Ernest “Gene” Farris, 83, of Athens, died Thursday, Nov. 13 at his residence.

Ernest “Gene” Farris, 83, of Athens, died Thursday, Nov. 13 at his residence. A native of Port St. Joe, he was a son of the late Wesley and Stella Wilburn Farris and was also preceded in death by his wife Naomi Farris, grandson Ernest Glen Grubb, Sr, and brothers, Gordon, Tom, and Alden Farris.

He was a member of Allen Memorial United Methodist Church and was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during the Korean War. He came to Athens in 1954 with the startup of Bowater serving for 31 years and retiring as Superintendent in the Paper Mill Department. Following his retirement from Bowater he was associated with Geschemay Felts of South Carolina for 12 years.

He is survived by three daughters and three sons-in-law, Shannon and Larry Miller, Lynette and David Culberson and Ellen and Tom Dodson; one son and daughter-in-law, Keith and Lisa Farris all of Athens, grandchildren, Amanda Wooden, Emily Buckner, Hope Adams, Jason Farris, Blake Farris and Carrie Peck; great-grandchildren, Kayla Partain, Alicia Wooden, Kyle Buckner, Kimberly Buckner, Jordan Buckner, Ernest Grubb, Jr., Nathan and Addison Farris and Colton Adams, sister, Elsie Farris of Port St. Joe, and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. ET on Monday, Nov. 18, in the chapel of Smith Funeral Home with Rev. Ogle Wattenbarger officiating. Interment will be immediately following the service in McMinn Memory Gardens with Military honors at the graveside.  The family will receive friends from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. ET on Sunday at Smith Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Hope Farris Adams, Jason Farris, Blake Farris, Gordon Griffin, Fred Griffin and Vincent Driggers. Honorary pallbearers will be Ernest Glen Grubb, Jr. and Ray Carpenter.

The family suggests memorials be made to the Holston Home for Children, 404 Holston Drive, Greeneville, Tn. 37743.

If you are unable to attend this service or visitation you may sign the guest register at www.smithfuneral&

Smith Funeral & Cremation Services of Athens is serving the family of Ernest “Gene” Farris.