Mr. Donald Ray Farmer, Sr., age 88, of Boone, passed away Sunday, February 4, 2018 at his home.

Born April 23, 1929 in Ashe County, he was a son of the late William and Ettie Campbell Farmer. Ray was retired from ASU where he worked as a painter and drywall finisher. He was a member of Willowdale Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Fay Puett Farmer, two daughters, Donna Tester and husband John of Boone, and Debbie Yates and husband Jerry of Vilas, one son, Donald Ray Donnie Farmer, Jr., and wife Barbara of Raleigh, seven grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by four sisters and eight brothers.
Funeral services for Ray Farmer will be conducted Saturday afternoon at 2 PM at Willowdale Baptist Church. Officiating will be Rev. Eugene Braswell, Rev. Delmar James and Butch Reese. Burial will follow in the Adams Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Friday evening from 6 Pm until 7:30 at Austin & Barnes Funeral Home. Flowers are accepted or memorials may be made to Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood Street, NW, Lenoir, NC 28645 or to the Adams Cemetery Fund, 3549 Old US Hwy 421 South, Boone, NC 28607.
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Austin & Barnes Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Farmer family.

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