Thelma Louise Qualls Farris West, age 86, of McKinney, Texas, formerly from Sparta, Tennessee passed away on Sunday, February 9, 2020 at Settlers Ridge Care Center in Celina, Texas.
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Louise was born on May 6, 1933 in White County to the late John “Shorty” Qualls and Mary Lou (Fletcher) Qualls. As the only girl among six brothers, she was doted on and well protected!
She enjoyed her time in the restaurant business as owner/operator of Farris Lunchroom by the old White County High School, Cliff’s Drive-in on the Cookeville Highway, Farris Diner on Mayberry Street, and Cane Hollow Restaurant. She later worked in the healthcare profession at NHC and Hilltoppers Group Home. Louise was a member of First Baptist Church Sparta and attended First Baptist McKinney during her time in Texas over the last eleven years.
Louise was a proud mother to three children, five grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. She was an avid reader and cherished time with her family. She loved to cook for her friends and family and made the best fried apple pies. Louise enjoyed dancing at the Senior Center in McKinney every Monday, and she loved and babied her puppies.
In addition to her parents, Louise is preceded in death by her siblings Donald (Jo Ellen Harvey), James (Florene), Booke (Mildred), Leon, Clarence, and sister-in-law Dimple Qualls; her first husband and children’s father, Clifton Farris; and second husband Bill West.
She is survived by her Brother, Horace Qualls of Sparta Tennessee and Sister-in-Law, Mae Blansett.
Daughter: June Davis of Columbia, Tennessee
Son: John (Laura) Farris of Sparta, Tennessee
Daughter: Lisa (Mike) Crates of McKinney, Texas
Grandchildren: Linus Byars, Ceseley (Jimmy) LaPere, Kara (Nathan)
Johnson, Megan (Sampson) Choate, and Lexi Crates
Great-Grandchildren: Tanner LaPere, Noah Byars, Carter LaPere, Madeline Byars, Grayson LaPere, Bruce Johnson, Allie LaPere, Jack Johnson, Tom Johnson, Levi Choate, Rinzie Johnson
A memorial service will be held at Oaklawn Funeral Home in Sparta, Tennessee on Sunday, March 8, 2020 at 2:00 PM. The family will receive friends from 12:00-2:00 PM. Burial will be at Highland Cemetery. Jeff Miller will be officiating the service.
Online condolences may be made to the family at oaklawnmemorial.com