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James (Jim) Farris was born on October 25, 1925 to Dee and Lady Farris in Cooperton Oklahoma. He attended Granite High School where he graduated in 1944. He then joined the Navy where he served during World War II for two years. He then attended Oklahoma A&M (now named Oklahoma State University) where he earned both his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees all while working at the Stillwater Fire Department. His first teaching and coaching job was in Norfolk, Oklahoma where he met Lavonne Davis and was married in 1954. They moved to Panola, Oklahoma where he accepted a principal and high school coaching position. Jim and Lavonne then moved to Noble, Oklahoma in 1956 where he served for Noble Public Schools for more than thirty-five years in various positions. He became involved with the Noble Fire Department in 1967 due to his firefighting experience in Stillwater. After a successful career at the Fire Department, he retired in 1989. His hobbies included: riding ATV's in Colorado, going to his deer cabin in Southeast Oklahoma, hosting fish fry's for his former coaches and friends, and regularly attending Noble sporting events.
One of his biggest Maintenance Directors achievements was the planning and building of our first football field, fieldhouse, practice field, and track. What made this such a huge accomplishment is that the entire job was completed within the school system, including labor and personal equipment. This was all done at the same time he was the Fire Chief and managing a full time fire department.
Some of Jims achievements while being fire chief were- initiating a bond issue in 1968 to fund a new pumper fire engine and build a new fire station to house the new truck and other equipment. He started the first full time fire department in 1980, and in 1983 he incorporated the ambulance service into the fire department and hired more EMT's. Within 2 years he was able to obtain advanced life support level of service for the fire department. At that time there were only 5 other fire departments in the state with that distinction.
Some of Mr. Farris's coaching accomplishments were- Coaching at Noble for 16 years making appearances in the state tournament 9 times in softball, 3 times in volleyball, and 2 times in girls basketball. His teams were State Champions in Volleyball and Softball as well as 6 time Canadian valley Regional Champions in Basketball, and elected conference coach of the year 2 times.
Some of Mr. Farris civic duties were-Volunteer fire chief in 1967, city councilman in 1968 to 1974 and becoming mayor in 1975-1980. He initiated a city bond issue in 1968 to build a new fire station and purchase the first Pumper fire engine, which in turn, lowered the homeowner's insurance rates.
Jim is survived by: Lavonne of the home; daughter Dee Ann Boyd; son Geronimo and wife Brook; seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren; and sister Peggy Lounsbury.
Jim is preceded in death by his son, Dee Davis Farris, his daughter, Jamay Ladee Farris, his father, Dee Edison, mother Lady Irene, brother Jerrel, Brother Junior, and Sister Polly.
We will celebrate the life and memory of Jim with a visitation from 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm at McMahans Funeral Home on Sunday, February 4, 2018. The funeral services will take place at the Noble Church of Christ on February 5, 2018 at 10:30 am. Interment will be at Sentinel Cemetery in Sentinel, Oklahoma at 3:30 pm following the funeral.
Pallbearers are Chase Boyd, Garrett Boyd, Jimmy Farris, Matthew Farris, Gabriel Long, and Nathan Long.
Honorary pallbearers are his "Beloved Ball Girls."
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Noble Public Schools Foundation for Academic Excellence. Attention: Frank Solomon
Published on February 2, 2018
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