Henderson celebrates longest serving Alderman

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Johny Farris (center) stands in front of his Celebration of Service cake with Jim Garland, Mark Barber, Jason Rhodes, Buel Maness Eddy Patterson, Bobby King and Keith Smith.

On Friday Sept. 4, Henderson officials and residents came to city hall to celebrate the service of Johny Farris as a Henderson Alderman.
Farris has served on the board of aldermen for 28 years which is the longest a person has served in Henderson history.
The community had a lot of good words to say about Farris and his years of service.
“I know when you voted, you voted from the heart. You have been a tremendous asset for the city,” Henderson Judge Charles E. (Eddy) Patterson said to Farris.
“He was always looking out for the long term,” said City Recorder Jim Garland. “That was something we always benefited from.”
Alderman Buel Maness said, “His ideas wouldn’t always agree with mine and my ideas wouldn’t always agree with his but we are friends.”
Like Maness and others, Farris’s friendship with Henderson Police Chief Gary Davidson was special to Davidson.
“He was always someone I could talk to,” Davidson said.
Mayor Bobby King said all he had to say about Farris; everything from his service to their friendship.
“He’s been a great friend and mentor for me over the years, even when I was in the sheriff’s department, and I’m going to miss him very much so,” King said. “The thing about it, he would honestly give you his opinion. If he thought you were wrong, he would tell you you were wrong and why. That will be something I will really miss. I guarantee every decision he made had nothing to do with politics or political favor or political gain. His decision was what he honestly thought was the best decision.”