Fallen Hero: COL(Ret) Joe Patterson (Pat) Farris


Funeral Home

Lakewood Funeral Home

6011 Clinton Blvd Jackson, MS
(601) 922-2123


Thursday, Aug. 18, 2022,
10AM-12PM, Lakewood Funeral Home


Thursday, Aug. 18, 2022,
12PM, Lakewood Funeral Home


Honoring a Fallen Hero, Who Served Within the Mississippi National Guard

In recognition of our proud American tradition of honorable service which our military men and women have given to their country and our State, we honor a Fallen Hero. Our nation, our state, and the National Guard Association of MS (NGAMS) regard the memorializing of its retired military deceased as an honorable and sacred obligation.

Another great Soldier and Fallen Hero has been released from duty, passed from our ranks on August 14, 2022, and moved on to his heavenly home. COL(Ret) Joe Pat Farris, age 81, a retired member of the MS Army National Guard who had served within the HHB 631st Field Artillery Group, MSARNG Military Academy, and HQ STARC has departed and gone to a better place with our good Lord.

It takes a special person to serve within the military for their country, giving up their family time, comfort, and safety for their country, ultimately for all Americans to enjoy their freedoms, safety, and way of life. We now applaud you for your service to our country. A special message from General Douglas McArthur remains applicable today for our servicemen that have passed: “Old Soldiers never die; they just fade away”.

Rest in Peace Soldier. We applaud your patriotism and brave efforts in serving our country and your family for their support of your service. We thank you for your service. Without your efforts and your families’ support, our country would not stand so boldly, shine so bright and live so free.

You now have earned a rest, so go fly with the Angels, go rest high on that mountain; your work on earth is done. Go to heaven a-shoutin’ Love for the Father and the Son.

Obituary, visitation, and service details:

Joe Patterson Farris, 81, passed away peacefully on August 14, 2022, in Baptist Hospital. He was born in Memphis, TN on June 26, 1941, the oldest of four children.
Upon graduation from Provine High School in 1959, Joe earned an Accounting degree from Mississippi College and an MBA from Jackson State University. He worked over 30 years for the Mississippi Department of Transportation in various accounting roles, including Chief Financial Officer, culminating his career as Administrative Head.

Colonel Farris proudly served his country for 38 years in the Mississippi Army National Guard. Enlisting in 1960, he attained the rank of First Sergeant, then completed Officer Candidate School in 1970, where he received the Most Outstanding Academic Award. Colonel Farris specialized in Field Artillery, serving as Commander of the 4th Battalion 114th Field Artillery, and Commander of the 631st Field Artillery Brigade. He was inducted into the Ancient Order of Saint Barbara, received the Mississippi Magnolia Cross for meritorious service, as well as many other awards and decorations. His fellow guardsmen remarked on his keen intellect, humble service and willingness to mentor others. Colonel Farris will be remembered as a true patriot and a great American.

Joe’s retirement years were spent with his beloved wife Patricia. Together, they made many fond memories at their favorite vacation spot, Key West. His children and grandchildren could always count on Grandpa to attend birthday parties, recitals and ballgames.

Behind a quiet demeanor, Joe possessed a sharp wit. He had an extensive music collection, particularly classic rock and blues. He enjoyed weekly golf games, and watching the Atlanta Braves.

Colonel Farris is preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Jean Farris, his brother James Richard Farris and his loving wife of 22 years, Patricia Farris.

He is survived by daughter Cindy Crochet of Houston TX and her children Chelsea and Parker, daughter Missy (Jamey) Nettles of Madison AL and their children Kate, Joshua, Jack and Abby, son Thad (Anne Cassell) Watkins of Hoover AL and their children Thad Jr (Hallye) and Allen, and son Everett Watkins of Key West FL, sisters Susie Pettit of Brandon MS, and Jeanie McCrory of Andalusia AL, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He is also mourned by Sarah Merry, his first wife and mother of Cindy and Missy, and by his special companion Susan Loyd.

The funeral will be held Thursday, August 18, 2022, at Lakewood Funeral Home, 6011 Clinton Boulevard, Jackson, MS 39209. Visitation will be from 10:00 to 12:00. Following will be funeral services in the chapel and military honors at Lakewood Memorial Park.