Andrew “Andy” Nickolas Farres, Jr., age 62, of Chilhowie, Va., went to be with the Lord on Friday, February 25, 2022, due to an acute lung injury caused by COVID. He passed peacefully with his five children. He loved the Lord with all of his heart and was a devoted Christian. If you asked Andy, his greatest accomplishment was being a father to his children. He was a loving and dedicated father. Andy was a lifelong cook and started cooking as early as seventeen years of age to help support his siblings. He most recently worked at Emory & Henry College where he enjoyed cooking for the students. Andy harbored a passion for sports, his favorite teams being the Miami Dolphins, the Miami Heat, the Miami Hurricanes, and the Florida Panthers.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew Nickolas Farres, Sr. and Wilma Pauline “Polly” Gorth.
Andy is survived by five children: Michelle Dopazo and husband, Alex, of Miami, FL.; Andrew Farres, III and wife, Laura Dowell, of Marion, VA.; Katherine Justice and husband, Jimmy, of Abingdon, VA.; Amanda Farres, of Marion, VA.; and Shane Farres, of the home; six siblings, Diana Farres, Chris Farres, Kathreen Farres, Gary Collins, Donnie Collins, and Robert Collins; and three grandchildren, Megan Dopazo, Ryan Dopazo, and Anastasia Justice.
A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, March 19, 2022, at 12:00 p.m. at the Forest Hills Chapel of Farris Funeral Service with Pastor Wayne Wilson and Pastor Lee Schnelle officiating. Inurnment will follow in the columbarium at Forest Hills Memory Gardens. Visitation will be held on Saturday from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at the Forest Hills Chapel.
A reception will follow at the Tobias Smith Cabin on the Emory & Henry College Campus, 30456 Garnand Dr., Meadowview, Va. 24361.
The family wishes those in attendance to wear sports attire in support of their father’s favorite teams or white.
Those wishing to express sympathy online may do so by visiting www.farrisfuneralservice.com and signing the online guestbook.
People wishing to honor Andy’s lifelong commitment as a father to his children can make donations to https://gofund.me/e91f600f or his children ask that you make a donation to the National Kidney Foundation.
The family of Andrew Nickolas Farres, Jr. is being cared for by Farris Cremation and Funeral Center, 19415 Lee Hwy., Abingdon, Va. 24210 (276-623-2700).
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