Smith Funeral Home

128 East 5th Street, Flatonia, TX


James Emil Farek

November 26, 1935June 10, 2020
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James Emil Farek, age 84, of Flatonia, Texas passed away on Wednesday June 10, 2020. James was born November 28, 1935 in Pine Springs, Texas to Lillian Kalmus Farek and Emil Farek.

James is survived by his wife, Pauline Farek; son Kirby Farek (Nancy) of Flatonia, Texas; son Mace Farek of Katy, Texas; son Mark Farek of Houston, Texas; and daughter Joan Biel of Flatonia, Texas; sister Mollie Beck (Ron) of Flatonia, Texas.

James was preceded in death by; son Nicholas Farek and son-in-law Bernie Biel; father Emil Farek and mother Lillian Kalmus Farek; brother Leroy Farek; brother Franklin Farek and sister Lillian Wotipka; grandson Courtlen Farek.

A visitation for James will be held Friday, June 12, 2020 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Smith Funeral Home, Flatonia, Texas. A rosary will occur Friday, June 12, 2020 at 7:00 PM, Flatonia, TX. A funeral mass will occur Saturday, June 13, 2020 at 10:00 AM at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Flatonia, TX. A burial will occur Saturday, June 13, 2020 at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, Flatonia, TX.

Serving as pallbearers are David Florus, Brent Florus, Ron Beck Jr., Virgil Guetieriz, Alex Holden Farek and Nancen Kainer. Honorary pallbearers are his Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren and Brandon Hernandez.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.smithfuneralhomeflatonia.com for the Farek family.


  • Pauline Farek, Wife
  • Emil Farek, Father (deceased)
  • Lillian Kalmus Farek, Mother (deceased)
  • Nicholas Farek, Son (deceased)
  • Kirby Farek (Nancy), Son
  • Mace Farek, Son
  • Mark Farek, Son
  • Joan Biel, Daughter
  • Mollie Beck (Ron), Sister
  • Leroy Farek, Brother (deceased)
  • Franklin Farek, Brother (deceased)
  • Lillian Wotipka, Sister (deceased)
  • Courtlen Farek, Grandson (deceased)
  • Bernie Biel, Son-in-law (deceased)
  • James also leaves behind five grandchildren
    and eight great grandchildren to cherish his memories.

  • David Florus, Active Pallbearer
  • Brent Florus, Active Pallbearer
  • Ron Beck Jr., Active Pallbearer
  • Virgil Guetieriz, Active Pallbearer
  • Alex Holden Farek, Active Pallbearer
  • Nancen Kainer, Active Pallbearer
  • Grandchildren, Honorary Pallbearers
  • Great Grandchildren, Honorary Pallbearers
  • Brandon Hernandez, Honorary Pallbearer


  • Visitation

    Friday, June 12, 2020

  • Rosary

    Friday, June 12, 2020

  • Funeral Mass

    Saturday, June 13, 2020

  • Burial

    Saturday, June 13, 2020


James Emil Farek

have a memory or condolence to add?

Karen Williams

June 13, 2020

To Pauline & family of James
So very sorry for your loss. I will always have happy memories dancing to the "Velvets" and the part that James played in making it all work. Have comfort in good memories

Lori Mica-Berger

June 12, 2020

He always made me feel welcome in their home.
What a kind and giving man.
I remember Christmas being all about family, friends and music! Always so much fun!
Love and Prayers to all!

Bruce & Donna Miller

June 11, 2020

May God bless you and your family during this time of sorrow.



When James Emil Farek walked into the room, those in his company felt energy, an enthusiastic spontaneity. This was just one example of who James was and how he impacted those around him. James was a clever and gregarious person who always sought out the finest attributes in other people. It was as if James wanted to share all of their experiences, revel in their lives and celebrate their discoveries. James was tireless and had boundless enthusiasm that would serve him well throughout his life.

      James was born on November 26, 1935 at home in Pine Spring, Texas. He was the son of Emil and Lillian (Kalmus) Farek. James was raised in the rural area of Fayette County near Flatonia, Texas. Always at the ready with a good joke, he grew up to be quite a humorous person. While some who knew James might describe him as an idealist, his friends and family understood well that James was always in pursuit of life’s endless possibilities and opportunities available to him.

