Obituaries for Feb. 25, 2010

John Carl Comer
A graveside service for Mr. Comer will be 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26 at Coleman Cemetery with Bud Mitchell officiating. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at Jennings & Ayers Funeral Home in Murfreesboro.
Mr. Comer, 84, of Murfreesboro, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010 at his residence. He was a native of Wilson County and lived most of his life in Rutherford County. He retired from the Alvin C. York VA Medical Center as an Occupational Therapist Aid and was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps during World War II. He was also a member of Heborn Church of Christ.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charley Duget and Willie May Rollins Comer; brother, Sam Comer; and sister, Katherine Comer Perdue.
Survivors include: wife, Lola Dorothy Comer of Murfreesboro; son, Charles William (Faye) Comer of Dandridge, Tenn.; daughter, Carolyn Elaine (O.T.) Comer Haynes of Lebanon; brothers, Paul (Shirley) Comer of Lascassas and James Ray (Jackie) Comer of Murfreesboro; sisters, Dot Comer Daugherty of Delaware, Gussie Comer Swain of Murfreesboro and Sarah Jane Comer Chaussee of Murfreesboro;  grandchildren, Jimmy (Belinda) Haynes, Linda Haynes Hart, Matt (Amy) Comer, Andy Comer and Adam Smith; and great-grandchildren, Hunter, Will, Cheyenne and Joshua.
Pallbearers will be grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Dr. Henry Cheairs Farrar Jr.
A memorial and celebration of Dr. Farrar’s life will be 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27 at College Hills Church of Christ. Visitation will be Friday from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday from noon until the service at the church. A second memorial and celebration will be held on Monday, March 1 in the Heritage Auditorium of Harding University in Searcy, Ark.
Dr. Farrar, MD, FACS, 83, of Lebanon, passed away Monday, Feb. 22, 2010 at St. Thomas Hospital. He served others in the U.S., Nigeria, Cameroon, Tanzania, and China. A Christian for 72 years, he began preaching at age 17 and established churches in the U.S. and Nigeria. He spread the gospel for over 47 years in Africa.  “Dr. Henry” practiced medicine for 56 years and was a Board certified surgeon for 46 years.
Born in Nashville, he was baptized in the Park Circle church, now West End church of Christ. He studied biology and Bible at Harding College in Searcy, then graduated from U.T. Knoxville (BA 1948; MS 1949). He received his doctor of medicine from U.T. College of Medicine in Memphis (1954).
Honors include membership in Phi Kappa Phi at U.T. (1948); Verstandig Award from U.T. College of Medicine (1954); Honorary doctorate (LLD, Harding Univ. 1973); Distinguished Alumnus (Harding Univ. 1975); Distinguished Christian Services awards (Harding Univ. 1995; Pepperdine Univ. 1995); Nigerian chieftaincy (2004); Meritorious Service Award (Tenn. Hospital Assoc. 2004); U.S. President’s Call to Service Award (2006); U.T. Memphis Outstanding Alumnus award (2009). He is listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World.
His service includes establishing the Nigerian Christian Hospital (NCH) and serving as an elder of College church of Christ in Searcy, then of College Hills church of Christ. He was a Trustee of African Christian Hospitals Foundation (since 1967), Harding University (since 1993) and Healing Hands International (since 1998). He was a medical missionary in Nigeria, Cameroon, Tanzania and Honduras, and spent working vacations performing and teaching surgery at NCH.  He taught at the largest medical university in China for one year.
He was preceded in death by parents, Henry Cheairs Farrar Sr. and Nina Ellen Mills; brother, George Bennett Farrar; half-brother, James Denton Smith.
Survivors include: wife of 60 years, Grace J. Farrar; children, Paul (Dr. Gail) Farrar of Pass Christian, Miss., Dr. Martha “Marty” (Dr. Ronald) Highfield of Agoura Hills, Calif., Dr. David (Patcharee) Farrar of Evendale, Ohio, Dr. Henry “Hank” Farrar III of Little Rock, Ark., Lee (Lee Ann) Farrar of Nashville and Samantha (Stephen) Hayner of DeSoto, Texas; sister, Lucretia (Gene) Patterson of Austin, Texas; grandchildren, Nathanael (Kaelie) and Matthew Highfield, Caitlin and Elissa Farrar, Rebecca and Emily Farrar and Michael Hayner; and many family, colleagues, and friends.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to African Christian Hospitals, 102 N. Locust, Searcy, Ark. 72143; Pioneer Bible Translators, 521 Buckingham Place, DeSoto, Texas, 75115; Harding Univ. Graduate School of Religion, 1000 Cherry Road, Memphis, Tenn. 38117 or Healing Hands International, 455 McNally Drive, Nashville, Tenn. 37211.
Partlow Funeral Chapel is charge of local arrangements.

Ray King
Services for Mr. King will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27 at Hellum Funeral Home with Pastor John D. Alexander Sr. officiating. Interment will be in Wilson County Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be noon until the service Saturday at the funeral home.
Mr. King, 65, of Watertown, died Monday, Feb. 22, 2010 at Summit Medical Center.
Survivors include: wife, Paulette Grooms-King; children, Alice, Keith and Kenric King, Stephanie Grooms and Nancy (Tim) Dotson; mother, Mary Frances King; grandchildren, Shahana Redd, Dereka Smith PFC, Michael Smith Jr., Keon Dotson, Jerdon Bender, Candice, Ambria, Keidra and Roderic King, Alicia Morgan and Cameron Richardson; great-grandchildren, Sean Phillips, Sariyah Smith, Lacreshia Grooms and Zykeydria and Tiaundria Redd; siblings, Hattie Ruth and Elisha King, Katherine (William) Dirkson, Margaret (Alonzo) Carr, Sue Frazier and Sharon (John) Sanders; aunt, Della Mae (Willie Ben) Stewart; sisters-in-law, Teresa King and Billie Hoover; brothers-in-law, James Reeves, Beverly T. Bell, George E. (Emma), Lillard, Michael R. (Evaunder), Eugene (Laurene) and Chris Grooms; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and classmates from Turner High School.

David William Murphy Sr.
Services for Mr. Murphy will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 27 at Sellars Funeral Home with Bro. Val Johnson officiating. Interment will be in Cedar Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday and one hour prior to the service Saturday at the funeral home. 
Mr. Murphy, 70, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010. He attended Landmark Pentecostal Church, loved antique cars and was an artist.
He was preceded in death by parents, Thomas and Dorothy Law Murphy and niece, Bonnie Palmer.
Survivors include: daughter, Karen (Craig) Rogers of Lebanon; son, David Murphy Jr. of Florida; brother, Donald (Linda) Murphy of Texas; sisters: Patricia (Ron) Sager of Alabama and Susan (Sidney) Dalton of Ohio; grandchildren, Noah Murphy and Elizabeth Rogers; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Ron Sager, Sidney Dalton, Tony and Pablo Gutierrez, Jacob Johnson and Ron Shupp.

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