Lena Harrison Farr
November 4, 1926 – January 7, 2021
Lena Harrison Farr slipped peacefully into Eternal Life at home Thursday, January 7, following several years of declining health. A private service will be held Tuesday, January 12, 2021at Mackey Funerals and Cremations at Woodlawn Chapel at 2pm, conducted by Rev. Jimmy Harley and Lindsay O’ Rear. Daughter of Agnes Johnson Hunnicutt, Mrs. Farr was born November 4, 1925. She grew up in Greer, graduated from Greer High School and attended North Greenville Junior College. She is survived by her husband of over 64 years, Homer Andrew Farr, Jr. Together they raised their children: Linda Farr Gillespie (Easley); Bidney Harrison Bozard; and Homer Andrew Farr, III (Karen), both of Greenville. Mrs. Farr was predeceased by a son, Michael Harrison; a son-in-law, the Rev. Dr. Jack Bozard Jr; her sister, Lois Johnson Hughes; and a brother, George Mitchell. The Farrs were richly blessed to celebrate the births of six grandchildren: Samuel Gillepsie (Easley); Michael Andrew Bozard (Kristen) and James Edward Bozard (Shannon) all of Columbia; Nicholas Farr (Jill) Katie Farr Hardman (Jason); and Kayla Farr Bell (Justin) – all of Greenville.
Amazingly, Lena and Homer have also been able to become great-grandparents of nine great-grandchildren: Jackson Bozard; Marlee Hardman, Tanner Bozard; Brooklynn Farr, Margaret Anne Bozard; Hayden Farr; Taylor and Walker Bozard (twins); and Nolan Bell.
Mrs. Farr had been an active member of Taylors First Baptist Church since 1956 where she had worked with the Girls’ Auxiliary and was the “Card Lady” to her Senior Sunday School Class until her health decline.
Lena loved her family and her church family but would have continued working until the present had her years and health allowed. She was an employee of Southern Bleachery and later became an Executive Secretary to Max Heller at Maxon. A number of years later she served as Executive Secretary to Dalton Wright of Reliance Electric Company until her retirement she continued her career as an Executive Secretary at Bigelow Industries.
When Mrs. Farr wasn’t working and raising four children, she enjoyed gardening, reading, puzzle solving, and enriching the lives of her grandchildren and great-grands. She was much loved for her humor, sassiness, and her unadulterated love. One of the last memories was hearing four-year-old Nolan Bell sing “Jesus Loves Me” at her bedside the evening before her death, surrounded by many of her family. Each grandchild and great-grandchild treasures the shopping trips; the outlandish interpretations she gave to local businesses such as BB&T; and even helping to potty train them using trees in her backyard. These were the treasures she bequeathed to all of her family.
Lena Farr’s passing was what she had long prayed for: to “go” in her sleep. In a matter of seconds she silently drew her final breath and peacefully made her transition to the amazing promise of Eternal Life.
Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.
Mrs. Farr’s family would like to thank Homestead Hospice for their months of care, especially Becky Davis (nurse); Porsha Anderson (nurse) and her devoted aide Melissa Brown.
Memorials may be made to Taylors First Baptist Church (200 W Main St, Taylors, SC 29687) and Homestead Hospice (109 Laurens Rd Building 1A Greenville, SC 29607).
Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Lena Harrison Farr
January 10, 2021
Through my childhood and teen years my greatest fear was losing my mom. Now at seventy-two, that dread has occurred. As I’ve been dealing with her passing, I’ve been flipping through a multitude of memories: Mother loved to remind me of changing my clothes at least four times daily so I was her dress up doll; twisting my curls around newspaper or cloth strips to leave my twisted curls picture perfect; and my learning to walk on the National Capitol steps. My teen years bring memories of sleep overs when Mom would join us, dancing to our fifties’ hits. Friends often expressed envy that they could talk about anything with her and that SHE LISTENED. Adult Bidney has two etched memories that stand out. 1976 as Mom sat at her desk in the executive offices at Bigelow-Sanford, she answered my phone call and learned Jack and I were bringing home twin baby boys. Mom began crying and shouting; a vice-president hurried out of his office believing someone had died, instead receiving the long- awaited news of our joyous additions. I remember Mom and Papa keeping vigil beside my husband’s hospital bed, tears and heartache as our 52 year-old Jack drew his own final breaths. They grieved the loss of this dear SON (in law). In the ensuing twenty-two years we remembered our loss with tears. They were my ballast in a dark period that left me broken. For seventy-two years my mother was my counselor, comforter, encourager, director, teacher. How am I to live the time that follows on without her? Embrace your peace, Mom, and fly toward it on eagle’s wings knowing your children carry you in their hearts.
January 9, 2021
Dear Family and Friends, please know that you are not alone in your grief and sorrow. I have shed so many tears since her passing. Jesus is with you to carry you through each hour and day ahead providing grace, mercy love, and discernment. Many times Aunt Lena would tell me who she wanted to see and speak with in Heaven. Earth's loss is Heaven's gain. Thank God we will see her again in Heaven.
With love and prayers,
Niece Tonya Sabrina Mitchell
Daughter of Aunt Lena's only brother, George J. Mitchell
Tonya Sabrina Mitchell
January 9, 2021
Dear Uncle Homer, Bidney, Andy, Karen, Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren, Pauline, and all Family and Friends, we are praying for you all. Aunt Lena touched so many lives. There are not enough words to express how much Aunt Lena is loved. She is no longer suffering but is with Jesus, walking on Streets of Gold, and in a New, Perfect Body. Aunt Lena was my Dad's favorite sister throughout their lives. Aunt Lena always had such a warm smile and loved everyone. She was always concerned with other people. Aunt Lena was an exemplary wife, mother, aunt, grandmother, great grandmother and friend. There are not enough words to convey how much i loved her. I enjoyed my visits with Aunt Lena discussing her family, childhood, and different events in her life. Sometimes we would laugh and sometimes we would cry. She always had a positive outlook on life. She missed being able to go to church, to go to family events, to go out riding with Uncle Homer and shopping. May God provide your each and every need including grace, peace, comfort, love and discernment. I cherish all if the memories and times spent with her. Aunt Lena was a delight to spend time with just talking and sharing. She was such a gracious Southern Lady. If there is someone, either a Friend or Family Member, who is not saved, may this be the time that someone will repent of their sins and accepts Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Remember the special times shared with Aunt Lena. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Love and prayers,
Tonya Sabrina Mitchell and Brian Lee Pace
(Daughter of the Late Rev. George J. Mitchell and Ruth Ellen Bates