BARTOW, Ga. - Joseph Coleman Farrington, Jr., known familiarly as "J.C.," died Saturday, March 13, 2010 of a heart attack. J.C., a Baptist minister for more than forty years, enjoyed an assortment of avocations that took him to many places where he explored his diverse interests. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Auburn University, a Master of Arts in psychology from Georgia College and State University, and a Doctor of Education degree in counseling from Auburn University. While serving several churches over the span of three decades, J.C. provided counseling services both privately and through institutional sources. His early interest in flying ultimately led to private, commercial and instructor certifications. In addition to recreational flying with his family, J.C. served in the Civil Air Patrol in middle Georgia during the 1970s and was Chief Flight Instructor in the Professional Flight Management Program at Auburn. During his time in Auburn, he was also an adjunct professor in the School of Education. As a gifted pastor, J.C. was more than an inspiring preacher. His highest ambition was the fulfillment of God's purpose for his life. Through his selfless ministry, he deeply touched thousands. Having lived in central Alabama and middle Georgia for most of their careers, he and Gerry moved to Louisville and purchased a working cattle farm there in 1994. After his retirement from active church and counseling ministry, he began a committed ministry through the Fuller Center for Housing -- Jefferson County, which included putting his significant skills to use in hands-on building. J.C. is survived by his wife of fifty-four years, Gerry Brett, and three daughters, Judy Farrington Aust of Atlanta, Evelyn Farrington Perry of Gainesville and Pauline Farrington Pezzino of Chattanooga. His four surviving grandchildren are John Coleman Pezzino, Amanda and Sarah Perry and Owen Aust. His fifth grandchild, Claudia Pezzino, who died in 2004, greeted him in heaven. J.C.'s two surviving sisters, Jean and Diane and a brother, Woodrow, live in Alabama. A service of celebration will be held at the Louisville United Methodist Church, 301 W. 7th St., Louisville, Georgia 30434 on Tuesday, March 16, 2010, at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be in the Moxley Cemetery. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, donations to the Fuller Center for Housing - Jefferson County, P.O. Box 858, Louisville, GA 30434, Shekinah Baptist Church, P.O. Box 801, Louisville, GA 30434 or the American Red Cross. The family will receive visitors 6:00 to 8:00 PM Monday, March 15th at the funeral home. You may sign the family's personal guestbook online at: www.taylorfhlouisville.com . Taylor Funeral Home 401 West 8th Street, Louisville, is in charge of arrangements.
The Augusta Chronicle-March 15, 2010