More detail on this person: Richard Harold Farris (born in Uvalde, Texas Nov. 29, 1947) passed away in Atlanta, Georgia on Jan. 26, 2015, at the age of 67. Rick served his country in the U.S. Army from 1967 to 1972. He was a helicopter pilot during his tour of duty in Vietnam and was honored as a hero by rescuing fellow wounded soldiers despite his helicopter being heavily hit by enemy fire. He received a Battle Field Commission and Bronze Star Medal and his father, Col. Harold Farris, from Uvalde and serving with the U.S. Air Force in Vietnam at the time, pinned the medals on his son. After his Army service, Rick attended Southwest Texas Junior College, Uvalde, and then completed his degree in business management, specializing in aviation management, from the University of Texas Permian Basin in 1978. He was known for his computer skills as well as being an avid musician playing drums in bands with wellknown names such as: Jimi Hendrix, James Brown, Ray Charles, Brenda Lee and others. Rick was preceded in death by his son, Richard Harold Farris Jr. (Hal); also by his parents, Harold and Ann Farris; grandparents, Charles Lester and Anna Jane Farris and Carroll K. and Eva H. Gaskins, all of Uvalde. Survivors include his wife, Sionette, of Washington state; daughter, Kathryn Ann Farris (Kathi) of Austin, Texas; sister, Peggy Ann Farris Porter and her husband, Ken, of Medina, Ohio and aunt, Jo Ann Farris Goodell of Austin, Texas. After cremation, Rick's ashes were flown over the old Farris Ranch in the Farris Community north of Uvalde, Texas. Memorials may be made to the Uvalde Veterans Wall (830-278-2183), or a charity of one's choice.
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