Maurice Earl Farnham, Jr.

December 8, 1937 - February 8, 2018

12/08/1937 - 02/08/2018

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The family will have a celebration of life service at a later date.

GATESVILLE, NC – Maurice Earl Farnham, Jr., age 80, formerly of Vermont, passed away on February 8, 2018 at the Gates House in Gatesville, NC.

Mr. Farnham was born on December 8, 1937 to Maurice Earl and Barbara Leavens Farnham in Newport, Vermont. Maurice graduated from The University of Vermont with a bachelor’s degree. He worked in the sawmill until retiring. Maurice and his wife were snow birds and would spend the winters in Zephyrhills, Florida. He loved his family and enjoyed playing music. Maurice will be deeply missed by all that knew him.

Besides his parents, Maurice was preceded in death by his loving wife Martha Farnham, and four brothers, Billy, Michael, Stuart, and Merle Farnham.

Maurice is survived by, two daughters, Diane Williams and husband Steve of Roanoke Rapids, NC, and Susan Farnham of Greensboro, NC; his son, Rick Farnham and wife Brenda of Littleton, NC; seven grandsons, Rami Yousef, Saif and Samir AlSamarraee, Lucas, Lee, Scott, and Jesse Farnham; two granddaughters, Kristen Williams, and Maribeth Farnham; four great granddaughters; Kimberly, Kayley, Kara, and Kennadee; five sisters, JoAnn Shaw, Lois Farnham, Linda Weeden, Patty Friend, and Elizabeth Smith; two brothers, Jimmy, and Bobby Farnham; along with a host of nieces and nephews.

The family will have a celebration of life memorial service for Maurice in Florida at a later time.

Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service – Ahoskie Chapel is handling the arrangements for the Farnham family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting

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Mary Elizabeth "Tootie" Rabun
5 years ago

I remember my cousin Sonny telling me that he and my mother, his Aunt Barbara, were spies in Europe during WWII. Their cover was owners of a Flea Circus. I believed him! What a great guy.

Hazel Lane-Coates
5 years ago

My sincere condolences to Sonny’s family. I met Sonny while performing a show in Park 1 and subsequently became friends through our love of music. We miss him here sharing his humor and musical talents with us all.

Annette andinston Weir
5 years ago

Sonny and Martha were our fantastic neighbours in Florida for nine years. We had many great stories for each other, and had lots of fun playing cards together, shuffling , bingo and going to the theatre in Hudson . We will always remember Sonny playing his music and singing to us. Sure going to miss you Sunshine.

Ken & Janet Arrington
5 years ago

Sonny was a good man. I know his family will greatly miss him. Prayers & love to all of them.

Ken & Janet Arrington
5 years ago

Sonny was a good man and loved his family and grandchildren, I appreciated his kindness. I know his family will miss him greatly.