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James Wilson Farmer, Sr.

James Wilson Farmer, Sr.
  • October 29, 1925 - September 9, 2018
  • Bowling Green, Virginia
  • Salem Baptist Church
    24032 Sparta Road
    Milford, VA 22514
  • Milford Presbyterian Church
    P.O. Box 96
    Milford, VA 22514

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“Jimmy, sorry for your loss. Growing up I learned about baseball and automobiles from your dad. It was a pleasure knowing both Big Jimmy and Rose. ...Read More »
1 of 5 | Posted by: Bob Doswell

“I have such great memories of Mr. Farmer as a child. I will always remember seeing him at Texico and thinking it was so cool that the bathroom had a...Read More »
2 of 5 | Posted by: Toby Blatt - Mechanicsville, VA

“Jimmy was an icon in Bowling Green. He made a positive difference in Bowling Green, in the U. S. Navy and in the hearts of so many people, including...Read More »
3 of 5 | Posted by: Lynn Jordan - Rodanthe, NC

“Dear Little Jimmy, Donna, Ali, Troy, Gracie & extended family. I so enjoyed visiting Cousin Rose & Big Jimmy & getting to meet you over the years. ...Read More »
4 of 5 | Posted by: David Wright - Petersburg, VA

“One of my favorite memories of Uncle Jimmy was one time when I stopped by his house and we sat out in the swing and he told me stories about his time...Read More »
5 of 5 | Posted by: Linda Haney - Springfield, VA


James Wilson Farmer, Sr. 92, passed away peacefully with his family by his side at the Bowling Green Health and Rehabilitation Center on September 9, 2018.

Jimmy was born on October 29, 1925 to Marshall Wilson Farmer and Myrtle Virginia Lowery Farmer in Milford VA. Jimmy was a proud U. S. Navy veteran, serving in World War II. He received many medals and citations for his service in the Navy, but his proudest medal was when he was honored as a Chevalier (Knight) of the Legion of Honor (the highest French military distinction) at the French Embassy in Washington DC. He operated Jimmy's Texaco for 34 years, was a long time member of the Bowling Green Vol. Fire Department and Bowling Green Vol. Rescue Squad and a member of Woodmen of the World. Jimmy was a member of the Milford Hunt Club, where he enjoyed spending times with his friends. He was a member of Milford Presbyterian Church from a small child until in his 70's, but then joined Salem Baptist Church in his later years. When he could no longer drive to Salem Baptist, he would visit Milford Presbyterian.

His wife, Rose Hicks Farmer and his son, Alan Grey Farmer, preceded Jimmy in death. Survivors include his son, James W. Farmer, Jr. and his wife Donna; grandchildren, Ali Metzger, Jamie Burton, Ken Stewart and Tyler Newton; his great grandchildren, whom he adored, Troy, Gracie, Kaylie, Madison, Josie, Carter, Cayden, Tyler, Jenna, Julia, and Trevor Newton and special friends, Hank Lynd, Tom Garber, Jeff Sili and Gary Watts.

A funeral service will be held Wednesday, September 12th at 2:00 pm in the Bowling Green chapel of Storke Funeral Home. Burial, with Navy honors, will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home, one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Salem Baptist Church 24032 Sparta Rd. Milford VA 22514 or Milford Presbyterian Church P. O. Box 96 Milford VA 22514. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.storkefuneralhome.com.