Warren Shedrick Farmer

June 27, 1943November 2, 2018

Warren Shedrick Farmer was born June 27,1943 in Gary, Indiana to Walter Farmer and Cleopatra Holmes. He was raised in a loving family alongside his older sister Regina and his younger sister Tamara. His grandparents Mama Lilly, Mama Anderson, Daddy Charles, and Daddy Anderson also played a pivotal role in raising and shaping the heart and mind of young Warren. After moving to Chicago in 1953, he graduated from St. Elizabeth High School in 1961. Upon graduation, he studied four years at the University of Chicago. But Warren never bought into the idea of working for someone else, he wanted to be the boss, and he was. He was a salesman at heart who started his first business at the age of 17 and over the next 58 years he would continue to work for himself, reinventing himself in every endeavor. He moved to Pittsburg in the late ’60s where attended Pitt University & later met his future wife Mary Alice Johnson.  He also purchased his first home in Pittsburgh. 

After taking a trip to Arizona in the late '70s to visit his childhood friend, Mr. Farmer decided to purchase his second home and moved his family out in 1979. He brought his big city charisma, and the latest trends, to the valley. He was an entrepreneur with an eye for opportunity and could talk to anybody on the street and find a connection. The thing that powered his business was more than self-belief, it was belief in God; belief that God was the ultimate source and that nothing was possible without him.

In addition to his love for God and his love of God's word, he loved to travel.  Throughout his lifetime his travels took him across the United States to Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean.

He was preceded in death by his father, Walter Farmer, his mother, Cleopatra Holmes, and his eldest sister, Regina Palmer. Warren is survived by his loving wife Mary Alice, and he leaves to cherish his memory, his four children, Marc Anthony, Eboni Cleopatra, Essence China & Elliott Ashby, 10 grandchildren, Ayanna, Hope, Dequay, Traivon, Marcaya, Isaiah, Kamari, Mattie, Alaya, and Marc Jr., his sister, Tamara Farmer Peoples-Carr, and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives.


  • Celebration of Life Friday, November 30, 2018

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