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James Burton FarmerJames Burton "Burt" Farmer, 81, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, December 31, 2018 at Skyland Care Center in Sylva. He was the husband of the late Mildred Carter Farmer and the son of the late James Bedford and Martha Manilla (Hall) Farmer. Burt served honorably fourteen years in the U.S. Army Special Forces as a Platoon Sergeant in the Airborne Infantry Division. He was especially proud of his service to his country. He served ten years with two airborne divisions; the 11th and the 101st. He also served four years with Special Forces; the 10th in Germany and the 5th in Vietnam. His awards from his time in service were; The Bronze Star, The Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Armed Forces Expedition Medal, Good Conduct Award with three knot clasp, Berlin Occupation Ribbon, Vietnam Service Medal, Senior Parachute Badge, Ranger Tab, Jungle Warfare Tab, and Path Finder Torch Tab. Burt loved hunting, fishing, reloading, playing music, and wood working. He dearly loved his family. In addition to his wife, Mildred and his parents, he was preceded in death by eight brothers and four sisters. Survived by one daughter; Charlene (Jamie) Clark; one sister, Anna Ruth Ashe; two brothers, Joe Farmer and William Patrick (Shirley) Farmer. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Services will be held on Friday, January 4, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel of Appalachian Funeral Services with the Rev. Johnny Davis and Rev. Pat Farmer officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 12:00 until 2:00 p.m. prior to the service. .
Blessings to you Charlene. I always felt so blessed to know your mother and father. I know how proud they were of you. Burt was an impressive man who was humble and stood for strength, integrity and family. We used to laugh together as he took his time to tell me his Panama jungle experiences and other stories. What a wise and brave man. I have not found a person or team to keep a building and floors as clean as your father (and mother). His attention to detail and pride in his work helped keep areas and our community free of disease. The floors in the health department lasted so much longer and were so meticulously cleaned due to his amazing work. He was a friend to all and a silent guardian. I always felt safer knowing he was around. Your mother initiated the healing process for our patients during the day, welcoming them with her care and compassion. By night she helped ensure their health by cleaning our clinic. To watch the 2 of them as a team was a lesson in love that I try to apply to my marriage of 20+ years. They were a blessing and a role model for us all. Thank you and God Bless! Chris Mertes and Family
Chris Mertes Jan 11 2019 12:00 AM
So sorry to hear about your father, may God bless you and your family
Angie Bryson Gasaway Jan 5 2019 12:00 AM
Charlene, I didnt know your dad personally, but through you I felt I knew him. You have such fond memories of him and his antics! Dont ever forget his love and his moments that made you laugh. My heart goes out to you and your family. I know what its lok watching your loved one fade into the light. You have always been there when I needed a friend and I will always be here for you. May God give you comfort in the days ahead. Love you.
Jennifer Sherrod Jan 4 2019 12:00 AM
Our thoughts and prayers are with you other family members...so many fond memories of Burt and Mildred growing up. Dad has talked alot about him lately. Thank you for your Service Burt... Rest high on that Mtn... Love, Settlemyre Family
Traci Settlemyre Dellinger Jan 3 2019 12:00 AM
Last time I saw Burt was when my dad and I visited him at his house and he sang and played music for us. A wonderful time I will cherish! Thoughts and prayers to family and loved ones......
Jennie Revis Kendrick Jan 3 2019 12:00 AM
Last time I saw Burt, he was playing music in his living room and I paid him a surprise visit. Will miss you very much Burt. You were special to me.
Billy Farmer Jan 3 2019 12:00 AM
My heart burns for you. Im so sorry for your loss. If this can be comforting to you, just know that he is no longer suffering (Ecclesiastes 9:5) and now he, as well as others who have died, awaits the wonderful resurrection that Jehovah God has promised (Acts 24:15). I hope this message brings you comfort.
Lewis Jan 2 2019 12:00 AM
Charlene, I am so sorry for your loss. Praying God wraps his arms around you during this time and in the weeks and months ahead.
Retha Phillips Jan 1 2019 12:00 AM
Charlene, so sorry to hear about your dad. Love and prayers, Beth Stillwell Reeves
Beth Stillwell Reeves Dec 31 2018 12:00 AM
Debbie Baxter Dec 31 2018 12:00 AM