Beloved Business Leader Charlie Farrer has Passed Away

Charlie Farrer (Source:WGNSRadio)


(MURFREESBORO)- WGNS radio news is reporting beloved businessmen Charlie Farrer has passed away.
“One of the community leaders who lived up to this community’s slogan of being “The Heart of Tennessee” passed away Sunday (12/22/2019) morning at Adams Place. Charlie just celebrated his birthday on December 16 and was the WGNS birthday winner that day.

“Charlie Farrer was a quiet and gentle man. He had a warm disposition and if you first met him you immediately felt you had known him all your life. He was a good business man and build and grew several businesses here in Rutherford County. He was a builder. He had one of the first disaster and restoration companies in the County. He helped people put their lives back together. He was first on the scene with tarps after a tornado, plywood to board up after a fire and a water vac after a busted water pipe. He had a vision to see what was best for his community. He loved Rutherford County and didn’t mind Working behind the scenes to support what he felt could lead the County in the right direction. He was a friend who will be truly missed by many Citizens, family and friends,” said Rutherford County Mayor Bill Ketron

“I leased commercial property from Charlie Ferrar for probably 20 years it was always a pleasure when I got to see him. when I think about him I think of a big smile and a big old fat cigar, he was a very kind hearted gentleman and I felt privileged to have know him,” John Vanderworp,owner of Sew Unique of Smyrna.

“I’ve personally known Charlie for a number of years and 6 years ago today I was helping Charlie sell an older Mercedes Convertible he owned. We didn’t have that much interest in the old car and Charlie decided to donate it to a boys home to assist them financially – that was the kind of man he was, a man who cared about others and was always willing to assist those in need,” said Rep. Mike Sparks



Charlie Farrer Obituary

Mr. Charles R. Farrer, age 82, of Murfreesboro, TN passed away Sunday, December 22, 2019 while surrounded by his family. He was born in Ashburn, GA to the late L.H. and Ruby Theola Luke Farrer. Mr. Farrer was a 1955 graduate of Louisville Academy in Louisville, GA. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy on the USS Forrestal aircraft carrier for three years.  He relocated to Murfreesboro to join his father and brother in a three-way partnership. They owned and operated Farrer Bros. since the early 1960’s. Mr. Farrer made many silent contributions to the Murfreesboro and Woodbury, TN communities. Among those were the house at the corner of Arnett and E. Main Street where the administrative offices for Special Kids is located. Mr. Farrer also donated the home in Woodbury where Cannon County S.A.V.E. is based.

Mr. Farrer is survived by his children, Chuck Farrer and his wife Carol, Mark Gorbett and his wife Kim, and Debra Hall all of Murfreesboro; he was “Papa Charles” to eight grandchildren, Ron Hall, April Hall, Kellen Gorbett, Joshua Hall, Aleia Gorbett Tierney, Hanna Farrer, Brandon Copeland, and Brieana Copeland; three great-grandchildren, Peyton, Aimee, and Brayden; wife of the late Fred Farrer, Eleanor Farrer of Murfreesboro; and two nephews, Ralph Farrer and his wife Tammy of Milton and Stephen Farrer of Murfreesboro. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Patricia Thomas Farrer, and brother, Fred Farrer.


Visitation with the family will be Saturday, December 28, 2019 from 12:00noon until 3:00pm at Woodfin Memorial Chapel. A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, December 28, 2019 at 3:00pm at Woodfin Memorial Chapel.

Memorials may be made to any of the following in remembrance of Mr. Farrer: Cannon County S.A.V.E., Special Kids, Child Advocacy Center – Rutherford, Boys & Girls Club, Challenged Athletes Playing Equally, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, or First Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Murfreesboro.