William Hayes Farmer

August 8, 1930December 20, 2010

William Hayes (Bill) Farmer, 80 years, went to be with the Lord on December 20, 2010. He was born August 8, 1930 in Hamilton, Ohio to Edgar Randolph and Ada Meece Farmer. William is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Carolyn Ann Farmer. He is survived by his children, Karen Sandu and husband, Eugen; Kevin Farmer and wife, Joan; grandchildren, Marshal Benson and wife, Desiree; Julian Sandu and William Farmer and Great-grandson, Taegan Benson.

William is also survived by his loving children from an earlier marriage, Gary Farmer; Billie Sandefer and husband Larry; Donna Moffit; Terry Farmer and wife, Gloria, and Robert Farmer. Grandchildren are Stephen and Nathan Sandefer, Jason Moffit and Valerie Farmer; Great-grandchildren, Shelby and Stephen Sandefer, Jr., and Kayla Moffit.

He moved to Houston, Texas in spring 1949 to work at Champion Paper International with his dad, Edgar. He retired in 1994 after 45 years as a papermaker, retiring as lead Quality Control Inspector.

William led a very active life. He loved boats. Racing boats in competition and for relaxation. He did off-road cross country racing on his motorcycle and raced stock cars at old Arrowhead Speedway in Houston. He and his wife both participated in sports car rallies. He was a certified scuba diver, played baseball with several teams in Pasadena, Texas. He then started coaching his son Kevin at OFA Little League. He was an accomplished skeet shooter. William supported the Boy Scouts and became an Adult Scouter.

William was a faithful server of God and served faithfully at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church for over 40 years and served the Vestry for 15 years as Jr. Warden. He served St. Barnabas in any capacity necessary. He recently joined St. Thomas The Apostle Episcopal Church and had hoped to become an active member.

William was a man of great faith. He led a full life. When he met a stranger, he left with a friend. He was loved by his family and the many friends acquired over the years. William was very proud of his Native American and Scottish heritage.

Visitation will be held Sunday, December 26, 2010, 3:00-8:00 p.m. at Forest Park East Funeral Home, 21620 Gulf Freeway (I-45 S) Webster, Texas. Funeral Service will be at St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church, 18300 Upper Bay Road, Houston, Texas, Monday, December 27, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. A reception will be held after the Service. Interment will follow at Forest Park East Cemetery.

Donations may be made to St. Barnabas Episcopal Church or to St. Thomas The Apostle Episcopal Church Building Fund in his memory.


  • Visitation Sunday, December 26, 2010
  • Funeral Service Monday, December 27, 2010

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February 3, 2011

Dear Carolyn,
On behalf of the Alabama Company officers and members we wish to express our sincere condolence on the death of your husband. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Robert Cheney, Governor Alabama Company

January 16, 2011

Dear Carolyn,

The San Antonio Company joins me in sending prayers and sympathy on the loss of your dear Bill. We know that you have had great adversity for a long time with so much illness and yet, you never had Jamestowne on the back burner with all that you do for us.

You are in our hearts with love.

Nancy Corwin Ritchie

Emily Smith

January 12, 2011

Dear Carolyn,

I, personally, and the members of the First Louisiana Company of the Jamestowne Society wish to express our deepest sympathy and sincere condolences to you and your family in the loss of you husband,Bill. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Most sincerely,

Emily Smith, Governor
and Company members

Sherry & Roger Mason

December 29, 2010

Dearest Carolyn,

We loved Bill & he will always be in our minds & hearts. You two were blessed to have found one another. Bill was a true gentleman with a wonderful disposition, unselfish & always ready to help another. He was a true friend and we are lucky to have known him. God had a plan for him and he is now serving our Father in heaven. We hope to see him again one day.

Carole & David Mather

December 29, 2010

We are so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. He was such a nice person, always. Our deepest sympathy to you and the family.

DeEtte Nesbitt

December 29, 2010


It is with a heavy heart that I offer you my deepest sympathy during this difficult time. Bill was such a wonderful man and a blessing to so many during his life. A loving husband, he was a shining example of what constitutes a "good man". As the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote, "When a great man dies, for years the light he leaves behind him, lies on the paths of men." it will be with Bill's life. I know you miss him terribly, and I want you to know that I am here for you at any time you need to talk or cry. You are a dear friend, and I grieve with you.

Bonnie Shelton

December 28, 2010

Dear Carolyn,
I am deeply saddened to learn of Bill's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
God Bless,

Karen Sandu

December 28, 2010

To My Daddy. I Love You. Always and Forever. You taught me alot of things that I had to know for living life and now I have passed on to my children. Rest Peacfully and know that we WILL see each other again.

Tom schenk

December 27, 2010


I'm so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. You and the family are in our prayers.

Tom Schenk

December 27, 2010


I'm so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. You are in our prayers.