SIKESTON - Walter Lee Farmer, 72, died at 3:15 p.m. Nov. 24, 2004, at his rural home.
Born Oct. 23, 1932, at Newton County, Ark., to the late Simon and Tilda Smith Farmer, he was a sanitation worker for Bunny Bread Co., retiring after 27 years, and he worked at Leonard's Shell Station for 17-and-a-half years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
On Nov. 12, 1954, at Benton, he married Violet Abernathy, who survives of the home.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons and two daughters-in-law, Jimmy Ray and Mary Lou Farmer and Roy Lee and Lena Farmer of Sikeston and David Wayne Farmer of Bertrand; two daughters and a son-in-law, Elizabeth Jane and Danny Davis of Benton and BeLinda Sue Mays of Sikeston; one brother, William Farmer of Mineral Wells, Texas; one sister, Geneva Freeman of Sikeston; and 13 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, one sister and a granddaughter.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Blanchard Funeral Chapel where funeral services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Saturday. The Rev. Randy Eskew, Bell City Pentecostal Church pastor, will officiate, assisted by the Rev. Dennis Lowe, pastor of the Unity Baptist Church of Benton.
Burial will be in the Garden of Memories Cemetery at Sikeston with full military rites conducted by the Missouri Military Honors Program.
Pallbearers will be DeWayne Coleman, Dave Fuller, Bob Joe Montgomery, Jeff Montgomery, Jaret Farmer and Ronnie Sherrad.