“We need to get together more often and not at a funeral.” How many times have you and a cousin said that? Funerals are much like a family reunion. You can learn a lot about a family just by looking at who showed up. Using my grandparents’ guest books and sympathy cards, I’ll be exploring “Who came to the funeral?”
is for Farrar, Lewis Granville Farrar to be exact, the husband of Elta Sullivan, my maternal grandfather’s cousin.
Lewis and family attended the funeral for Orvin Davis in October 1963. They also sent a spray of yellow gladiolas.
Lewis was born in 1898, but I could not find him in the 1900 census. In 1910 Lewis (11) and his mother Sarah (44) were listed as servants in the home of Edwin Hamilton in Augusta County. Sometime before 1920, they moved to Shenandoah in Page County where Lewis went to work for the railroad.
My collection of photos indicates my grandfather was always close to his Sullivan cousins, frequently at one another’s home. I imagine Lewis and my grandfather became good friends.
Pearl Sullivan Strole, Elta S. Farrar
baby Maxine Strole, Minnie Sullivan Breeden
Lewis and Elta married about 1920 and lived with her parents in Shenandoah for a time. Lewis began working for the N & W Railroad as a car repairman, but by 1930 he was an electrician. They bought a house on Second Street and began their family.
The 1940 census for Norfolk County indicates the Farrars were still in Shenandoah in 1935; daughter Phyllis was 4 years old, so it appears that Lewis and Elta moved their family to Portsmouth in 1936 when jobs for electricians were plentiful at the shipyard. He remained an electrician at the shipyard the rest of his working days.
Lewis died in November 1970. He and Elta are buried together in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens in Chesapeake, Virginia.
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