      James was raised with four siblings. Lillian (Farek) Wotipka, Leroy Farek, Franklin Farek and Mollie (Farek) Beck. James was very accepting and supportive of his family. He was perceived as the central person in his family in terms of keeping communication open between the family members. Whenever discord or tension arose within the home, James was typically the member who brought about resolution and harmony. These traits served James well in his adult life and, along with his wit, outgoing personality, and understanding of others, drew the admiration of many who knew him.

      As a young boy, James was able to empathize and identify with a vast array of people and personality types. This quality drew him into a diverse group of friends and acquaintances. James was intelligent and had little trouble getting along with his peers. He was almost always the first to jump in when it came to playing games or participating in other childhood activities. James took part in football and basketball but he also liked hunting and fishing. He was a Scout and a self taught musician (guitar, base, french harp and accordian). In his spare time he liked hunting, harvesting pecans, whittling, guitar, arrow heads, being quaterback in football at school. James had the ability to find amusement with almost any activity he and the many childhood friends he shared might discover.

      During his high school years, James responded enthusiastically to any new project and was regularly in search of one adventure after another. He graduated from Flatonia High School in 1954. James was a very good student, and generally did well in his courses. James absorbed as much as he could from all of his teachers and was consistently able to tackle conceptual and abstract problems, using his imagination to master his assignments. For James, school often became just an extension of playtime, thanks to his ability to turn just about anything into a game. Classmates considered James a good listener, knowing that when necessary, they could go to him to discuss just about anything. His favorite class in high school was Geometry. The teacher he enjoyed learning from the most was Ms. Maggie Webb. James' accomplishments in high school was mostly music. He was co-founder of two popular bands (Shuck Brothers in the 1950's and Velvets in 1960's) After graduation he went into Road Construction and still played with the band at nights and on the weekends.

      James did well, he attended one semester of business at Blinn College in Brenham, Texas. Everything else he learned was self taught. James was very adaptable, a quality that helped him make the transition from high school to college to his work with little difficulty. As a result, James's problem solving skills and thirst for new knowledge almost guaranteed that he enjoyed virtually everything he took on. James was always in quest of new things to learn and experience.

      With a talent for making acquaintances easily which in turn brought him an endless stream of friends, James was very sociable and could blend without effort into any social group. Assertive and outgoing, James was easy to know and demonstrated a deep concern for others. He always seemed aware of what was going on with people around him and throughout his life he made many, many friends. While growing up, some of his best friends were Don Florus, Larry Zouzalik, Bootsie Grasshoff and Walter Wotipka. Later in life, he became friends with Tony Florus, Ben and Leroy Florus, Jerry Faltisek, Buddy Brunner and Garrett Ray.

      On August 26, 1956 James married Pauline Edra Florus at Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Flatonia, Texas. James's skill at “building bridges” played an important role in his ability to make his new family happy. He was quite sensitive towards Pauline's needs, showing his constant concern and fondness. James was tenderhearted and sensitive, qualities that served him well in helping to nurture his family.

      James was a natural and creative parent who was willing to provide his family with all sorts of new and interesting experiences. For James, parenting was a particularly enjoyable and pleasurable part of his life. Every activity, from chores to bedtime routines, became a game in the Farek home. James's skill at understanding his children's feelings, his sensitivity to their needs, and his gift for gentle persuasion enabled him to find novel solutions to any problem or situation that might crop up. James was blessed with five children: four sons, Mark James, Nicholas Jay, Kirby Lee and Mace Bryan and one daughter, Joan Dee. They were also blessed with six grandchildren, Courtlan, Jenna, Teagan, Holdan, Nancen and Brandon. And seven great grandchildren; Jayce, Kynlie, Kayden, Adley, Addison, Finley and Logan.

      James was uplifted by new ideas and was excited by life’s possibilities, traits that made him an exceptional worker. His primary occupation was Road Construction Superintendant. He was employed for 15 years with Jarbet Co. James was enterprising, inventive and working against deadlines seemed to energize him. James had the uncanny ability to identify a win/win solution to just about any problem, possibly because of his gift for insight. James's workers saw him as a supporter and a mentor.

      Because James loved to have a broad variety of activities in his life, he took advantage of the opportunity to pursue numerous hobbies. His favorite pursuits were playing music, poker with friends, fishing, golfing, peeling pecans with his pet chicken on the patio and drinking his Lone Star beer. James had a knack for being able to multi-task in order to create time for all of his favorite pastimes. However, James's ever-present concern for others always took precedent.

