West Hill Cemetery
Marion Yates Farrell Sr.
The Herald Democrat
February 12, 2010
SHERMAN - Funeral services for Marion Yates Farrell, Sr.
will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13 at Waldo Funeral Home. Olden Cook
of the Collinsville Church of Christ will officiate. Burial with military
honors will be at West Hill Cemetery with Gary Fallis, Derek Irvin, Trey
Farrell, Gary Grady, Jamy Reimer, and Geddy Grady serving as pallbearers.
Mr. Farrell, 84, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010 at Wilson N. Jones
Marion Yates Farrell, Sr. was born on March 20, 1925 in Newport,
Miss. to the late Ellie and Elvira (Neaves) Farrell. After graduating high
school, he attended Mississippi State and Duke University where he studied
During World War II, Marion served in the U.S. Army as a tank commander.
For his valiant effort of single handedly destroying a German gun emplacement,
Marion was awarded the Silver Star. He also received the Purple Heart with
two oak leaf clusters for injuries received in battle.
On July 2, 1950 Marion and Earlene Clifton were married in Kosciusko,
Miss. In 1963 they moved to Sherman, with Marion taking a job as manager
of the C.W. Stafford Construction Company. In 1977 he opened Farrell Construction
Company and worked as the owner/operator until 2008, when he retired to
care for Earlene. Mr. Farrell was a member of the Western Heights Church
of Christ, the NRA, and was an active member of the Republican Party. An
educated and avid reader, Marion enjoyed books on history, engineering,
Mr. Farrell is survived by his wife of 59 years, Earlene of Sherman;
one son, Marion Farrell, Jr. and wife Vickie of Sherman; four daughters,
Lisa Farrell of Sherman, Donna Fallis and husband Gary of Tom Bean, Kathy
Hightower and husband Steven of Sherman, and Wendy Grady and husband Gary
of Sherman; 15 grandchildren, Trey Farrell, Danielle Farrell, David Umsted,
Tracy Vannoy, Shelby Garner, Misty Irvin, Jamy Reimer, Miranda Curtman,
Corey Rice, Tristan Roe, Michael Wilson, Wendy Smith, Becky Fallis, Geddy
Grady, and Devon Jennings ; 19 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Carolyn
Floyd of Sallis, Miss. and Christine Turman and husband Raymond of Port
Arthur; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.
The family will receive friends from 5 -7 p.m. Friday at Waldo Funeral
Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Marion's favorite charity,
the Foster's Home for Children at 1779 N. Graham, Stephenville, TX 76401.
to the West Hill Cemetery