree of Veterinary Science in 1964, while also serving in the Corps of Cadets. He was accepted into veterinary school after two years of undergraduate work, and completed his D.V.M. degree of Veterinary medicine in 1965. To further his specialized expertise in veterinary parasitology, he received his M.S. degree in 1968. He purchased a veterinary clinic in Jasper, near his hometown, and began treating animals until being recruited back to Texas A&M University to teach in the College of Veterinary Medicine in parasitology and large animal departments. Twice returning to private practice, he operated a veterinary clinic in Madisonville, Texas before the offer to be a State Veterinary Specialist for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension. It was from here that his accolades in extension, teaching and research blossomed, as did his positive impact throughout the state and country. After a 31 year-long career with AgriLife Extension, he retired in 2014, and was awarded the honored distinction of Professor and Extension Specialist Emeritus status. In retirement, he enjoyed time with yard work, travel, visiting family, fishing, being active at church, and drinking coffee on the porch. He is survived by his wife, Donna Faries; sister, D’Juana Gandy; sons, F.C. ‘Clay’ 3rd, Todd, Steve, Wesley, Brian and Mark Faries; 22 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; stepchildren, Heath Martin, Genny Holmes, John Martin, and Amy Lockhart; and many dear friends and colleagues who were welcomed as family. He is preceded in death by his parents, and sisters Delia Annette Faries Couthran and Denise Faries English. Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Friday, September 14, at Memorial Funeral Chapel in College Station. A Celebration Service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 15, at Southern Oaks Baptist Church in Bryan.

Services

  • VISITATION Friday, September 14, 2018
  • CELEBRATION OF LIFE Saturday, September 15, 2018
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F. C. "Buddy" Faries Jr.

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Charles Casada

September 15, 2018

Dr. Faries touched thousands of lives; students from his college classes, some from his professional organizations, and through his publication many 4-H and FFA members must be added to the numbers. I met Dr. Faries by phone when I started developing the Veterinarian Assistant Certification for Texas high schools. Spending hours on the phone in the next months I began to feel the passion that Dr. Faries had for his profession and how he loved to teach and help others. When I finally got to met him in person and shake his hand; I knew I had a friend forever. Our paths passed many times in the next few years; presenting workshops for other teachers, fine-tuning the high school program, and sometime just to talk. It was such an honor to have Dr. Faries as a friend and mentor. His legacy will continue for many years because of his publications, courses he taught and those individuals he touched in one way or another. I am certainly grateful that GOD allowed time for our friendship to develop. Today as I write this I truly celebrate his friendship and all the memories I have of Dr. Buddy Faries. You are already missed my friend.

GOD please put YOUR arms around Mrs. Faries, his sister, children, grandchildren, friends and colleagues and comfort each in this time of loss. I pray that YOU will help all of us to understand that this is YOUR plan and I pray that we will continue to trust in YOU and accept YOUR love forever. In CHRIST I pray...AMEN

Charles Casada, AST
Farmersville, TX.

Tom Powdrill

September 14, 2018

It was with great sorrow that I learned of the passing of my teacher and friend, Dr. Buddy Faries. Buddy taught my Parasitology class in vet. school in the 1970s and later in our careers collaborated on several projects during my time with the Foreign Animal and Zoonotic Disease Center based at A&M. Buddy was an incredible teacher and practitioner. His accomplishments are too numerous to list. His wisdom, generosity, down to earth demeanor and incredible wit and sense of humor had a huge impact on me. It was impossible to see him without smiling and feeling better about the world. Even though our time together was limited, I learned a lot from Buddy and not just veterinary medicine. Lord, we need more like Buddy down here now. My deepest sympathy and condolences to his family.
Tom Powdrill DVM 74

Rebecca Parker

September 13, 2018

I adored Buddy Faries. He was my favorite Extension Specialist. He was so very kind to me over the years. I met him when he came to do a program for me in Denton, Texas. He insisted that I meet him for dinner the night before the program. I was a brand new agent there then and he took the time to ask me about myself and offered a listening ear and much sage advice. He made the trip to Denton many times after that and holds a special place in my heart. I wish I could sit with him once more and hear the stories he was known for. My sympathies to his family and I personally thank you for sharing him with all of us!

Cheryl Wasicek

September 13, 2018

Oh, Dr. Faries, how I adored you!!! I may have only seen you a handful of times, but you left your mark wherever you went! Thank you for all you've done for our youth!

FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

With great sorrow, on September 11, 2018, F.C. ‘Buddy’ Faries, Jr., DVM, MS passed away in College Station, Texas.
He was born on May 2, 1942 in Silsbee, Texas to the late F.C. ‘Spec’, Sr. and Rachel Faries. At an early age in the country of deep east Texas, he was able to satisfy his interest in and care for animals. Whether there was an injured bird or puppy, he was drawn to caring for them. After graduating valedictorian of Mauriceville High School, his interest in animals would carry him to Texas A&M University, where he would receive his B.S. degree of Veterinary Science in 1964, while also serving in the Corps of Cadets. He was accepted into veterinary school after two years of undergraduate work, and completed his D.V.M. degree of Veterinary medicine in 1965. To further his specialized expertise in veterinary parasitology, he received his M.S. degree in 1968.
He purchased a veterinary clinic in Jasper, near his hometown, and began treating animals until being recruited back to Texas A&M University to teach in the College of Veterinary Medicine in parasitology and large animal departments. Twice returning to private practice, he operated a veterinary clinic in Madisonville, Texas before the offer to be a State Veterinary Specialist for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension. It was from here that his accolades in extension, teaching and research blossomed, as did his positive impact throughout the state and country.
After a 31 year-long career with AgriLife Extension, he retired in 2014, and was awarded the honored distinction of Professor and Extension Specialist Emeritus status. In retirement, he enjoyed time with yard work, travel, visiting family, fishing, being active at church, and drinking coffee on the porch.
He is survived by his wife, Donna Faries; sister, D’Juana Gandy; sons, F.C. ‘Clay’ 3rd, Todd, Steve, Wesley, Brian and Mark Faries; 22 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; stepchildren, Heath Martin, Genny Holmes, John Martin, and Amy Lockhart; and many dear friends and colleagues who were welcomed as family.
He is preceded in death by his parents, and sisters Delia Annette Faries Couthran and Denise Faries English.
Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Friday, September 14, at Memorial Funeral Chapel in College Station. A Celebration Service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 15, at Southern Oaks Baptist Church in Bryan.