Farris was an entrepreneur who served as a project manager for the construction of the Martin Luther King Center for Nonviolent Social Change. He also was a deacon and trustee at Ebenezer Baptist Church, where he was a member for more than 60 years.
“My father was a very strong man, a very religious man,” his son, Isaac Farris Jr., told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Saturday.
After the deaths of Martin Luther King Jr. and A.D. King, Farris said his father became “a pillar of strength” for the family. He also helped establish and build the King Center.
Farris did not seek out the limelight, his son said.
“He did not have a large ego, but he was a secure man,” Farris said. “Because he didn’t need the spotlight, I don’t think a lot of people realized how important a force he was within our family.”
Farris’ daughter, Angela Farris Watkins, said her father was strong but “very loving and unassuming.”
“He was full of wisdom,” she said. “He was the rock for our entire family.”
In addition to his wife, a professor emerita at Spelman College, and his children, he is survived by a granddaughter, Farris Watkins; sister Gail Farris Joyce; and many nephews, nieces and cousins. Funeral arrangements will be handled by Willie A. Watkins Funeral Home in Atlanta.
Read and sign the online guestbook for Isaac Newton Farris Sr.