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Family of fatal crash victim thanks those that helped


The family of a recent accident victim in the infamous Johnson Curve in Langdale wants the community to know a little more about the man who died of his injuries in that accident.

Teresa Haney noted that the name of the victim had not been used in the newspaper coverage of the accident and the subsequent discussion of the safety concerns with the roadway.

“Please be advised that the family of the victim wanted to share with friends and family that the passenger killed in that car accident was William Barry Farr of Opelika, Ala.,” a letter from the family said. “Barry attended Shawmut Elementary and then Opelika High School where he graduated in 1960. He later attended Auburn University where he graduated in 1972. He later retired from Borbet in Opelika, where his co-workers called him “The General!”

Farr is survived by his mother, Mrs. Mary Helen Farr (husband, William Monroe, deceased) of Opelika; son, Billy Farr (wife Jane) of Auburn; daughter Kim (Farr) Hollingsworth (husband Randy) of Birmingham, Ala.; sister, Teresa (Farr) Haney (husband Robert) of Hagerstown, Md.; and sister, Ann Hiett (husband Russell) of Winchester, Va.

“Our family has since learned that several individuals worked diligently to break open the car window of his vehicle that was submerged in the rushing, murky waters of the creek that day. He was then pulled up a rocky hill to an awaiting medevac helicopter to Columbus Regional Hospital in Columbus, Ga., where he later passed away due to severe head injuries,” the letter continued.

“The Farr Family would like to publicly extend a heartfelt `thank you` to all of the emergency personnel and law enforcement that assisted with the accident. May God bless all of you and your families.”