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Mr. George David Farthing, 90, of Vilas, the Bethel community, died Thursday, Jan. 6, 2005, at the Watauga Medical Center.
He was born Nov. 20, 1914 in the Bethel community to William Young and Naomi Perry Farthing.
Mr. Farthing was a graduate of Bethel High School.
At an early age he joined Bethel Baptist Church. As an active member, he served on various committees, including 20 years service as church treasurer.
From 1943 to 1954 he owned and operated the Watauga Telephone System.
In 1954 he sold the system to Skyline Telephone Membership Corporation, but continued to operate his system until 1957, until Skyline had their system ready to go into operation.
In addition to operating the telephone system and a grade A dairy, he did much community work, serving as presiding officer of the Bethel Community Club and the Beaver Dam Grange.
He was known to be the best neighbor in the community. When others needed assistance, or just to borrow a piece of machinery, they knew they could always call on Mr. Farthing.
Survivors include his wife of 69 years, Loy Farthing; two children, Anne F. Herlong of Ridge Springs, S.C., and John David Farthing and his wife, Christy, of Morganton. Four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren also survive.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, Perry, Dana and Ivan Farthing; and one sister, Nanny Farthing Swift.
Graveside services were conducted Saturday afternoon at the Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery, officiated by the Rev. Charles McKnight.
Memorials may be made to the Winfield Scott Farthing Cemetery Fund, 1292 Bethel Road, Vilas, N.C. 28692.
Austin & Barnes Funeral Home is serving the Farthing family.