County Proclaims Friday, July 1 As Joe Farris Day
Tue, 06/21/2016 - 3:38pm Douglas1
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Luke Roberts Enterprise Staff Writer
Christmas in July may sound a little odd but not in the eyes of Joe Farris. He believes in not only spreading Christmas joy throughout the holidays, but throughout the year to everyone! In December 2015 he made his 104th tripe to St. Jude’s to spread joy and cheer to those who need it most.
The Coffee County Commission met on Monday morning, June 20, and unanimously approved to proclaim Friday, July 1, 2016, as the 11th Annual Joe Farris Day. The commission also unanimously approved five board appointments, as well as a contract with the Southern Georgia Regional Commission to provide meals to local senior citizens.
For the eleventh consecutive year, the commission proclaimed Friday, July 1, as Joe Farris Day, and the proclamation honoring Farris reads, “Mr. Joe Farris, a citizen of Coffee County, is a man who makes dreams come true. He is a role model for the citizens of our county. In 2011, he received the Liberty Bell Award. His dedication to the children of St. Jude’s Hospital is more than anyone can express in words. He is a man who takes volunteering to the next level. He has served as the St. Jude’s Santa for the past 58 years accepting donations of toys from various counties throughout South Georgia. The Mayor of Memphis also recognized Joe Farris Day in honor of his 100th trip to St. Jude. He also received the Danny Thomas Volunteer Award; the Sertoma Club’s ‘Service to Mankind’ Award; United Away Lifetime Award; Book of Golden Deeds Award; The Lions Club Award; Worth County Teacher of the Year award; STAR Teacher for Pelham High School; Pelham Georgia Citizen of the Year; and served 28 years in the Army Reserves and two years of active duty in the Korean War.
See the full story on the front page of the Wednesday, June 22, 2016 edition of the Douglas Enterprise.