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Robert W. Farmer, 86, former chairman and member of the Caroline County Board of Supervisors for 20 years, former member of the Bowling Green Town Council for eight years and former justice of the peace and magistrate for 22 years, died Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012.
He retired as a Nationwide insurance agent after 37 years, and was a lifelong resident of Bowling Green.
He was very active and dedicated to the community, with 50 years of service. Throughout his decorated career he served on numerous governor-appointed boards and commissions and organizations. He was the founder of the Bowling Green Volunteer Rescue Squad and served as a charter member. For his long history of public service to Caroline County, Mr. Farmer had the honor of having Robert W. Farmer Park, a mini-recreational park in Bowling Green, named after him. At a celebration of his 50 years of service, he was presented his portrait, which hangs in the Caroline County Administration Building.
Mr. Farmer was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, a charter member of the Caroline County Chamber of Commerce, a 32nd-degree Mason, a past patron of the Order of the Eastern Star, a member of the Scottish Rite and a deacon at Bowling Green Baptist Church.
He leaves to cherish his fondest memory his devoted and loving wife of 65 years, Lois Utley Farmer; his daughter, Susan Toker and her husband, Jeff; special and caring friends, Alice Farmer and Dale Ballew; three sisters, Catherine Durrett, Lillian Parsell and Elva Hayden; a brother, George Farmer; and numerous nephews and nieces.
The family will welcome friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, at Storke Funeral Home, with a Masonic service at 7 p.m.
A celebration of life will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, at Bowling Green Baptist Church, with the Rev. Greg Webber officiating. Entombment will follow in Lakewood Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Bowling Green Baptist Church Building Fund, Box 543, Bowling Green, Va. 22427.
Sign register book online at storkefuneralhome.com.