John D. Farmer (Sign Guestbook)

J.D. Farmer, loving husband and father, devoted Christian, passed away at the age of 86 at his home on December 25th, 2017.  He was surrounded by the love of his life Wanda, wife of 66 years and his 5 beloved children (Kay, John, Gail, Susie and Tracey).  J.D. was preceded in death by his parents Nova and John Farmer.

Through God’s grace, he was able to express his love and share his spiritual wisdom while saying good-bye to his 6 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren, assuring his Christian legacy would live on. His passion for life was serving the Lord at The Church at Sterchi Hills and working side by side with his pastor and friend Joel Dew and the many dedicated men of the   church.

A special thanks to Dr. Wahid Hanna and his staff at Hanna Cancer Associates for the excellent care he received and the support of the hospice nurse Anne Knighton.

Family will receive friends Friday, December 29th from 5-7 pm followed by a family directed Memorial Service at The Church at Sterchi Hills, 904 Dry Gap Pike, Knoxville, TN, 37918.  In lieu of flowers please contribute to: The Church at Sterchi Hills Building Fund. You are invited to view and sign the online guestbook below.



23 guestbook entries for “John D. Farmer”:

  1. Alverna Naill says:

    The the family of JD I am so sorry to hear the passing of my cousin JD. we were once really close,but through the years have not been in contact,but I have never forgotten the good times at Aunt Nova and Uncle John’ house. It was fun visiting Park City in those days. JD and I visited Aunt Viola in Fla.and spent a month with her when we were teenagers.God will be with you all in the coming days,and he will heal your hearts and give you comfort that you need to live without him,knowing he is a better place.loving sent to Wanda and Family Alverna and Ed Naill

  2. Joe and Shirley Spignardo says:

    Joe and I are so glad we had a chance to be friends and neighbors with JD and Wanda. They are two of the most loving, caring people we have ever met. JD will be so missed. He was always there when Joe had any problems being the president of our condo asso. He also enjoyed playing golf with Joe. He was a jack of all trades. We will always remember his jokes and laughter. Rest in peace sweet JD and bless Wanda and her family in this time of grief. Joe and Shirley Spignardo

  3. Rebecca McMichael, RN says:

    To Ms Wanda and Family, I will certainly miss seeing you and Mr. Farmer. He was such a joy to care for and exuded the joy of God in his life. I know that he is celebrating in heaven today. Rebecca, RN

  4. Wayne& Kathy Johnson & family says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all, we are so sorry for the loss of your beloved daddy Gail, may God surround you with his love and kindness and give you all comfort in the days and weeks ahead, all our love and prayers in this time of sorrow, your loss is Heavens gain, love you friends.

  5. Tracy (Collins) Hickman says:

    I am so sorry to hear of J.D’s passing. Prayers of comfort for you. I have many sweet memories of!this special family.

  6. Blake Henry says:

    Papaw was an inspiration to us all. He served Christ’s church with a vigor that modeled for the rest his family what service should look like. We were blessed to have this leader, patriarch, and role model for as long as we did. He is the first person that comes to mind when I think of Matthew 25:23. We will miss you here, but look forward to being reunited one day soon for eternity.

  7. Betty Benson Family says:

    JD and Wanda have been a part of our family since the early 50’s. Wanda and our mother, Betty, went to Central High together, and were best friends for over 60 years. Our hearts are with dear Wanda and the rest of the Farmer family during this sad time.

  8. Kay Farmer Valles says:

    As his first born I had him a little longer than my siblings, but there is never an easy time to let go. As a friend of mine, who lost her beloved Mother on Christmas said, “I believe God allows special people to come home on Christmas!” Amen! Till we meet again in the twinkling of an eye! Love you, Daddy 💖

  9. Tracey Lynnette Farmer Cantor says:

    Dear Daddy,
    You were a shinning example to me, on how to be faithful, in all endeavors. I was so blessed to have you as my earthly father for 55 years. I am so glad that you no longer have to be weak but can now ” soar like eagles “.

  10. Linda L. Bohanan says:

    Dear Susie and Gail , I was sadden when I read the news of your precious father’s passing . Daddies are special people , there is nothing like their love and support . As a Christian we look forward to our heavenly home where we will see all we lost on earth . Prayers for your family , Linda Leilani Bohanan

  11. Sherry Lynn Mee Belk says:

    So sorry for your loss.
    Sherry Bell, daughter of Bill and Mickey Mee

  12. Bill Mee says:

    On behalf of your Mee cousins, our thoughts, prayers and hearts are with you. Bill Mee, Jr.

  13. Kathy Caylor Greene says:

    I am so saddened to hear of JD’s passing . He was a wonderful , sweet man and the love he and Wanda shared was a joy to behold. His legacy and love for God will live on through his children , grandchildren and their children . “To be absent from the body Is to be present with the Lord “. Prayers for Wanda and the family in the days ahead .

  14. Joyce Bates says:

    Much love to Wanda and family. I will always remember Jay’s big smile as he welcomed me into the House of the Lord on Sundays. He will be missed by so many. Thank you Wanda for your kind and loving heart. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  15. Barbara Shoemaker says:

    Nwanda I love you, praying for you. If Jesus had a Birthday party, JD was invited. What a Joy to be with Jesus.

  16. Jackie & Bobbie Farmer says:

    Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

  17. Ashley Wolard says:

    Mr. Farmer was such a special man. I looked forward to visiting with him when he came to the Cancer Institute. I only knew him for a short time but he left a special place in my heart. He loved his family and most importantly the Lord with all his heart. Prayers for you Ms. Wanda and all his loved ones.

  18. Patti Mee Antol says:

    I’m sorry for the loss of a treasured cousin and friend to my dad, Bill Mee. I remember kindness and compassion from John and Wanda then. I remember his dad, too, and how he would visit me in the hospital and bring me things. Thanks for those memories. I hope for peace for you all in this time of deep sadness. Patti (Mee) Antol.

  19. Olen & Missy Rutherford says:

    Gail, our hearts go out to and David and your entire family during this most difficult time in your lives.

  20. James Cooper says:

    I am sorry to here about JD’s passing. My prayers go out for
    Wanda & her family. I will miss checking in on JD while working at Beaver Brook Place.

  21. Royce Brooks says:

    To Wanda and family: We have so many wonderful memories of the years we shared worshipping, serving, and fellowshipping together. JD was such a faithful servant and Godly friend. We know that you will miss having him, but rejoice that he is with our Precious Lord and Savior. May God bring comfort, strength and hope to you in the coming days. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Gary and Royce Brooks

  22. Teresa Widing says:

    I was so sad to find Mr. Farmer had passed away. I didn’t know him very well and surely not as long as I would have liked to. When he came through our office he always had a sweet smile and a kind word for everyone. His granddaughter Josie Thompson and the rest of his family will miss him. My prayers and love is sent to her and the rest of the family.

  23. Bill & Cindy Bradley says:

    JD was a good man he would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it.He was a good Christian man and never seen a stranger.
    We loved him and his whole family
    we love you Wanda

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