Mr. William James Farthing

  • Born: October 10, 1922
  • Died: December 28, 2009
  • Location: Kingsport, Tennessee

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Tribute & Message From The Family

William J. Farthing, age 87, of Kingsport, passed away on Monday, December 28, 2009 at Holston Manor.

William was born in Montezuma, NC, son of the late Conard T. Farthing and Jean Ledford Farthing.

William graduated top of his class at Newland High School. He served in the United States Army during WWII, as part of the 517th Engineering Battalion, William arrived on Omaha Beach on June 8, 1944. Though two days had passed since the initial invasion, the fighting was still intense. William stayed on Omaha Beach, loading and unloading supply ships, until the day after Thanksgiving. He was then transferred to Antwerp, Belgium, to guard trains to their destination. Once the trains reached their destinations, he and the other guards had to find their way back to the starting point as best they could, which allowed them to see much of France, Belgium, Holland and Germany. Fighting in the Battle of the Bulge, he was awarded several medals such as the American Theater Campaign, Eamet Campaign with three Bronze Service Stars, Good Conduct and the Victory Medal.

After the war, William later moved to Kingsport and worked as a security guard at Holston Defense Corporation until his retirement in 1984. He was a member of Ketron Memorial United Methodist Church. William valued education and became self taught on many different subjects. He passed down the importance of reading to all of his children. He enjoyed outdoor activities and loved to travel, taking his family along for the adventure. He was a loving husband, caring dad, proud grandfather, loyal brother and trusted friend. He will be missed by all that knew him.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Conard and Jean Ledford Farthing; sisters, Viola Farthing Carter and Dorothy Farthing Harmon; brothers Fred and Archie Farthing.

William is survived by his wife of 64 years, Hilda Gatheridge Farthing of the home; daughters, Carol Lane and her husband, Marshall of Rogersville, Linda Jane Farthing of Palo Alto, CA and Billie J. Farthing of Johnson City; granddaughter, Michelle Lane of Church Hill; sister, Sibyl Pyatte of Rock Hill, SC; brothers, Paul Farthing and his wife Rosa of Kingsport and Jimmie Farthing and his wife Mary Ruth of Rock Hill, SC.

A gathering of family and friends will be held on Thursday, December 31, 2009 at the J. Wayne Hamilton Memorial Chapel at Oak Hill Funeral Home from 1:00PM until 3:00PM. Funeral Services will follow at 3:00 PM with Rev. Donna Hester of Ketron Memorial United Methodist Church officiating.

A military graveside service will follow in the Masonic Garden with American Legion Hammond Post #3 and Gate City Post 265 and the Tennessee National Guard.

The American Legion Hammond Post will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in honor of William Farthing to Ketron Memorial United Methodist Church Youth Program or to the Sullivan County Humane Society.

The staff of Oak Hill Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of William J. Farthing.

Condolence & Memory Journal

I enjoyed working with Mr. Farthing at HDC.
My sincere condolences to his family.

Posted by J. W. "Bill" Dickson, Jr. - Kingsport, TN   December 31, 2009

Dear Mrs. Farthing and family,
Truly sorry to hear of the loss of Mr. Farthing. Our father, Charlie E. Neeley, worked many years with Mr. Farthing at Holston Defense. Daddy and our Mom, Maxine, thought the world of both of you. We haven't been in touch for years, but we remember you fondly. Our sympathy and prayers are with you. Michael and Patricia

Posted by Patricia ( Neeley) Bernard - Rogersville, TN   December 31, 2009

William was a kind and generous soul. We will miss him. Our thoughts are with his wife, Rita, and his daughters.

Bruce, Susan, and Max Hoelzen

Posted by Bruce, Susan, and Max Hoelzen - Roswell, GA   December 31, 2009


Mr. Farthing was a wonderful man. I worked with him at Holston, he was so nice and friendly. My father C.E.Greear and Bill still kept in touch. My thoughts and prayers are with you, he was truly a very special person. So sorry for your loss.

Posted by Becky Greear Million - Church Hill, TN - friend   December 30, 2009


I am so sorry to hear about the death of your brother. I read the obit and he was blessed with a wonderful life. My prayers are with you all at this tough time. Blessings to you all. Love, Sylvia

Posted by SYLVIA FRANKS - friend of Jim & Mary Ruth   December 30, 2009

Dear Family,
Our thoughts and prayers have been with all of you over the past few months. Know that your dear loved one has now enter Heaven's Gate free of all pain. My Dad ( H.R.) Rodie to his friends, thought so much of Mr. Farthing. My mother (Mildred) is Hassie Coffey's niece. I don't know if you remember them or not but they have both remember your family over the years. Billie, I know it will be hard letting your dad go. There isn't a day that goes bye that my dad isn't on my mind and heart. But one day we will all join our loved ones that have gone on before us.
Your friends,
Cindy Rodefer Edwards
Mildred Rodefer

Posted by Cindy Rodefer Edwards - Bristol, TN   December 30, 2009



Know that my love is going out to you and your family at this difficult time. We know that we will see our loved ones again. If you need anything we are just a phone call away! Day or Night.

Posted by DeAnne Hayes - Friend   December 30, 2009


My prayers and love are with you all.

Posted by Sarah White - Friend   December 30, 2009


The staff of Oak Hill is praying for your family. If you need anthing please do not hestitate to telephone us.

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