ATLANTA- The brother-in-law of Martin Luther King Jr. and a founding member of The Martin Luther King Center for Nonviolent Social Change has died.
Isaac Newton Farris Sr ., who suffered from prostate cancer and Parkinson's disease, vanished at his Atlanta home on Saturday morning, his daughter Angela Farris-Watkins told The Associated Press. He was 83.
Farris married Christine King in a ritual performed by Martin Luther King Jr. and their friend A.D. King on Aug. 19, 1960.
“He wasn't caught up wedding into a prominent household, ” Farris-Watkins said by phone. “He was self-assured in his own right.”
Farris was a successful inventor and the founding fathers of Farris Color Visions. He also served a project overseer for the construction of The King Center.
“Through all the tragedies and success he helped improve the King Center, ” Farris-Watkins said.
The center was founded by Martin Luther King's wife, Coretta Scott King.
Farris was also a deacon and trustee at the historical Ebenezer Baptist church where he was a representative for over 60 years.
“He was such an integral part of our family who will be sorely missed, ” Farris-Watkins said.
In addition to his daughter, Farris is lived by his wife, Christine, his son Isaac Farris Jr ., his granddaughter, Farris Watkins, his sister Gail Farris Joyce and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral layouts will be handled by Willie A. Watkins Funeral Home in Atlanta.
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