Robert Farmer, former civic leader, dies at 86

Posted on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 4:14 pm

Robert W. Farmer, who served on the Caroline County Board of Supervisors for 20 years and also the Bowling Green Town Council and was a leader in business in civic affairs, died today. He was 86.

Mr. Farmer, a life-long resident of Bowling Green, was remembered for his active and dedicated service to Bowling Green and Caroline County.

He served the communities in one way or another for 50 years, and a portrait honoring his years of service adorns the county’s administration building. Mr. Farmer also had the distinction of having a park in Bowling Green named in his honor.

Robert W. Farmer

In addition to serving two decades on the county’s governing body, from 1988-2007, Mr. Farmer served on the Bowling Green Town Council for eight years.

Mr. Farmer retired after working as a Nationwide insurance agent for 37 years and also was a justice of the peace and magistrate for 22 years.

He was the founder of the Bowling Green Volunteer Rescue Squad and served as a charter member, and he also was a charter member of the Caroline County Chamber of Commerce.

A Navy veteran who was a deacon at Bowling Green Baptist Church, Mr. Farmer also was a 32nd degree Mason, a past patron of the Order of the Eastern Star, and a member of the Scottish Rites.

Mr. Farmer’s family will receive friends at Storke Funeral Home in Bowling Green 6-8 p.m. Friday with a Masonic service scheduled for 7 p.m.

A celebration of his life will be held at Bowling Green Baptist Church 11 a.m. Saturday, and entombment will follow at Lakewood Cemetery.

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