OBITUARY

Andrew Jennings Farr

June 8, 1990March 25, 2016
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A funeral service for Andrew “Drew” Jennings Farr, 25, will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at Cornerstone Presbyterian Church on Bush River Road. The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. Monday, April 4, 2016 at Dunbar Funeral Home, Dutch Fork Chapel. Drew passed away in an automobile accident in Mozambique, Africa, on March 25, 2016, while faithfully serving in the Peace Corps. A native of Irmo, South Carolina, Drew served as an education volunteer in Mozambique, where he taught secondary school physics in the village of Chitima, Tete Province. In his Peace Corps application, Drew wrote that in order to adapt to the Mozambican culture, he planned to “simply listen, observe and understand their way of life.” He was excited to learn new teaching techniques from his Mozambican community members and looked forward to hearing their personal perspectives on “the geography of the country, history, demographics, and their future.” Drew was a graduate of Dutch Fork High School. He later received a bachelor’s degree in physics from The College of Charleston and was accomplished in the field of physics. He presented at the American Physical Society March Meeting in 2013, worked with the ExCitAtIon (Experiments at The Citadel on Atoms and Ions) group in the Department of Physics at The Citadel as an undergraduate student, and received the Sigma Pi Sigma Society of Physics Students Undergraduate Research Award in 2012. He also received an undergraduate research award from the NASA Space Grant Consortium in May 2010. Drew’s commitment to service began prior to serving as a Peace Corps volunteer. He was a physics and math tutor at the Citadel in Charleston and an Eagle Scout in Boy Scouts of America Troop 312. Drew loved music and was in the Dutch Fork High School Marching Band. He enjoyed playing the trumpet, guitar, drums, bass, and piano. He was also passionate about the outdoors, cooking, gardening, travel, and learning. Drew is survived by his parents, Mrs. Kim F. Hagwood and Mr. Steven H. Hagwood and Mr. Roy Jennings Farr, III, and Mrs. Deborah Buff Farr, and his step-sister, Ms. Robbyn D. Young. Drew is the grandson of R. Jennings Farr, Jr. and the late Oleta Sanders Farr of Liberty, SC, of Jay Allen McJunkin and Mary Jo Seaborn McJunkin of Six Mile, SC of Mrs. Joyce D. Buff and the late Glenn A. J. Buff of Panama City, FL, and of James R. Hagwood and Jacqueline “Jackie” Hagwood of Bethune, SC. He is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends who have loved him dearly. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to The American Cancer Society, The Peace Corp at https://donate.peacecorps.gov/donate/fund/andrew-j-farr-memorial-fund/, or The Gideons International Organization, P.O. Box 210263, Columbia, SC 29221-0263. Bibles will be distributed to the community in Drew’s memory. Please sign the online guestbook at www.dunbarfunerals.com. Dunbar Funeral Home, Dutch Fork Chapel, is assisting the family.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, April 4, 2016
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, April 5, 2016

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Clair DeLune

April 15, 2016

When one so young is lost to us on Earth, the grief is incomparable. The joys shared over his brief time on earth provide some comfort, as does having known his giving heart, which was so big because of the hearts of those who raised him to be such a loving, wonderful and giving person. My condolences Drew's entire family, but especially to my dear friends, Deborah and Roy - I know he is in God's heaven and may God embrace you all and comfort you through this incredible sadness and loss. With deepest sympathy, Clair.

Andrew Monroe

April 7, 2016

Hearts are breaking for the extended family. Deepest condolences.

Marty White

April 6, 2016

Dear Kim.

Our hearts weigh heavy at the news of Drew's accident and passing. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this time, and in the time to come. And I hope to see your friendly, smiling face again, when the time is right for you. God bless.

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Susan and Jeffrey Hoffman

April 6, 2016

Praying daily for all of Drew's loved ones!

Hacienda Padre Pio

April 5, 2016

Our condolences to you and your family.

Sofia Passariello

April 5, 2016

My deepest condolences go out to you and your family.

Cathy Monroe

April 5, 2016

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Drew Farr. I have heard his Aunt Jan (Farr) Carden talk about him with great love over the years and know he will be greatly missed. What a special gift he has been to the many lives he has touched. No doubt he will be having new adventures in Heaven!

Barry Lee

April 5, 2016

Kim, I am so sorry to hear of Drew's passing. You have my deepest sympathy and prayers for the entire family.

Tina Torres

April 5, 2016

My prayers are with you and your family. My heart aches for you, if I can do anything, please let me know. My God cradle you in his arms.

April 5, 2016

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Biography

In life, Andrew "Drew" Jennings Farr was a very observant and giving young man. Drew preferred to live in a world of harmony where everything around him made sense. A free spirit, he believed that his actions definitely spoke for themselves. He seemed to know what fit and what didn’t fit in everything he did. Drew perceived that all of life’s possibilities were open to him and was always ready to share with those around him.

Drew was born on June 8, 1990 at Richland Memorial Hospital in Columbia, South Carolina. His parents were Kim and Steve Hagwood and Deborah and Roy Farr. Drew had one step-sister, Robbyn Young. Drew was surrounded by loving grandparents Jay Allen and Mary Jo McJunkin, Jennings and Oleta Farr and step-grandparents James and Jackie Hagwood and Glenn and Joyce Buff.

