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Local firefighter receives last call before being laid to rest

Firefighter honored with flyover and given full honors.

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The body of local firefighter and fire commissioner Clyde Ray Farmer takes his last ride on a Caddo Parish Fire District No. 8 fire truck to a burial site near Ida, Louisiana. - By Danny Lawler

A local firefighter received his official last call for duty Sunday afternoon before his body was laid to rest in northern Caddo Parish.

Caddo Parish Fire District No. 8 firefighter Clyde Ray Farmer has been a longtime volunteer firefighter for the local fire district that serves Vivian, Ida, Mira, Hosston, and the surrounding extreme northern Caddo Parish area and even served on the Board for Fire District No. 8, and volunteered his time to serving as a firefighter for the neighboring Fire District No. 7.

Farmer died suddenly Tuesday, less than 24 hours after responding to a call, according to District 8 Chaplain Howard Brownell. He was also well-known in the community after serving many years as an oil rig operator in the area before retiring and devoting his time to serving his community.

Farmer's legacy lives on as his son Jerry Farmer and grandson Garrett Farmer continue their devotion to volunteering on the local fire district, as they have served for many years.

Following the funeral service at the First Baptist Church in Vivian, Clyde Farmer's casket was placed on a fire truck where it was escorted by dozens of local firefighters and law enforcement personnel along with family and friends to a cemetery near Ida, Louisiana.

As a tribute to Farmer's service, a last call was broadcast over the Fire District radio with Farmer's last call of duty, which was to report to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in Heaven. After the radio broadcoast, the LifeAir Helicopter flew over the graveside service as a tribute to Farmer's service and devotion to helping others as Mike McConnell played the bagpipes leaving no dry eyes at the service.

Clyde Ray Farmer


Clyde Ray Farmer, 73 of Ida, LA passed away April 23, 2013. Funeral services will be held at 2 pm on Sunday, April 28, 2013 at First Baptist Church in Vivian, LA officiated by Rev. Kevin Smith assisted by Howie Brownell. Burial will follow at Bethsaida Cemetery in Ida, LA. There will be a time of visitation on Saturday the 27th from 6-8 pm at the funeral home.

Clyde was born April 22, 1940 to Roy Clyde and Junie Carter Farmer in Shreveport, LA and he lived all of his life in Ida, LA. He was a member of the Bethsaida Baptist Church in Ida. He was on the Volunteer Fire Department of Fire District 7 and 8, and he was on the Board for Fire District 8. He was retired from being a rig operator in the oil business. Clyde was known as Paw Paw to everyone. He touched so many people; He was always willing to help anyone, and would do it with a smile. He will be greatly missed in the community and by everyone who knew him.

Clyde was preceded in death by his wife of 48 ½ years Chris, their twin sons, Terry & Larry, his father Roy Clyde Farmer and his brother Billy Jo Farmer. He is survived by his son, Jerry Farmer of Ida, LA, his mother Junie Farmer of Vivian, LA, his 2 grandchildren, Garrett Farmer and Ashley Farmer, his brother Homer Farmer and wife Sue of Carthage, TX, and numerous other relatives.

Pallbearers will be friends, family and firemen. 

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