The Shelbyville News
Rev. James H. Farnsley, 75, of Shelbyville died Monday, Dec. 7, 2009.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Born Aug. 18, 1934, in
County, Indiana, to John Fern and Thelma Faye (Davis
Married Joann Myer on Aug. 22, 1954; she survives.
Other survivors include his children, Jon (wife, Barbara) Farnsley and
(wife, Carmen) Farnsley both of Shelbyville; sisters, Edna Mae (husband,
Leonard) Woods of Owensville and Thelma Fern (husband, Jon) Beck of
Indianapolis; brothers, Kenneth Paul (wife, Judy) Farnsley of Georgetown,
Phillip Bruce (wife, Cynthia) Farnsley of Shelbyville and
Stephen Harold (wife, Doreen) Farnsley of Minden, Nev.; grandchildren,
Michael Andrew (wife, Sarah)
Farnsley of Naperville, Ill., Brian James Farnsley, Jonathan Arthur
Farnsley, KayAnn Lynn Farnsley and Caroline Grace
Farnsley, all of Shelbyville; and
several nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by his parents; brother, Donald Lee Farnsley; and
sister-in-law, Nadine Farnsley.
Teacher and an administrator for Shelbyville Central Schools for
29 years, retiring in 1993.
Pastored several rural churches for 57 years
that included Clifford Congregational, Bethlehem Evangelical United Brethren,
North Union E.U.B., Union Chapel E.U.B., Big Flatrock Christian, Blue Ridge
Christian Union and West Side Wesleyan. Currently serving as pastor of
care at Shelbyville Community Church, where he led the Seasoned Seniors.
One of his passions was providing a
Christian radio broadcast “The Hour of Challenge” on local radio stations
for 35 years.
U.S. Army veteran, serving from 1958 to 1961 in Norfolk, Va.
Georgetown High School, Indiana State University and Butler University and had attended the University
of Indianapolis, formerly Indiana Central College.
Found purpose and happiness in preaching the Gospel, serving, helping others
and leaving a Christian legacy for his family.
Also enjoyed working on the
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming