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A Patriotic American
Guthrie Earl Farrar, age 91, of Kingsport, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, February 28, 2021 at his residence following a period of declining health. Born in Birmingham, AL on March 17, 1929, a son of the late John Guthrie and Montzora Adair Farrar, he had resided in this area since 1954. He graduated from Gadsden High School and from the University of Alabama where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. Earl married Doris Rosamond Deese on June 4, 1950 in Gadson, AL. He was a veteran having served as a Lt. Pilot in the US Navy. He retired from Eastman Kodak in 1989.
Earl was a lifelong member of First Broad Street United Methodist Church and the Greer Memorial Sunday School class. He volunteered with Contact Concern, Girls Inc. and Kingsport Senior Center where he taught tatting.
He will be remembered as a loving and devoted husband, dad, and friend who loved to bicycle, ride his motorcycle, work on cars, and loved his cats. Earl was a member of local bike clubs and most notedly competed in the Paris-Brest-Paris bicycle race after his retirement. In the Navy he was a member of the Hurricane Hunters weather reconnaissance squad. Earl was a passionate American.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Rosamond Farrar, and brother, Donald Farrar.
He is survived by his daughter, Donna F. Grizzle and husband, David of Jonesborough; son, David E. Farrar and wife, Brenda of Plano, TX; sister-in-law, Jean Farrar of Melrose, FL; nieces, Susan Eades and Becky Huffstutler; and numerous cats that he loved.
An inurnment service was held on Friday at the Oak Hill Memorial Park Mausoleum.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Broad Street United Methodist Church, 100 E. Church Circle, Kingsport, TN 37660, or to any local animal shelter in his honor.
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