James Darroll Farley, 80, of Kirksville, Missouri passed away at the Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville, Missouri on Friday, May 21, 2021.
The son of Robert D. and Marcella (Dale) Farley, he was born on June 7, 1940, in rural Downing, Missouri. On April 11, 1959, he was united in marriage to Marilyn Lawson. On June 26, 1994, at the Downing Baptist Church in Downing, Missouri, he was united in marriage to Mary Alice Blankenship. Jim was a graduate of the Downing High School in Downing, Missouri.
Jim is survived by his children, Jasetia Buckallew and husband, Richie, of rural Lancaster, Missouri; Julie Poe and husband, Doug, of rural Downing, Missouri, and Robert Farley and wife, Stacy, of rural Lancaster, Missouri; two step children, James A. Stanton and wife, Carmen, of Kirksville, Missouri, and Shelley Stanton and husband, Eric, of Las Vegas, Nevada; 7 grandchildren, Colby Buckallew and wife, Susan, of Lancaster, Missouri, Caleb Poe and wife, Alena of Downing, Missouri, Gavin Poe and companion, Julie Huff, of Queen City, Missouri, Megan Chancellor and husband, John, of Lancaster, Missouri, Melody Farley of Lancaster, Missouri, Coy Farley of Lancaster, Missouri, and Preston Kelly of Las Vegas, Nevada; eleven great grandchildren, Alexis Shanahan, Marissa Buckallew, Chloe Buckallew, Dawson Poe, Aubrey Poe, Mason Poe, Ronan Poe, Diana Poe, Payton Chancellor, Averi Chancellor, and Kase Chancellor; one great great granddaughter, Kallie Boas; two brothers, Joe Farley and wife, Barbara, of Downing, Missouri and Gail Farley and wife, Cathy Jo, of rural Downing, Missouri; two sisters, Ardith Thomson and husband, Dick, of Memphis, Missouri and Marcia Slavin and husband, Tim, of Memphis, Missouri; numerous nieces and nephews; other family members; and many good friends.
Jim is preceded in death by his parents; stepfather, Bill Squires; wife, Mary Alice Farley, on February 21, 2021; two brothers, Tim Jay Farley and one brother in infancy, Bobby Dale Farley; nephew, Derick Farley and two granddaughters, Jessica Buckallew and Josie Farley.
Jim and Mary Alice were members of the Sugar Creek Community Church in Kirksville, Missouri, for a number of years. Jim was a member of Glenwood Masonic Lodge #427 for forty years plus and was also a member of the El Kadir Shrine Club and the Schuyler County Shrine Firemen.
Jim was well known in the area for construction of the Lan-Dow buildings and houses for many in the surrounding areas. After constructing over 5000 Lan-Dow buildings, Jim stopped counting!! He was still working at the age of 80 and never retired. Jim enjoyed hunting, fishing, photography, framing and selling prints, and collecting antique toy tractors.
A memorial service will be held for both Jim and Mary Alice Farley on Monday, May 31, 2021, at 2 p.m. at the Norman Funeral Home in Lancaster, Missouri, with Virgil Jones, Pastor of the Sugar Creek Community Church in Kirksville, Missouri, officiating. Masonic services will be conducted by Glenwood Lodge A.F. & A.M. #427. A special CD selection will be “An Evening Prayer” and a recording of Mary Alice Farley singing, “My Father’s House.” Memorials have been established for the Schuyler County Cancer Relief Fund. Online condolences may be expressed to the family by logging on to normanfh.com. Burial will be at a later date, as the bodies have been cremated. Arrangements are under the direction of the Norman Funeral Home in Lancaster, Missouri.