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The Rev. George C. Farmer, retired minister, teacher

The Rev. George C. Farmer, a retired minister and Pinellas County schoolteacher, has died at age 76.

The Rev. Farmer, who suffered a stroke several years ago, died Sunday (Oct. 23, 1994) at Integrated Health Services of St. Petersburg. He had lived there for about four weeks. The cause of his death was not announced.

Ordained in 1939 at Mirror Lake Christian Church, "Brother George," as he liked to be called, served as minister at several other Pinellas churches, including Clearwater Christian, Bay Point, Palm Lake, Seminole and Christian Shores Chapel.

For three decades, he taught in Pinellas schools, including Lealman and South Side junior high schools. He taught psychology at St. Petersburg and Seminole high schools. He was a registrar at Gibbs High and a guidance counselor and coordinator at Tyrone Middle School, where he retired in 1975.

During World War II and the Korean War, he served as an Army chaplain. For gallantry in action in the Metz campaign of World War II, he received two Bronze Star medals and the Silver Star.

He was best known among the men of the Army's 136th Infantry Regiment in Korea for his "cussing fund," which he began in 1943 while serving with the 379th Infantry Regiment of the 95th Division in Europe. Offenders were fined a penny for each profanity with the money going to buy snack foods for the troops.

A native of Covington, Va., George Charlton Farmer moved to St. Petersburg as a child in 1925. After graduating from St. Petersburg High School, he studied at St. Petersburg Junior College, Florida Southern College and the seminary at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth.

He was a member of Palm Lake Christian Church, where he served as the minister in 1964-65 and was elder emeritus. He was a member of Decader church school class, the Pinellas County Retired Educators Association and the Square One stroke support group.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Elaine B.; two daughters, Mary Farmer, Tampa, and Joy Wilhelmy, San Diego; a sister, Wilda Moloney, St. Petersburg; a granddaughter and several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes, Ninth Street Chapel, 2201 Dr. M. L. King (Ninth) St. N. A funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the the funeral home with the Rev. J.W. Cate Jr. officiating. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery.

The family suggested memorial contributions to Palm Lake Christian Church, 5401 22nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg, FL 33710.