Tom Pace Farley was born August 14, 1909, in Archer County, Texas. His father was George Wesley Farley; his mother was Mary Frances Hitchcock Farley. At 15, he helped move his family from Collin County to Estelline in Hall County by Model T Ford and wagon team. He was the third of nine children.
Tom´s brothers and sisters were: Wesley Waymon Farley, married Celesta Laura Pell, lived in Turkey and Stamford; Velma Mae Farley, died at the age of three in a fire; Ruby Lee Farley, died at age 14 of typhoid fever; Cecil Seth Farley, married Hallie Mae Hodges, lived in Quanah; John Neuman Farley, married Joy Reeves, lived in Fort Worth; Billie Burke Farley, married Ida Young Faulkner, lives in Turkey; Dollie Mae Farley Irby, married Reddell Irby, lives in Turkey; Dixie Owana Farley Brown, married David Brown, lived in Childress.
Tom was married to Helen Francis Wiley. She was born January 20, 1912, near Springtown, Parker County, Texas, the youngest of seven children. Her father was Benjamin D. Wiley; her mother was Annie Rosa Dobbs Wiley. Her family came to West Texas in covered wagons in 1918. After one year in Hall County, they settled on a farm three miles north of Dickens, bought from a Mr. Whitaker. After her mother died in 1934, her father sold the home place and bought a quarter section two miles further north. He died in 1947. Helen attended schools at New Hope, Midway and Dickens. Teachers she remembered were Maydell Peters, Dorene Hulsey, Jim Noland, Naomi Blakely and Fred Arrington.
Helen´s brothers and sisters were: George B. (Goon) Wiley, served in France in World War I, taught school at Midway, Red Mud and Magic City before moving to California; Dossie Wiley Williams, married George Williams, moved to California in 1930´s; Mattie Emma (Tommie Jean) Wiley Kennedy, married Curtis Vernon, divorced, married Thomas Jeff Kenedy; Robert Madison (Toad) Wiley, married Gladys Imel, moved to Hall County in 1946; Ruth Wiley House, married Edd House, lived in Turkey; Jane Viola Wiley Williams, married Joe Williams, moved to California in 1930´s.
Tom and Helen´s first date was on Christmas day 1931. He ate dinner with her family and they attended a dance that night in Spur. They were married October 22, 1932, in Hollis, Oklahoma, and lived all over West Texas. Tom worked as a grocer, cook, butcher, farmer and heavy equipment operator. He served in the Army two years during World War II when they lived in Childress.
They moved to Dickens in 1948 after buying her father´s old farm. Neighbors during that time were H. L. Futch, Norvel Rogers, Elmer Thompson, Ernest Noland, Bill Dodson, Claude Gentry, Bunch Williams, Tab Williams, Travis Wilson, Bud Scott, Jess Hobson and Adam Donagee. In 1950, Tom went into the dirt construction business working first for the QA&P Railroad and later for area farmers and ranchers building stock tanks and terraces. He served two years on the Dickens school board. They moved to Lubbock in 1955 and lived their remaining years there. He continued the business until retirement in 1974. She worked as a nurse´s aide for several years.
Their children are Gerald R. Farley of Midland, born in 1933, and Lurlene Farley Shobert of Spur, born in 1945.
Submitted July 2001, by Gerald R. Farley.
Graveside services for Tom Pace Farley, 81, of Lubbock, were at 3 p.m. Thursday, January 31 in Dickens Cemetery. Rev. C. L. Atkinson, pastor of the Afton Baptist Church, officiated.
Mr. Farley died about 8:38 a.m. January 29 in the St. Mary of the Plains Hospital, Lubbock, following a brief illness.
Born August 14, 1909 in Archer City, he had lived the past 34 years in Lubbock, moving there from Dickens County. He was a retired dirt contractor and farmer.
He married Helen Wiley, October 22, 1932 in Hollis, Oklahoma. He was an Army Veteran of World War II.
Survivors include his wife, Helen Farley, Lubbock; a son, Gerald Farley, Midland; one daughter, Lurlene Shobert, Spur; one brother, Bill Farley, Turkey; a sister, Dollie Mae Irby, Turkey, seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Pallbearers included Thedford Fry, Harry Martin, Stewart Townsend and Jarol Fanta.
Campbell Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
©The Texas Spur, February, 1991
Graveside services for Helen F. Wiley Farley were at 2 p.m. Monday November 18, 1996 at the Dickens Cemetery. Officiating was Reverend C.L. Atkinson, Afton. Burial was under the direction of Campbell Funeral Home, Spur.
Mrs. Farley died Saturday, November 16th, 1996 in Lubbock.
She was born January 20, 1912 in Springtown, Texas. She married Tom Pace Farley, October 22, 1932 in Hollis, Oklahoma. Mr. Farley preceded her in death on January 29, 1991. She was a homemaker and a nurses aide. She had lived in Lubbock the past 40 years coming from Dickens County. She was a member of the First Christian Church.
Survivors include one son, Gerald Farley, Midland; one daughter, Lurlene Shobert, Spur; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
©The Texas Spur, Thursday November 21, 1996b
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