Drew was raised in Irmo, South Carolina where he attended River Springs Elementary School, Crossroads Middle School, Dutch Fork Middle School and Dutch Fork High School. He was a member of Cornerstone Presbyterian Church. At age 14 he accepted Jesus Christ as his personal savior.

As a young child, Drew was happy and playful. Early on in life he showed that he was flexible and got along well with everyone. He took part in little league baseball, tennis, and scouting. One of his favorite outside activities was skateboarding with his friends. Some of his memorable achievements were making the all star team in baseball, being recognized as a region band participant on several occasions, and being named the rank of Eagle Scout in scouting. As he grew up he continued to take pleasure in the outdoors and using his hands in order to create. Whether it was planting a small garden, composing songs on the guitar or hiking a new trail, Drew enjoyed life.

Drew graduated from Dutch Fork High School in 2008 where he played trumpet in the Dutch Fork High School Marching Band. After graduation, he attended the Citadel Military College from 2008-2011 and graduated from the College of Charleston in 2013.

In college, Drew showed that he was able to focus on what was necessary. He found it quite easy to dive headlong into classes, especially those that truly interested him. Drew was able to move comfortably through a wide variety of courses. His ability to assemble highly creative projects became second nature to him. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from The College of Charleston in 2013. His favorite professor was Robert "Rob" Clark, Assistant Professor of Physics at The Citadel.

Drew traveled to Scotland with The Citadel Regimental Marching Band where he performed at The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in 2010. Drew presented at the American Physical Society March meeting in 2013. He worked with the ExCitAtIon (Experiments at the Citadel on Atoms and Ions) group in the Department of Physics at The Citadel as an undergraduate student, and received the Sigma Pi Sigma Society of Physics Students Undergraduate Research Award in 2012. Drew also received an undergraduate research award from the NASA Space Grant Consortium in May 2010.

Those who didn’t know Drew well might not view him as being an outgoing person, those who called him their friend knew differently. Drew was somewhat shy and never forced his opinions and values on others. He rarely called attention to himself, but when he did speak out, his message was clearly understood. Close friends knew that his kindness was unmatched, and once you became a friend of Drew's, you had a friend for life. Some of his childhood friends were Bradley Kulac, Dylan Richards, and Tyler Cook. In high school, he became friends with Elliott Gleaton, Jimmy Joy, and Taylor Williams. College friends included Nate Figlewski, George Sourlis, and John Tousignant. Everyone that knew Drew said that Drew didn't have just one best friend that everyone was a best friend to him.

As a young adult, Drew enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. His favorite pursuits were playing guitar and trumpet, biking, hiking and camping. He was content with enjoying his hobbies alone but also willing to share his interests with others.

Because he loved the world around him, Drew enjoyed traveling and going away on vacations. It was an opportunity for him to kick back and relax, to visit new places and experience new things. In his 25 years, Drew was able to visit numerous places such as Yellowstone National Park, Banff (Canada), the Grand Canyon, New York City, the Dominican Republic, Key West, Hawaii, San Francisco, Washington, DC, and Disney World. On a professional basis, he was also able to travel to Scotland and Africa. While in Africa he continued to pursue his passions of hiking and camping with his Peace Corps site-mate, Cole Radenbaugh.

In 2015 Drew was accepted into the Peace Corps to teach secondary level physics in Mozambique, Africa. He worked hard and did his best to succeed every day. Only special people thrive as Peace Corps Volunteers. Being a Volunteer requires tremendous courage, a creative mind and a caring heart. But most of all, a Volunteer must have a passion for service and a deep commitment to helping others. Drew exemplified each of these and pursued his passions thoughtfully, wholeheartedly, and fearlessly. In the village of Chitima, in a valley of Mozambique's Tete Province, Drew threw himself into his work. And just as he strove to give his very best in the classroom, he dedicated his energies outside of the school day to lift up others, too...whether it was on the soccer field where he had been asked to lead a boys' team and a girls' team; or in the music club he was working to start.
      
Drew was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Drew's favorites was a childhood cat, Andi, that he had for 16 years. While living in Charleston, he adopted a mixed breed dog, Sophie. And, during his time in Africa he befriended a stray kitten and a chicken named "Rio".

Drew passed away on March 25, 2016 in Mozambique, Africa in an automobile accident while faithfully serving in the Peace Corps. His legacy represents the best of what Peace corps stands for... peace, friendship, and the fundamental belief that one person can make a difference. He is survived by his parents, Kim and Steve Hagwood and Deborah and Roy Farr, his step-sister Robbyn Young and his grandparents Jay Allen and Mary Jo McJunkin, Jennings Farr, Jr., and step-grandparents, James and Jackie Hagwood, and Joyce Buff. He is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. Services were held at Cornerstone Presbyterian Church.

Drew was a kind and good person who will for all time be remembered by his family and friends. A fellow Peace Corps friend and volunteer wrote "your son was such a genuine guy. He was funny, kind, and fun to be around. He was definitely one of the good ones". Drew embodied the very best that our country has to offer. Though Drew's soul may have been reunited with God, his spirit continues to live on within each and every single person lucky enough to have known him. He leaves behind him a treasury of life-long friendships and wonderful memories. Drew always had much to give and was able to make those connections in his life where his gifts were appreciated. Everyone whose life he touched will always remember Drew.