PRINCETON — A resolution honoring the life of a Mercer County resident who helped found a volunteer fire department and manage the county’s emergency needs during a health crisis was passed Tuesday by the Mercer County Commission.
Timothy Wayne “Tim” Farley of Spanishburg passed away Jan. 23 at the age of 64. He was the founding chief of the Bluestone Valley Volunteer Fire Department and a 16-year veteran Mercer County Emergency Management Director and Flood Plain Manager, according to the resolution Commissioner Bill Archer read into the record during the commission’s meeting. “Tim was a devoted community servant with a lifelong commitment to service that shown brightly during his teenage years when he led the Spanishburg High School Wildcats to an undefeated 20-0 season in 1974 and earned All-Area Team honors,” according to the resolution. “He continued that commitment to excellence in college where he played basketball for the Bluefield State Big Blues – earning All-West Virginia Conference Honorable Mention honors in 1976 – and later graduated with a dual degree in electrical engineering and business administration.”
Farley later married “his childhood sweetheart,” Debbie (Henry) Farley, and lived and worked in the Spanishburg area. While working various jobs including truck driver, Farley and his wife owned and operated the Valley General Store across U.S. Route 19 from the high school, according to the resolution.
“The Farleys dedicated their lives to raising their son, Matthew, and serving the community. Tim took a leadership role in the effort to establish the Bluestone Valley Volunteer Fire Department and became the department’s first chief – a role he still held at the time of his death,” Archer read from the commission’s resolution.
In 2005, Farley was appointed to serve as the Mercer County Emergency Services/ Flood Plain Manager.
“His education, life experiences, dedication to helping others and willingness to meet intense challenges during times of trouble combined to earn him the highest level of respect locally, statewide and regionally in emergency service circles,” according to the resolution. “His calm demeanor and clarity of focus were called to the forefront during the period of local, regional, national and international emergency – the COVID-19 pandemic.”
“Tim’s steadfast heart and unyielding focus gave guidance and comfort to all those he worked tirelessly to help during this time of uncertainty,” Archer read from the resolution. “A Christian soldier at heart, Tim’s life of service appeared to be driven by the words in Isaiah 6:8 – “Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send?’ And I said, ‘Here am I. Send me!’”
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