He was born June 4, 1920 at Belleville, W.Va., a son of the late Joseph J. and Trella Rhodes Farra.
Joe was a 1939 graduate of Parkersburg High School. He was retired as a union electrician. He was a US Navy veteran having served in the Pacific Theatre during WWII. He was a 60 year member of IBEW Local 968, Parkersburg, Coolville Masonic Lodge #337 F.&A.M., VFW and American Legion Post 15, Parkersburg.
He is survived by his loving companion, Juna Cutlip, of Columbus, Ohio; daughter, Paula Cox (Jerry) of Aiken, SC; son, Nathan Farra (Beverly) of Melbourne, Fla.; step-daughters, Jean Dent of Belpre, Ohio and Darlene Cook Thorn (Mike) of Parkersburg, W.Va.; step-son, Kenneth Shafer (Roseann) of Franklin, Ohio; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Lenora Stephens Shafer Farra; son, William Joseph Farra; and sister, Claudia Davis.
Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Thursday, January 17, 2013 at the Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, 1305 Washington Boulevard, Belpre, Ohio with Pastor Jim Condrey officiating. Inurnment will be at Evergreen North Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Visitation will be 6 – 8 p.m. Wednesday and two hours prior to services Thursday at the funeral home. A Masonic memorial service will be 8 p.m. Wednesday.
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