Memorial Service: Monday, February 20, 2017 11:00 AM
S. E. Thomas Funeral and Cremation Services
110 Highland Avenue
Thomasville, NC 27360
Richard Alvis Farrington, son of the late Ezekiel Farrington and Clara Lee Farrington was born on January 28, 1939 in Chatham County, North Carolina and departed this life on Monday, February 13, 2017 at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
At an early age, he attended Mitchell Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church in Pittsboro, North Carolina. He received his education in Chatham County School system. In 1957 at the age of 18, Richard joined the United States Army as a Private First Class. He was originally stationed at Fort Jackson in South Carolina, however he spent most of his military service in Germany. He was honorably discharged in October 1959. Upon his discharge, he worked at NC Cafeteria. Later in life, he worked at the Gamma Nu Chapter of Lambda Chi Fraternity at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and worked there until his health declined in 2014.
Richard fondly known as “Slick” loved all people and really enjoyed having fun. He loved to dance and spending time with his friends, reminiscing old times, discussing sports and predicting the weather. Through his giving and caring ways he made many friends who loved him. Even through his illness, many drew strength through his uplifting spirit. Richard’s love for the Lord never wavered, through it all. His biggest passion in life was God, family, and friends.
Richard was one of twelve children. He was preceded in death by his parents and three siblings, Milton Lee Farrington, William Billy Farrington and Flora Farrington Marsh.
He leaves to cherish his memories are his beloved siblings, Savannah Farrington of Pittsboro, NC; Sue Farrington of Chapel Hill, NC; Carol Painter (Jim) of Durham, NC; Lillie Baldwin (Fred) of Chapel Hill, NC; Helen Walcott of Chapel Hill, NC; Ezekiel Farrington, Jr. (Inez) of Chapel Hill, NC; Edward Farrington of Chapel Hill, NC; Annette Gunter (Robert) of Moncure, NC; a special friend Sonja Brooks Hall, her daughter Mo-Neka Brooks and her four children, Deshunti Brooks, Kiara Brooks, Gayle James, and Amir James; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free, I'm following the path God has chosen for me.
I took His hand when I heard him call; I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day, To laugh, to love, to work or play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way; I've now found peace at the end of day.
If my parting has left a void, Then fill it with remembered joys.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss; Oh yes, these things, I too will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow, Look for the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life's been full, I savored much; Good friends, good times, a loved ones touch.
Perhaps my time seems all to brief; Don't lengthen your pain with undue grief.
Lift up your heart and peace to thee, God wanted me now-He set me free