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Dorothy Oldham Williams

September 2, 1924 ~ March 11, 2019

Services will be held: March 30, 2019

Hester Rouse Garner

July 9, 1931 ~ March 19, 2019

Services will be held: March 22, 2019

Sandra Faye Collins

07/01/1947 ~ March 18, 2019

Services will be held: March 21, 2019

Pastor James L. Upchurch

September 15, 1941 ~ March 17, 2019

Services will be held: March 22, 2019

Letha Faye Etheridge

6/6/1939 ~ 3/16/2019

Services will be held: March 20, 2019

Jacob Joseph Sanok, III

10/24/1952 ~ March 17, 2019

Services will be held: March 23, 2019

Wayne Allen Taylor

1-29-1943 ~ 3-16-2019

Services will be held: March 19, 2019

Karen Keith Stewart

October 9, 1961 ~ March 7, 2019

Services will be held:

William Winfree Farley, MD

1/12/1919 ~ 09/07/2018

William Farley passed September 7, 2018 after a short illness. Born in 1919 in Richmond VA to Earnest Waldern Farley and Roxanna Skiles Farley he had many experiences in early childhood. The family including his sister Ruth Linthicum Farley moved to Washington, DC in the 20s. He witnessed Lindbergh’s reception and saw McArthur and Eisehower remove the Dough Boys from the Mall. With the onset of the depression and the death of his beloved mother,the family moved back to Richmond where the entire Skiles Family lived together. Bill attended Western High School and graduated from the University of Richmond in 1940. He immediately attended the Medical College of Virginia. During the war all MD were accelerated classes. After graduation and before joining the Army, he met his lifetime love and best friend Rachael Farley. They were married prior to his entry to full active service in Kings Mountain, NC.

Bill was immediately sent to Carlisle Barracks and then to Oakland. He was assigned as a field surgeon in the 96th Army Division. Upon assignment he was assigned to the Asian theater. He entered the war with the invasion of Okinawa where he served in a surgical detachment on the Southern Front for 45 days of that battle. After VJ day he was dispatched to Manila to start the 115th Field Hospital for the Army. He was discharged in 1946 with the rank of Captain. He received the Bronze Star for his service during the conflict.

Practicing briefly in Roanoke Rapids, NC he was invited to do his residency at Duke Hospital. He was Chief Resident and a lifetime Duke fan. After residency he moved to Raleigh to begin his lifetime practice of Pediatrics. He had an active practice for forty years. During that time, he was the head of Pediatric Services at Rex Hospital for nineteen years, and Chief of Staff as well. Practicing Medicine was his lifetime ambition.

While in active practice, he served as President of the Raleigh Academy of Medicine and the Wake County Medical Society. He was President of the NC Pediatric Society. In 2000 he was selected as Physician of the Year at Rex Hospital. His lifetime involvement in that facility was always a great joy particularly the nurses and staff that make up that institution.

After his active Pediatric years Bill moved to the Social Security Disability Determination Area with a specialty of Pediatric Disability. He served with his many colleagues and friends in the position for nineteen years. At his retirement he was the oldest NC State retiree at age 92.

He was awarded at his retirement with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine by Governor Purdue .

Bill had two additional passions. One was his prayer group at White Memorial Church and his second was Golf. He will be missed by both groups.

Bill’s wife passed away in 2008. His sister Ruth Linthicum passed in 2009. He is survived by his son William W. Farley, Jr of Chapel Hill and his daughter Mary Charlotte Farley of Raleigh. His grandson William W. Farley III is married to Catherine Clark Farley who recently had Bill’s first great grandchild Evelyn. They live in Raleigh. His granddaughter Margaret Mason Farley lives in New York, City.

The family would like to thank the staff of Brighton Gardens who stood by his side for the last five years providing loving care and fulfillment.

A Service of Witness to the Resurrection will be held at White Memorial Presbyterian Church, Raleigh NC on Wednesday, September 12th at 11:30. Funeral arrangements are by Bryan Lee, Raleigh. In lieu of flowers gifts to Duke University (Duke Children’s Development) 710 West Main Street Suite 200 Durham, NC 27701 will help sustain important Pediatric initiatives at that institution.




11:30 am

White Memorial Presbyterian Church
1704 Oberlin Rd, Raleigh, NC 27608

In lieu of flowers gifts to Duke University (Duke Children’s Development) 710 West Main Street Suite 200 Durham, NC 27701 will help sustain important Pediatric initiatives at that institution.


  1. Carol Spence

    I dearly loved Dr. Farley. He was all three of my children’s Pediatrician. My son declares he got a shot every time he went for a visit! God’s blessings upon his family during this time of loss.

  2. Amy Wrenn Gregory

    Dr.Farley was the Wrenn Family pediatrician. We still to this day refer to Dr.Farley and dimetapp as well as other wisdom from Dr.Farley. Blessed to have known him as a doctor.

  3. Harriett Christmas Wolfe

    Dr. Farley cared for me and my brother. Even as small as I was I remember his gentle spirit and kind voice. Loop handle made us feel better after every appointment. May he rest in peace and his family hold tight to precious memories of him.

  4. Sue Lucas

    Loved this special man . He could not rest if he had a sick child at the hospital. Took such loving care of our son n daughter. Back in the 70’s he was known as one of the best. So happy our paths crossed. On a lighter note, he did mumble on his way out of the exam room leaving his great nurses to translate. But that was part of his charm we thought. What a faithful servant he was. Our sincere sympathy.

  5. Pam Brewer

    He will be greatly missed, he has walk the peds unit with me many a night. His love and concern was beyond measure. Thank you always being there for us.

  6. Marcia Bryan

    It will be 43 years ago October 21st (1975) when I met Dr. Farley. I was so afraid of giving birth, much less being “mama” to a little baby girl who I had no clue what to do with or how to take care of her. I still have the paperwork Dr. Farley gave me when he came in and introduced himself to me. ..it tells what I should do for her and I have it recorded in Phyllis’ s baby book. He was an angel–at least to me he was and her too. She contracted bronchitis at less than 3 months old. He was troubled by it–I could tell because I could see it in his face. That was Wednesday and he told me to bring her back Friday and if her breathing wasn’t better we would need to hospitalize her. He said she was better…she went on to graduate from State summa cum laude in 2000. I still give Dr. Farley the credit…he saved her life….he had a “life calling” and he lived by it. I will keep your family in my prayers and know that he is watching down on you and sending his angels to take care of you.

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