Nancy Elizabeth Halsey Farris, 80, died Dec. 5, 2013 at her home in Pulaski. Born March 14, 1933 in Pulaski, she was the daughter of the late John “Jeff” and Vadalene Halsey.
Nancy grew up in the Mountain View community, where she spent many childhood summers on Claytor Lake in its early years with her grandparents. She graduated from Dublin High School in 1950. In the 1960s, she managed the Colonial House restaurant in Dublin, a business she owned with her husband and parents.
In 1976, she signed on for the adventure of a lifetime when she agreed to work with her husband as a team for Baggett Trucking, hauling explosives and other materials to military bases across the country. Trucking for 24 years gave Nancy the opportunity to visit 48 of the nation’s 50 states, gathering stories and friends from coast to coast.
Nancy personified the definition of spirited. She was vivacious and determined in all of her endeavors. Even in her final months, she was set on living life. She was also incredibly kind and compassionate, being the type of person who sought to find the best in everyone. She loved sharing stories about her many travels, as well as stories about growing up in the local area. Her interest in history and genealogy led her to become a charter member of the New River Historical Society, as well as a member of the Count Pulaski Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution; she was very proud of her heritage. Nancy was also a member of the Dublin Eastern Star chapter.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Duane Farris, and her son, Michael Anthony Vickers.
Left to remember Nancy are her daughter, Sharon Vickers Hardy, son-in-law, David Hardy, and granddaughter, Jena Hardy, all of Pulaski; stepson, Dr. Mark Farris of Morganton, N.C., along with many close cousins and friends.
Visitation will be held Monday, Dec. 9 at Seagle Funeral Home from 5 to 7 p.m., followed by a funeral service at 7 p.m. with the Rev. Teresa Tolbert officiating. A small burial service will take place Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 1 p.m. at Highland Memory Gardens in Dublin.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to help cover funeral expenses.
Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.seaglefuneralhome.com. Arrangements by Seagle Funeral Home, Pulaski, 540-980-1700.