Virgil C. Farley

March 7, 1943 ~ November 7, 2023 (age 80) 80 Years Old

Virgil Farley Obituary

On Tuesday, November 7, 2023, Virgil C. Farley, “Pete”, lost his battle with cancer in Williamsburg, VA at the age of 80. He was born on March 7, 1943, to Olivia Totten Farley and Virgil C. Farley of Marmet, WV.

He is predeceased by his brother, Danny Farley of Tallahassee, FL, and son-in-law, Glen Mitchell Lucas of Tallahassee, FL. His father was tragically killed in a coal mining accident when the two sons were 5 and 6 years old.

He is survived by his devoted wife of 40 years, Carol Simpson Farley; son, Jeffrey C. Farley (Paula) of Virginia Beach, VA; daughter, Nanette Farley Lucas, of Tallahassee, FL; stepsons, John Reedy (Kari) of Ayden, NC, and Matthew Reedy (Julie) of Midlothian, VA; and seven grandchildren.

A graduate of Charleston High School, Virgil pursued a 4-year apprenticeship in the printing industry and subsequently worked for the Wall Street Journal. He later held executive positions with financial printers in Washington, DC. At the time of his retirement, he was a government contractor for the Defense Logistics Agency at Fort Belvoir, VA. Additionally, in the evenings he spent hours in his downstairs workshop doing gorgeous picture and shadow box framing to assist his wife in her business.

From early childhood, Virgil was an avid collector of baseball cards and was one of the fortunate whose mother did not toss out his collection. His collection of cards and baseball memorabilia continued his entire life. He was a baseball super-fan and particularly loved the Yankees of the 1950s-60s.

He was also a history buff with a keen interest in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. After retiring, he extensively researched his family ancestry and became a member of the George Washington Chapter of the Virginia Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, where he volunteered as the editor of their monthly publication. In 2022, he was honored to receive the Newsletter Editor of the Year Award. More research led him to discover that he was an ancestor of Sgt. Robert Chambers of Washington’s Army at Valley Forge, 8th Virginia Regiment.

Virgil was generous and cheerful, calm and easygoing, and brightened the day of everyone around him. He made many close friends among his colleagues and neighbors and provided a beautiful life for his family. He and his wife were active members of Olivet Episcopal Church in Alexandria, VA until their move to Williamsburg, VA. They raised three grand and glorious golden retrievers who brought them immense joy, laughter, and happiness.

A funeral service is scheduled for December 9th at 1:00 p.m. at Bruton Parish Church in Colonial Williamsburg. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to GRREAT, Inc. a non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue and care for Golden Retrievers, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the American Cancer Society.

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Celebration of Life
December 9, 2023

1:00 PM
Bruton Parish Church (Colonial Williamsburg)


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