Nellie Paul Farr

December 31, 1928March 30, 2019

Nellie Paul Farr, lovingly known as, "Honey", age 90, of Madison, Mississippi, former Director of Volunteer Services at the Methodist Rehabilitation Center, died Saturday, March 30, 2019.

Visitation will be Monday, April 1, at Parkway Funeral Home from 4-7 p.m. The service will be on Tuesday, April 2, at Madison United Methodist Church with visitation at 10 a.m. and service at 11 a.m. Graveside services will be immediately following at Parkway Memorial Cemetery.

Nellie Paul was a Jackson native and a member of Capital Street United Methodist Church, where she was Lay Leader and Speaker, Officer in the Crusader’s and Leader of the Seekers Adult Bible Study. She was active in Cursillo, serving as a staff leader for retreats.

As a young mother of three children she served as President of Lester PTA, board member of Peeples Jr. High, Wingfield and Provine High School, and Jackson City Council PTA.

Throughout her life Mrs. Farr was active in community service organizations, serving as Chairman of Fund Raising for the Jackson Area United Way, Neighborhood Organization Chairman for March of Dimes, and Cystic Fibrosis. She was a former member of Goodwill Auxiliary; Jackson Symphony League, and South Jackson Civic League. Other memberships and interests were Alta-Raymond Garden Club, Wimodasus Book Club, and was active in Gubernatorial Campaigns as a volunteer and fund raiser.

As Director of Volunteer Services at The Methodist Rehabilitation Center, she gained many friends from her association with staff, patients and volunteers. She recruited, trained, and placed volunteers in worthwhile service positions where they contributed valuable hours of service to patients and staff. As Director, she was a guest speaker for church groups, Civic Clubs, and workshops for volunteers.

Nellie Paul served as the Director of VIPs Madison United Methodist Senior Group for many years until it was, sadly, no longer physically possible. She truly enjoyed the faithful friendships and fellowship that the VIPs provided. She was presented Chair Emeritus of the VIP’s in January, 2017 for her years of service in the VIP Ministry. At the time of her death, she was a member of Madison United Methodist and The United Methodist Women.

Nellie Paul was preceded in death by her parents Jessie Lorea Gates and Frank Culbert Jones son, Gary Stephen Farr. She is survived by her husband Richard Ansley Farr Jr., Children: Paula Farr Jackson (Vincent), Jan Farr Duran (Gerald), Grandchildren: David Myers (Caitlin), Anna Mach (Hunter), Joy Beth Myers (Tony), Heather Duran Depta (Brent), Great Grandchildren: Declan and Pierce Myers, Ruby and Noble Mach, Parker, Labryn and Mabry Hart Depta.

The family would like to thank the staff of Prime Care and Kindred Hospice for the loving care and concern they gave to “Honey” and her longtime caregiver Patricia Hill. "Honey" was cared for by many loving caregivers over the years. She was a mentor, counselor, listener, and friend to all. Honey "gave care" back to her caregivers and thought of them as family. One of her favorite activities was having was having daily devotionals with her husband and caregivers.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Congregational Care at Madison United Methodist Church.


  • Richard Ansley Farr, Jr., Husband
  • Paula Farr and husband Vincent Jackson, Daughter
  • Jan Farr and husband Gerald Duran, Daughter
  • Honey also leaves her Grandchildren: David Myers (Caitlin), Anna Mach (Hunter), Joy Beth Myers (Tony), Heather Duran Depta (Brent), Great Grandchildren: Declan and Pierce Myers, Ruby and Noble Mach, Parker, Labryn and Mabry Hart Depta to cherish her memory.

  • Congregational Care at Madison United Methodist Church


  • Visitation Monday, April 1, 2019
  • Visitation Tuesday, April 2, 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Nellie Paul Farr

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Marian Mcknight

April 15, 2019

Nellie Paul and I always knew each other, but really didn't. In my early years, she was "Aunt Lorea's daughter", and I was "Aunt Lillian's little Marion".
Her wedding to Dick was the second that I attended as a young elementary aged student. I remember when Gary was born, and I would visit them in their
first home, a cute little house behind her parents' home.
My first adult contact with Nellie Paul was made when Aunt Lorea died. I had moved to Fairhope and shared my phone number and address with her.
In 1996. Nellie Paul called me one day and told me that she had stumbled on my telephone number when she was going through old papers. This was the beginning of a very special friendship! I had been visiting Jackson quite often about that time and until recently, had family members there. I would visit Nellie Paul and Dick when they were at home. They were still traveling fairly often during that time. Like our mothers, we talked on the phone frequently.
At that time, Jackson was hosting the wonderful Russian and French exhibits and collections, and we would visit those together. She indeed was a counselor as well as a friend. When I was a child, I thought it was so neat to know someone who was as beautiful as Elizabeth Taylor. As a mature adult, I discovered her gifts and her personality, particularly her kindness. She was so excited when I bought a house. We would shop and she would help me select beautiful pillows and a beautiful tulip arrangement, etc. When I married, she was so happy and excited. My husband and I always tried to see Nellie Paul and Dick or meet them at a restaurant. She was so proud of her children and grandchildren and always shared with me all you did and accomplished. I will always remember her and miss her. Dick, you and your children and grandchildren remain in my thoughts and prayers. Your lovely "Honey" touched my life too and greatly enriched it. With love, Marion Woods McKnight