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NameRev. William Alton Farmer
Birth15 Sep 1905, Weakley County, Tennessee6,130,131,2,1
Death6 Aug 2000, Paris, Henry County, Tennessee6,11
Burial9 Aug 2000, Olive Branch Cemetery, Cottage Grove, Henry County, Tennessee11
OccupationMinister, Southern Baptist Convention
EducationHall Moody Junior College, Martin, Tennessee, Union University, Jackson, Tennessee132
ReligionSouthern Baptist
FatherOscar Lee Farmer (1872-1925)
MotherBeulah Maggie Richee (1885-1969)
Spouses
Birth6 May 1909, Ore Springs, Weakley County, Tennessee133,130,131,134
Death30 Dec 1991, Como, Henry County, Tennessee11
Burial1 Jan 1992, Olive Branch Cemetery, Cottage Grove, Henry County, Tennessee11
OccupationHousewife
Education12th
ReligionSouthern Baptist
FatherCoatney Franklin Powers (1890-1969)
Marriage26 Sep 1926, Weakley County, Tennessee132,41
ChildrenRamona Bernice (1930-2009)
 Donald Lee (1935-2012)
Notes for Rev. William Alton Farmer
William Alton Farmer, a Southern Baptist minister, was baptized at Ralston Baptist Church and later was ordained there. He was educated at Hall Moody College, which was closed in 1927. Hall Moody is now the site of the University of Tennessee Martin. He completed his education at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee.

He was called to his first pastorate at Hodges Chapel in 1931. He was pastor of New Hope Baptist Church from 1934 to 1939 and Puryear Baptist Church 1956 to 1965, both in Henry County Tennessee. Some of the other Baptist churches he served as pastor include Woodland Mills, Whiteville, Bradford and Elm Grove near Murray, Kentucky. During his years as a pastor, he served 13 churches, ordained four preachers, held revivals in seven states and preached in eleven states. The churches he pastored were in six associations, and he served as moderator in five.

He was instrumental in the building of two new church buildings, Woodland Mills and Puryear Baptist Churches.

He served seven years on the executive board of the Tennessee Baptist Convention, and three years on committees. He also was one of the founders of Belmont College in Nashville.

During retirement, he served 18 interim pastorates. In 1979-1980 he was honored in "Personalities of the South" and presented an award for his achievements.
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PARIS - William Alton Farmer: Newspaper Obituary and Death Notice
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN) - August 8, 2000
Deceased Name: PARIS - William Alton Farmer
PARIS - William Alton Farmer, 94, minister, died of heart failure Sunday at his home. Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Thompson Creek Baptist Church in Como with burial in Olive Branch Cemetery in Cottage Grove. Ridgeway Funeral Home has charge. Mr. Farmer, the widower of Edna Powers Farmer, leaves a daughter, Ramona Huttenstine of Como; a son, Donald Farmer of Fort Worth, Texas, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
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Social Security Death Index
Name: William A. Farmer
SSN:
Last Residence: 38223  Como, Henry, Tennessee, United States of America
Born: 15 Sep 1905
Died: 6 Aug 2000
State (Year) SSN issued: Tennessee (Before 1951)
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Censuses

1930 Census
1930 Census, Tennessee, Weakley County, Civil District 6, Enumeration District 10, Sheet 4B, Household 90
Coatney F Powers 39 Head M W TN TN TN
Mary M Powers 38 Wife F W TN TN TN
Virgie V Powers 19 Dau F W TN TN TN
Ronalda Powers 16 Dau F W TN TN TN
Gladys E Powers 13 Dau F W TN TN TN
Evelyn T Powers 10 Dau F W TN TN TN
Charles W Powers 6 Son M W TN TN TN
William A Farmer 24 Son-Law M W TN TN TN
Bera E Farmer 20 Dau F W TN TN TN
Romona B Farmer 9/12 Grnd dau F W TN TN TN
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1920 Census
3 Feb 1920 Census, Weakley County Tennessee, District 7, Enumeration District 139, Sheet 20A

408 442 Farmer, Oscar Lee Head M W 47 M TN TN TN farmer farm owned free of mortgage
408 442 Farmer, Bulah Wife F W 34 M TN TN TN
408 442 Farmer, Alton Son M W 14 S TN TN TN
408 442 Farmer, Basil Son M W 11 S TN TN TN
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1910 Census
28 Apr 1910 Census, Weakley County Tennessee, District 7, Enumeration District 142, Sheet 4B, Household 68

68 68 Farmer, Oscar Lee Head M W 36 M 5 2 2 TN TN TN farmer
68 68 Farmer, Bulah Wife F W 23 M 5 2 2 TN TN TN
68 68 Farmer, Alton Son M W 4 S TN TN TN
68 68 Farmer, Basil Son M W 2 S TN TN TN
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