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Obituary for Clayton William Farris

Clayton Farris, 71, of Louisville, KY, passed peacefully to his Heavenly Father on Friday, July 28th surrounded by his loving family.

Born on April 16th, 1952, in Lexington, KY to Harry and Loretta Farris, he was raised in the small town of Buckland, Ohio and graduated from Wapakoneta High School. He came to Louisville to attend United Electronics Institute, but then decided to transfer to the “school of hard knocks.”

Blessed with a hard work ethic, a can-do attitude and his knack for business sense, he started out in grocery management and made a drastic midlife career move to loan officer with Stock Yards Bank & Trust. To no one’s surprise, he retired as a Senior VP of the Mortgage Division. During his 21-year career, he received many accolades and awards for his production, however, his true joy was serving his clients with integrity and always looking out for their best interest. He was such a force to be reckoned with that his self-proclaimed nickname, “The Legendary Clayton Farris,” was widely adopted and never questioned.

More important than career achievements, Clayton was a devoted husband, a fun-loving Dad, a dependable brother, a loyal friend, and a really cool “Pa.” At the encouragement of dear friends, he and Donna joined Beargrass Christian Church together. The church served as the perfect outlet for Clayton to serve others and often he could be found leading his Fellowship Sunday School class, tackling special projects, driving the church bus, and participating in many outreach and mission trips. He was a champion for the church’s Prison Reentry program. He was on the board of St. Mathews Area Ministries and was dedicated to furthering their goals. He ultimately became an elder in the church and, as he said to many, he firmly believed “every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.”

He always made time for his wife and daughters; his family was his #1 priority. He led his daughters’ Indian Princess groups and rarely missed a game or recital. He lived by a “work hard, play hard” motto. An adventure-seeker and nature-lover, he took his family on countless boating days at Lake Cumberland and traveled to many fun destinations with longtime friends. A day spent on the water or at the helm of a Boston Whaler, was a day well spent. Later in life, he took his daughters and their families on a yearly vacation which would become their favorite week of each year. We will always remember your great sense of humor, your adventurous spirit and the way you loved us.

He is survived by his devoted wife of 47 years, Donna; daughters, Andrea (Marty III) and Rachel (Keith); grandchildren, Jacob, Luke, Drew, Eleanor, and Marty IV; and brother, Robin Farris. He was preceded in death by his parents.

The visitation will be held Sunday, August 6th, from 3:00 – 8:00pm at Highlands Funeral Home, 3331 Taylorsville Rd. His memorial service will be on Monday, August 7th at 4:00pm at Beargrass Christian Church.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Beargrass Christian Church or the Hope for Tomorrow Children’s Home in Guatemala City