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John Fulton Farley

John Fulton Farley, 70, of Greer, S.C. died Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013 at Smith Phayer Hospice house in Landrum, S.C. after a long battle with cancer.  A native of Halifax County, he was the son of the late James Kerr Farley Sr. and Mabel Lovelace Farley.

Mr. Farley was a 1961 graduate of Halifax County High School and a 1968 graduate of Virginia Tech.  He served with the U. S. Army in the Vietnam War where he earned the Purple Heart.  He was a retired civil servant, having spent most of his career in Baltimore as a special agent with the Justice Department.  He was of the Christian faith and loved the Lord, his family, hunting, traveling and being anywhere near salt water and ocean breezes. After retirement, he became an avid sailor and lived on his boat, the Mystic Lady, for 15 years sailing around the eastern coast of Florida.

Survivors include one daughter, Barbara Farley Gilbert, and her husband, Richard, of Greer; three grandsons, Scot, Matthew and Cole Gilbert of Greer; a brother, James (Jimmy) K. Farley Jr. and his wife, Linda, of South Boston; two nephews, James K. Farley III and his wife, Carole, of Niceville, Fla. and Greg Farley and his wife, Kathy, of Halifax; two stepdaughters, Chrissy Kominoth and Rebecca Haggerty; and a special cousin, Elizabeth Lovelace.

Memorial services will be Saturday, Dec. 21, at 3 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church in Greer officiated by Pastor Robert Cox.  

Visitation with the family will immediately follow the service in the church fellowship hall.  

Per Mr. Farley’s request the family will privately scatter his ashes off the coast of Key West, Fla.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorials be made to the Hospice House of the Carolina Foothills, 130 Forest Glen Drive, Columbus, NC 28722 or the American Cancer Society P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718. 

Living Waters Funeral Home and Crematory, Lyman, S.C. is serving the family.