Donald Edward Farris

Donald Edward Farris, 85, passed away on Monday in Lewisville, Texas. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, October 12, 2012 at Callaway-Jones Funeral Home in Bryan.
Don was born in Alma, Arkansas to William and Viola Farris and grew up on a farm. He enlisted in the United States Navy and served in the Pacific on a submarine tender. He served again during the Korean Conflict. He graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1949 and later earned a PhD in Agricultural Economics at North Carolina State University. He joined the faculty at Texas A&M University in 1963 and worked more than thirty years at TAMU, retiring as Professor Emeritus.
Don was formerly a member of the A&M Church of Christ, and he served the Bryan chapter of Kiwanis International for over 40 years.
Don had a wonderful life. He traveled the world conducting research and his travels took him from Argentina to Tanzania to Japan and almost everywhere in between. He enjoyed working with his students and always served as a colleague and mentor to them. Don was a devoted husband and father, a terrific grandfather, and a faithful servant of the Lord.
He was preceded in death by his wife of fifty-five years, Billye Wilhelm Farris. He is survived by his daughter, Nancy Blake and husband, Larry, of Coppell; son, Glenn Farris of Bryan; and two grandchildren. He is also survived by a brother, William Farris, of West Lafayette, Indiana; and a sister, Hilda Knight, of Alma, Arkansas.


  1. Nancy, may your loving memories of your Father help you through this tough time and stay with you always. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. Nancy, Glenn & Family,

    My deepest condolences to each of you in losing Dr. Farris. I met him shortly after being discharged from the service 41 yrs ago when he provided me a job in the Ag Eco department which enabled me to support my young family and in essence complete my curriculum. I have always been thankful for Dr. Farris being a part of my life back then and for the kindness and caring he gave to me. I plan on attending the service Friday honoring this great man.

    “God Bless” all of you in this time of grief. Regards, Randall Lewis

  3. My sincerest condolences goes out to the Farris families. I worked for Dr. Farris as a secretary from 1989 to 1992. I was only 18 went I started and had a lot to learn. He was very easy to work for and was always kind. About three years after I worked for him, I attended a wedding of one of his graduate students. Mrs. Farris was there. I had met her when I attended secretarial school. She was one of the teachers and was also a wonderful person. I didn’t know they were married to each other until I attended the wedding. I always cherish and appreciate those two wonderful people for contributing to my first start in life. Blessings.

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