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Joseph (Joe) French Farley, Jr.

August 27, 1939 ~ May 9, 2018 (age 78)

Joseph (Joe) French Farley, Jr., 78, of Seth, W.Va. passed away peacefully at home and went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, May 9, 2018. He was born in Charleston on August 27, 1939 to the late Virginia Banks Farley and Joseph French Farley, Sr.  Joe graduated from Sherman High School where he was an avid basketball and baseball player.  He received a bachelor’s degree in education from Morris Harvey in 1967, and was certified in math, social studies and English.  He taught mathematics at high schools in Coalwood, Pratt and Seth, W.Va. Joe enjoyed traveling to places like Alaska, Canada and Florida. He had a kind and generous heart, and never met a stranger.  If you were blessed to know Joe, you knew you had a friend.  He would give you the shirt off his back, and often did.  He had a unique combination of kindness, wit and intelligence.  It came through in every conversation.  He didn't simply know something about everything.  He knew a great deal. He was a thinker, researcher, analyst, problem-solver and educator. He loved teaching, reading the Bible, collecting treasures, NASCAR racing, golf and tennis.  He was recognized as a national table tennis champion and national chess champion. Joe is survived by his sister Patricia Farley Clendenen of Elkview; three nieces Tricia Kingery and husband Alex of Charleston, Jennifer Williams of Florida, Johnna Stickler and husband Michael of Florida; great nieces Mackenzie, Lilly, Kailey and Alexandra; great nephews Noah, Christian and Silas.  He is also survived by many cousins and friends. Joe is preceded in death by maternal grandparents BD and Violet Banks, and paternal grandparents Victor and Laura Farley.  He was greeted by our heavenly Father surrounded by family and friends.  There's no doubt his brother-in-law John Clendenen welcomed him with a smile that lit up the sky and a hug that felt like home.  John loved Joe like a brother.  He was also loved by his extended Clendenen family and friends including Indra Clendenen, Jeannie Clendenen Lanyi and Kathy Harrah.  Arrangements are being made by Armstrong Funeral Home in Whitesville.  Visitation will take place in the Mausoleum at Pineview Cemetery in Orgas at 12:00 p.m. and the funeral at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 16, 2018. The service will be officiated by Reverend Daniel Light, and he and his wife Jenny will sing. 

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