Vernon Wayne Farris, Jr., better known as “Bug”, was born on August 31st, 1974. He was given the nickname “Bug” because he was so quick. He was the son of Vernon Wayne Newby and Bessie Jean Farris. Although only 46, Bug affected many people in his lifetime. He was deeply committed to his family. He loved his wife, his children, grandson, and was a devoted family man. He made it known that he loved being a husband and father. He made it known to everyone that he came into contact with that family is everything. He was outspoken and comical. No matter how bad he felt, when you saw him out, you would never know it, he didn’t complain. His smile, his character, his style, made him a “one in a million” individual, trust me, you will never meet another Bug! All these things only scraped the surface of who he was as a young man. He not only kept his family laughing at the family gatherings, but he always made others laugh by having a joyful spirit. He sure had a funny way of telling you a story. No matter where he was in the community, he kept people laughing, especially at his happy place; Phil’s Barber Shop, which he made a point to be there every Thursday for his barber Chad to “hook him up”!
Bug loved sports and played baseball in his younger days. His love for sports led him to coaching his children’s recreation football and basketball teams. Coaching allowed him to help many aspiring athletes in the recreational programs by teaching the fundamentals of the game along with good sportsmanship. He loved going to his son’s wrestling matches and football games. He was his biggest fan and never missed a single game from kindergarten, all the way to his last high school football game. Bug was also an avid Washington Redskins fan and enjoyed basketball. He attended Northwood High School in Pittsboro, NC, where he played football and set many school records on the football field. He also enjoyed fishing, keeping his grass cut in a particular pattern, traveling to the casino with his wife, and beach trips with his family before his health declined.
Bug transitioned from this earthly life on Friday, April 23, 2021. He was preceded in death by his Maternal Grandmother Myrtle Farris, Grandfather Odell Farris, and Paternal Grandmother Mary Newby. He leaves to cherish his loving memories to his Wife of 21 years Natasha Farris, Parents Vernon Wayne Newby of Siler City, NC and Bessie Jean Farris of Siler City, NC, Son, Malik Tyquan Farris Stepson Aaron Patterson, Grandson Princeton Patterson all of Liberty, NC, Brother, Marcus Newby of Burlington, NC, 4 nieces & 5 nephews, Mother-in-Law, Myrna Patterson of Greensboro, NC, Father-In-Law, Robert L. Andrews of Liberty, NC. Uncles, Robert Newby, Lewis Newby (Kelly), Michael Newby (Lorraine), Eddie Newby, Steve Farris, Ike Farris (Beverly), Reece Farris, Aunts, Robin Blackwell (Lee), Rachel Marsh, Sherry Newby, Robbin Farris. Sister-in-laws, Evonne Patterson of Greensboro, NC, ShaTonya Patterson of Liberty, NC, Lakesha Swaringen, Valerie Andrews, Keyan Andrews, all of Greensboro, NC, Brother-in-laws, Wayne Taylor, of Greensboro, NC, whom Bug and his wife raised as their own and Robert Andrews, of Liberty, NC.
A Host of aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews from extended family, and a Special Grandmother, Nellie Patterson aka “Mama Nell” of Liberty, NC.
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