Ssgt Abraham Pinkney Farmer, Jr., 47, departed this earthly life on Saturday, November 23, 2013 at his home in Dallas, TX. Born on January 1, 1966, in Sumter, he was the son of Abraham P. Farmer, Sr. and Martha Raye Farmer Smith.
Abraham grew up in Sumter County and attended the public schools. He was a graduate of Sumter High School, Class of 1984. He later attended Chowan College in Murfreesboro, N. C., where he received an Associate Degree. Upon graduation, he served his country in the United States Army with the 82nd Airborne Unit and the National Guard for 23 years during which he was a highly decorated veteran with many achievements.
He leaves to cherish his memories: his loving wife and best friend, Betty Farmer; his son, Nygle of Dallas, TX; two daughters, Ashley (Jerod) Nathaniel of Dallas, TX, Quentel (Leon) Wiliams of Sumter; four sisters, Rosalyn (Stanley) Wilkerson of Brentwood, N. Y, Michelle (Werdell) Moore, Monica (John) Carter, Shiela (Glenn) Bell, all of Sumter; three brothers, Jeffery Harley of S. C., Michael Farmer, Carrol (Jamie) of San Antonio, TX; two brothers-in-law, Tyrone (Cynthia) Nathaniel, Ernest Nathaniel; mother-in-law, Gloria Nathaniel; two grandchildren, Zaniah and Da’Maoir Robinson of Dallas, TX; a host of aunts, an uncle, nieces, nephews, other extended family and special friends.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Jazmine Farmer; a grandson, Noel Roland Williams, a sister, Brenda Pugh and his stepfather, Willie Smith.
Funeral services will be held 1:00 p. m., Tuesday, December 3, 2013 from the Trinity Missionary Baptist Church, 155 Wall Street, Sumter, with the Rev. Larry C. Weston, pastor, Pastor Stanley A. Wilkerson, eulogist.
The family will receive friends and relatives at the home of Michelle Moore, 20 Dollard Drive, Sumter, and Elizabeth McCray, 880 Boulevard Road, Sumter.
The funeral procession will leave from the home of Elizabeth McCray at 12:20 p. m.
Flower bearers will be Southern Queens. Pall bearers will be family and friends.
Burial will be at a later date in the Amelia Veterans Cemetery, Amelia, Virginia.