Ethelbert Farmer “Bert”, 89 of Eggleston passed away peaceful to be with his Lord and Savior at Lewis-Gale Hospital Montgomery Friday morning, March 11, 2011. Born in Eggleston on September 6, 1921 he was a son of the late Charlie Otie and Mary Elizabeth Riggs Farmer. He leaves to cherish his memory his children, Charlie, Jimmy, Roger, and Barbara and their spouses, eight grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren and his sister Annie. He was preceded in death by his loving wife Mary Lucas Farmer and his siblings Clarence, Grace , and Bertha.
In his early years during the Great Depression, her was a member of the Civilian Conservation Corps , known as CCC, which was part of the New Deal of President Franklin D. Roosevelt to provide jobs during the Great Depression and to assist the development of rural areas. He often spoke of stories of working on the roads and bridges.
Later he served in the United States Army in Europe during WW II. Upon his platoon being captured, he served the end of the war in a prison camp. He was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star along with other honors. He was a member of the DAV and the American Legion and always honored his fallen comrades.
After the war, he worked at the Celanese Celco Plant at Narrows to support his family until he retired. He took great pride in having such a large and wonderful family and was greatly interested in the lives of his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. He enjoyed hearing about them and seeing them grow and prepare for the future.
He loved living in the small community of Eggleston where he was raised himself and where he raised his own family. He was faithful in supporting the community and the Eggleston United Methodist Church.
Funeral services will be conducted Monday at two o’clock pm in the Kendall Funeral Home, 605 Snidow St, Pembroke, with burial following in Birchlawn Burial Park in Pearisburg. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Sunday evening from four until seven pm. In lieu of flowers the family suggests that contributions be made in Berts memory to the Eggleston United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be sent by visiting kendallfuneralhome.com.