John Wayne Farris

July 7, 1934 ~ January 28, 2020 (age 85)


John Wayne Farris, 85, of Galveston formerly of Woodville passed away January 28, 2020.

Born in Charleston, MS to the late Charlie and Lou Ella Miller Farris, he lived in Woodville for many years before moving to Galveston.  He was a Korean War Veteran and a member of the VFW in Jasper, Texas.  John was a retired truck driver who had the handle of “Freight Train” because he actually could make the sound of a freight train horn.  He loved his truck, car, and western wear especially fancy western shirts that earned him the nickname of “Cowboy”.  Later in life he volunteered at senior citizen centers where he was known only by “Cowboy”.   He enjoyed all of his friends at the center.

John was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Billy Farris and Tommy Farris; sister, Dicie Card; son, Alton Eugene Farris and a step-son, Donnie Tompkins.

He is survived by his loving companion of thirteen years, Brenda Locke of Galveston; children, John Wayne Farris, Jr, of Mid County, Tx, Angel Farris Helms of Livingston and Johnny Rhea Farris and wife, Theresa of Livingston and Malainia Little and significant other, Jody Bartee of Onalaska; step-children, Robbie Tompkins of D’Hanis, Tx and  Wesley Tompkins and wife, Susan of Colmesneil;  sister, Joycie Mae Taylor of Mississippi; brothers, James Hugh Farris of Alabama;  special nephew, Ricky Card; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, other family members and friends.

Funeral service will be held Saturday, February 1, 2020, at 11 am at the Riley Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Tommy Walker officiating.  A military graveside service will be held at Fairview Cemetery following the service.  Visitation will be held Friday from 5 pm until 8 pm at the funeral home.

Serving as pallbearers will be T. D. Little, Mike Burris, John Ford, Donnie Henderson, Dan Odom and Wesley Tompkins.  Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Johnny Rhea Farris, Corey Ford, Steven Dauzat, Wyatt Farris and Scott MacTavish.

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January 31, 2020

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Riley Funeral Home
913 U.S. Highway 190 W.
Woodville, TX 75979

Funeral Service
February 1, 2020

11:00 AM
Riley Funeral Home
913 U.S. Highway 190 W.
Woodville, TX 75979

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