After a short stay at Duke Hospital, God called him home on May 16, 2013. Born a "simple country boy" in Gladys, VA, he was a middle son of 5 to Mary and William Fariss. He graduated from William Campbell High School and served his country in US Air Force where he graduated with honors from their communications program.
He was married for 39 years to the love of his life, the woman he called "his bride", Amy Fariss. He was "Daddy" to "his girls", Elisa and Carrie and will always be "Poppy" to his grandson Weston. To everyone else, he was simply "Mr. T".
Wendell will always be considered home to his family. He loved Saturday hot dogs at Aubrey's, golfing at Wendell CC, and being a long-time member and softball team pitcher for St. Eugene's Catholic Church.
He would say that his greatest accomplishments were his marriage, "his girls", and being a part of the Forest Lane family.
He is survived by his wife, Amy, daughter and son-in-law, Elisa and Jay Mosier and grandson, Weston, of Raleigh. Daughter, Carrie Fariss, of Charlotte. His brother, Royal Fariss and wife Ann, sister Jane Fariss, brothers Roger Fariss and wife Carol, and Danny Fariss and wife Corliss, as well as many nieces and nephews, all of Rustburg, VA. And his beloved "granddogs", McCoy and Bailey.
Visitation will be held Tuesday from 6-8 PM at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 300 St. Mary's St. Raleigh. Memorial Service will be at 2 PM on Wednesday at Covenant Church, 12621 Strickland Rd, Raleigh.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of Wake County and Covenant Church.