Army Specialist Sonny Lee Farmer of Moneta, Virginia, a beloved son, father, brother, grandson, hero and friend.
He was born on March 10, 1990, a son of Bradley (Sabrina) E. Farmer and Virginia L. Caldwell.
He graduated in 2008 from Jefferson Forest High School where he played basketball for the high school basketball team. He played sports since the age of 5. He was on the wrestling team, football team, t-ball, baseball, and his favorite, basketball.
Sonny liked Virginia Tech football, Duke basketball and Redskins football. Sonny loved being outside and hanging with friends. He never met a stranger and was always gravitating to children. He had a great laugh and would be the first to stand up for a friend.
He served six years in the United States Army with three tours in Afghanistan. It was on his last Operation Enduring Freedom tour in Afghanistan, April 2012-January 2013, when he gained such a strong forever lasting bond with all of his combat buddies. Now each of them have taken over a new role as being new family to his two older sisters, who want to thank all of A-52nd Spartans for stepping up for Sonny, being there and supporting his family.
He is preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Charles E. Farmer; and maternal grandmother, Sylvia Caldwell.
Along with his parents he is survived by his paternal grandmother, Joan Farmer; maternal grandfather, Robert “Sonny” Caldwell; son, Gavin Farmer; brother, Steven P. Clement; sisters, Jessica Joseph, Tiffany Farmer-Bowyer and husband Matthew, Dawn Farmer; nephews, Jordan, Jino, Jay, Josiah; nieces, Makenzy, Mary Beth; aunt, Vicky Farmer Bergin and husband Bob. The family wishes to give a special thank you to Esker and Aubrey Via, Kevin Pate, Safwan Williams, Kevin Colran, Scott Arney, Todd and Michele Trumble and the many others who have loved Sonny.
SPC Sonny Lee Farmer lost his battle with PTS on November 9, 2016. He was 26 years old.