Fallen Hero: Retired Sergeant First Class William “Billy” R. Farmer


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Mortimer-Southern Funeral Home


10:30 am – 12 pm, Saturday, April 6, 2024Mortimer- Southern Funeral Home, 100 Pine Street, Lexington, MS,


Graveside services at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery 528 Pleasant Ridge Road, Durant, Miss 39063 Saturday, April 6,  2024, 12 clock.


Military Service Tribute, Honors, and Obituary:

Recognizing and Honoring a Fallen Hero, Who Served Within the Mississippi National Guard. “Fallen, Yet Not Forgotten”.

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 April 2, 2024, and has moved on to his heavenly home. Retired Sergeant First Class William “Billy” Farmer, age 73, who had served within the MSARNG in the Btry C, 2nd Battalion, 114th Field Artillery Battalion has departed and gone to a better place with our good Lord.  Billy had served as the Btry C, 2/114 FA AGR Training NCO.

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, sacrifices, 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.

Another great Soldier has gone home, “Fallen, Yet Not Forgotten, Soldier for Life”.

Obituary, Visitation, and Service details:

William R ( Billy) Farmer, 73, of Durant, MS passed away in Jackson, Miss. April 2nd, 2024, There will be graveside services at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery 528 Pleasant Ridge Road, Durant, Miss 39063 Saturday, April 6th, 2024 at 12 clock.

Visitation will be at the Mortimer- Southern Funeral Home, 100 Pine Street, Lexington, MS,

Saturday from 10:30 til 12 Noon and then the graveside service will follow.

Billy was retired after 39 years with the Mississippi National Guard.

He is survived by his Wife Ozell Smith Farmer, his children Monica Mayo of Hopkinsville, Ky,

Jamie Smith of Mt Holmes, Ark, Kristy Farmer of Memphis, Tenn and his step -children Nekesha Merritt of Winona, MS, Brandyn Jones of Hernando, MS, Monica Huntley of Durant, MS, and Margaett Dural of Canton, MS, brother Johnny Farmer of Kosciusko, MS and Jerry Farmer of Lexington, MS and 10 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents Robert and Mary Lou Siddon Farmer.

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