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Dale Farley

Dale Farley

Friday, May 27th, 1949 - Thursday, June 13th, 2019
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Dale Farley , 70 of Sparta, Tennessee passed away on Thursday, June 13, 2019, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

He was born Friday, May 27, 1949 in Sparta, Tennessee. He was the son of the late Haskel Farley and the late Bessie Williams Farley.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Brittany Ann Farley Johnson, his sister, Linda (Farley) Koltholf, and his brothers, Jimmy Clouse, Ralph Farley, and Wendell Farley.

Survivors include:
Wife- Karen Farley
Son- Brandon Farley
Grandchildren- Branson Farley, Dalton Stallings, and Kaytlyn (Clark) Adcock
Brother- Donnie Farley
Sister-in-laws- Janine (Billy) Ayers and Lynne (Mike) Carr
Many neices, nephews, friends, and neighbors also survive.

Funeral Service will be held at 11am on Monday, June 17, 2019 at Cumberland Heights Church of Christ with Doug Downs officiating. Burial will follow in O'Connor Cemetery. The family will welcome friends Sunday, June 16, 2018 at 3pm at Oak Lawn Funeral Home. They will also welcome friends on Monday, June 17, 2019, from 10am until time of the service at the church.

As long as he could remember, Dale had a dream to play professional football. Dale was quoted in a West Virginia program in November 1970, saying "All I've ever wanted to do was make it to the pros." Dale played college football for the West Virginia Mountaineers and was named All-American. He was also named to the All-East and All-South teams. In addition, he was selected to play in the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama.

But one of his greatest accomplishments while at West Virginia was meeting and marrying a beautiful Sparta girl (Sparta, New Jersey) that has been his bride for 48 years. Shortly after Dale and Karen married, the Miami Dolphins drafted him in the third round of the 1971 draft. Dale played outside linebacker with the dolphins and played in Super Bowl VI in January 1972. Dale also later played with the Buffalo Bills and the Toronto Argonauts.

In the Spring of 2009, Dale was asked to speak at a Fellowship of Christian Athletes Banquet in Morgantown, WV. Coach Jim Carlen was the featured speaker. In a newspaper article from the West Virginian Times, this quote from the author stated, "The former player who really moved the crowd was linebacker, Dale Farley, who talked about living through bouts of alcoholism." "But I am a Christian now," Farley said. "God has helped me through it... I am a Child of God."

Needless to say, he stole the show!

Dale's dream of playing professional football was definiately realized, but I am sure if he could talk to us today he would tell us that the "Young Warrior" that always remained Sparta Strong was most proud of his life as a Christian husband, father, and friend that inspired and led many to know the Jesus he served.

Online condolences may be made to the family at oaklawnmemorial.com
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, June 16th, 2019 | 3:00pm
    Sunday, June 16th, 2019 3:00pm
    Oak Lawn Funeral Home
    1786 Smithville Hwy
    Sparta, TN 38583
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Monday, June 17th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Monday, June 17th, 2019 11:00am
    Cumberland Heights Church of Christ
    1600 Memorial Hwy
    DOYLE, TN 38559
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  • Interment

    O'Connor Cemetery
    Sparta, TN 38583


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Ken Rude

Posted at 06:11pm
Karen and Family Members:

We were so sad to read the obituary on Dale. Our hearts go out to you all. May he rest in Peace.

The Rude Family (Ken & Edie)
Sandyston, NJ

Love, Sarah & Dustin Brann and Bettie & Lynn Dever

Posted at 12:09pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. You now have an extra angel shining down on you!
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Fred Higgenbottom

Posted at 01:03pm
The words written here will not long endure nor will they prove meaningful. There are simply no words to describe the feelings we have in losing the physical presence of those we love to our hated enemy of death. I'm dealing with some of those emotions myself with a profound sense of relinquishment in Dale's passing. For me such relinquishment has always been the equivalent of being kicked in the gut by a mule and having all the air in the room sucked out.

I was Dales' High School friend and teammate and we had each other’s back. Our whole lives were before us as youngsters in those days playing on championship football and basketball teams together for the White County High School Warriors during my junior and senior years (Dale was a year behind me).

We used to rag on each other all the time (as friends and teammates good naturedly do) and I called Dale Mau-Mau because as linebacker he was an incredibly gifted athlete who was a ferocious head hunter for our WCHS football team. Loved and admired the guy and I'm deeply saddened by his passing and also by what his precious family is enduring right now. Dale is beyond the pale of our prayers now. But he will never be beyond our thoughts and memories and he will not be forgotten by his many friends and teammates. Dale's family members will linger in our thoughts and prayers until we too pierce the veil of this life to join him. God bless each of you in the pain and struggles you're dealing with right now and grant you a sense of peace during your time of grief.


Linda (Saylors) Wilson

Posted at 12:28pm
My Aunt Arah and Uncle Ben Howard lived next door to dale's mom/dad and I stayed with them 1/2 of my growing-up years. I played in the dirt with Dale and Lynda and we dug up worms to go fishing in the ponds. TOO many other games we played to mention. His brother Donnie was a sweetheart of my sister so all of us were soooo close. I've been praying for Dale for years since learning about the loss of his daughter. Cant imagine!!
Learned of his kidney loss few months back and just devastated to learn that. Know 1st hand about that too. To all of the family....So sorry I wont be able to get to Sparta to express how sad I am to learn of his passing. Life can be so hard on this Earth so please know God is in your corner and so am I. Linda Saylors (Wilson) Chattanooga, TN

S. Ellis

Posted at 12:55pm
May you have comfort in the memories of your loved one. (2 Corinthians 1:3, 4) The
Bible gives a real hope of being reunited again with your loved one. It promises that
your loved one will soon come back to life in the resurrection to a peaceful paradise
on the earth. (John 5:28, 29)


S. Ellis

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