      James derived much satisfaction from participating in and watching sports. His charisma, supportive nature and ability to improvise when called upon to do so all made perfect attributes for enjoying a great many sporting activities. James was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were Dallas Cowboys and Texas University Football, Astros Baseball and Golf.

      Throughout his life, James was actively involved in professional and community organizations. He was compassionate, accommodating and quick to move into action. Always able to build a consensus, James seemed to be the person smack dab in the middle of things, working to get things done. Those who had the opportunity to work with James usually agreed that when you were involved in an organization with him, it was as entertaining as anything you could imagine. In high school, James was a member of the FFA and FHS Chorus. Throughout his later years, James was an active member of the Jacees, FHS School Trustee, Co-Founder Flatonia Golf Course and President of KC's.

      Because James was constantly in the center of things and where the action was, he always seemed willing to join in and help, regularly getting involved in community activities. James's gift of planning and improvisation, along with a talent for rallying support, made him a great asset. James found new ways of getting things done in order to help make just about every activity more efficient and enjoyable. James was an active member of several community groups, serving on committees for the organizing of Flatonia Centenial and Advertizing, playing music at many picnics and celetrations with is band the "Velvets". Politically, James was Democrat.

      James was a man who was dedicated and devoted to his faith. He was a catholic all his life (84 years). During that time, he participated in the picnics, KC's, church choir, sponsored KC's golf tournaments, FFA stock show, bowling teams and Little League baseball. He was sympathetic and able to empathize with others and he used these qualities to the fullest while working tirelessly for his beliefs.

      Though he never did anything solely for individual recognition, James's ingenuity, resourcefulness, and selflessness, earned him accolades for his many lifelong efforts. Some of his most prestigious awards included the Ski trip to Colorado for Altar boys sponsor, entertainment for Boy's & Girl's Club benefit, Las Vegas, Memphis Tennessee, California, Mexico, Louisiana, Arkansas and Colorado.

      James's love of improvising in his daily life was a perfect fit for his enjoyment of traveling. His favorite vacations were ones that were not planned. Traveling in a casual manor fit his personality well. Excited about seeing changing scenery and constantly looking for the enjoyment life could offer, James took his vacations seriously, well, as seriously as he possibly could. Favorite vacations included Las Vegas - Celebrating 50th Anniversary with family and friends.

      James was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. Tinker Belle, a reddish and gray tabby cat, was a best friend for 12 years and she's still here and misses James. She went to bed when he did - she slept at his feet. His family was rounded out by his 2 cats, Smitty with a large gray and white coat (like Bugs Bunny) that weighed 34 pounds, Sabath a Siamese, 2 dogs, Blondie a small Collie and Pierre' and Matilda the Plymouth Rock chicken.

       He adapted and, like everything in his life, made it satisfying. Because he was such a flexible person and able to adjust to any situation. James never retired. He was still running his own business at age 84. J&P Farek Paving Consultants. His office is at his house and his cell phone was with him on the site of the jobs. During his later years of life, James continued to stay in touch with his old friends and like always, made plenty of new ones.

      James Farek passed away on June 10, 2020 at Schulenburg Regency in Schulenburg, Texas. March 3rd James' body and mind was exceptional for a soon to be 85 year old man. When he went for his annual checkup Dr. Burkett found a leaky heart valve and suggested surgery. James had open heart surgery on March 13th at Texas Heart Hospital in Austin, Texas. Dr. Hyde said surgery went well. Recovery had many complications. His stay was 21 days at Heart Hospital and transferred to Warm Springs in Luling, Texas for therapy. His stay there was 9 weeks. He was transferred to Regency June 3rd. James suffered from complications which he was too weak to recover. He was a trooper and wanted so much to come home to his family. His wife said she thinks the Lord needed him to be with him. He is survived by wife Pauline, 3 sons Mark, Kirby and Mace, 1 daughter Joan, 5 grandchildren Jenna, Teagan, Holdan, Nancen and Brandon and 7 great grandchildren Jayce, Kynlie, Kayden, Adley, Addison, Finley and Logan. Services were held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Flatonia, Texas. James was laid to rest in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Flatonia, Texas.

      There was always a certain style and inventiveness to James. He was a dynamic, self-expressive person who was forever looking to celebrate the endless possibilities life had to offer. He had a knack for being clever, creative and witty, and for others, was a joy to be around. While he was often fiercely independent, it seemed as if many others looked to James Farek for inspiration, leadership, wisdom and even courage. James was always more than willing to share life’s experiences with his loved ones.