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1932 James 2023

James Otis Farmer

November 13, 1932 — October 23, 2023



It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of James Otis Farmer, who departed from this world on October 23, 2023.

Born on November 13, 1932, in Owensboro, Kentucky, Jim embarked on a remarkable journey that spanned nearly nine decades. On November 12, 1951, he joined hands in matrimony with his beloved wife, Anna Spratt Farmer, and together they shared 52 years of marriage until her passing on December 16, 2003.

Jim dedicated 47 years of his life to Modern Welding, where he rose through the ranks to become a respected foreman. Not only was he a skilled craftsman but also a dedicated mentor. Over the years, he imparted the gift of literacy to numerous coworkers.

His welding torch crafted a multitude of creations, from swing set frames to handrails, vanities, shelves, and unique signs.

A member of Third Street Baptist Church, Jim had also been associated with Seven Hills Baptist Church and Hall Street Baptist Church. His faith remained a steadfast anchor throughout his life.

Jim was preceded in death by his children, Mike Farmer (February 24, 2001) and Terri Bowman (December 8, 2010), as well as his parents, Otis and Goldie Milam Farmer. He is now reunited with his siblings, William Farmer, Gertrude Matlock, Betty Rutherford, and Helen Soukenik, along with his stepbrother, Hubert Farmer, and half-brother, Laymon Milam.

He leaves behind a cherished legacy in the hearts of those who survive him. His granddaughter, Christi Bowman, and great-granddaughter, Skyler Stewart (Andy Shively). Skyler and Andy were devoted caregivers during his final years. His son-in-law, Fill Estes, and special nieces, Brenda Farmer Lauffer and Patty Farmer Smith. His daily caregiver, Jennah Mayfield, was a source of comfort and support to the entire family.

In addition to his professional accomplishments, Jim was an avid race car driver for 35 years, from 1952 to 1987, participating in events at Windy Hollow Speedway, Kentucky Motor Speedway, and Beech Bend Raceway Park. He was a devoted fan of NASCAR and basketball, having also played the sport during his school years. His love for WWE Wrestling and Westerns provided countless hours of entertainment and joy.

Above all, Jim’s heart swelled with pride and joy from the moment his great-granddaughter, Skyler, came into this world. She became the reason for his zest for life, and he reveled in the pride of being her great-grandfather.

Jim’s legacy is one of love, resilience, and a passion for family. His memory will forever remain etched in our hearts, a testament to a life well lived.

A celebration of James Otis Farmer’s life will take place on Sunday, October 29, 2023, with visitation from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Haley McGinnis Funeral Home. A private burial service for the family will be on Monday, October 30, 2023, at Rosehill-Elmwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Owensboro Public Schools the Foundation for Excellence.

May he rest in eternal peace, reunited with his loved ones.

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory is both honored and privileged to be entrusted with the care of James Otis Farmer. Leave your messages of condolence for the family of Mr. Farmer and sign his virtual guestbook at

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Monday, October 30, 2023

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Central time)

Rosehill-Elmwood Cemetery & Mausoleum

1300 Old Hartford Rd, Owensboro, KY 42303

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