ODESSA — Jesse Bryan Farris Sr., 74, of Odessa went to join his Lord
on Friday, March 26, 2004. Jesse passed away in Val Verde County, Texas.
He was born on March 3, 1930, in Kenmundy, Ill., to Jesse and Florence
After the death of his father, he moved from Illinois to San Angelo as a
child. He later moved to Rankin and graduated from Rankin High School in
1947. He graduated from Sul Ross University in 1952. He went directly
from college into the Army and was stationed on Okinawa during the
Korean War. On April 24, 1961, he was united in marriage to Martha
Murphy in Rankin. They moved to Odessa in October, 1962, where he was
employed by Dresser Security for 24 years until his retirement in 1986.
After retiring, he managed the family ranching and oil business in
Upton, Sterling and Irion counties.
Jesse was a man of strong Christian faith and a member of Sixth and
Jackson Church of Christ. He was a devoted husband, father and
grandfather and known lovingly by his grandchildren as “Poppy.” He
was an avid sportsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Lois; and son, Kevin;
father, Jesse Farris; mother, Florence McGill; stepfather, A.B. McGill;
and sister, Nancy McGill.
He is survived by Martha Farris, his wife of 43 years; sons, J.B. Farris
Jr. and wife, Mary, of Carrollton, Clay Farris and wife, Roni, of
Midland, Darrel Farris and wife, Brenda, of Odessa; daughter, Donna
Jones and husband, Steve, of Odessa; brother, Emmett McGill, and sister,
Ruth Kaufman, both of Satellite Beach, Fla.; grandchildren, Amy Jones,
Jill Stephen and husband, Alan, Wesley Farris, Melissa Farris and
Mikelle Farris, all of Odessa, Christy and Emily Farris of Carrollton;
great-grandson, Jake Stephen; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 31, at Sixth
and Jackson Church of Christ in Odessa with Roy Smalling officiating.
Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be J.B. Farris Jr., Clay Farris, Darrel Farris, Steve
Jones, Wesley Farris and Alan Stephen. Honorary pallbearer will be
great-grandson, Jake Stephen.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to West Texas Boys Ranch in
Services are entrusted to Sunset Memorial Funeral Home.