ALBANY -- Mr. Sam Farkas, 91, of Albany died December 30, 2012 at Willson Hospice House.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, January 2, 2013 11 AM at Crown Hill Cemetery with military honors. Mr. David Stern officiated.
Sam Farkas was born October 25, 1921, the eldest son of Anise McCormack Farkas and George Washington Farkas. He attended local schools, graduating from Albany High School. He attended the Citadel in Charleston, SC and the University of Georgia. At the onset of WWII he joined the Army Air Corp as a radioman on bombardiers. He served in Italy and North Africa. His plane was piloted at one time by the famous movie star; Jimmy Stewart.
At war's end he returned to Albany and thoroughly enjoyed managing the family owned New Albany Hotel, where he gave Ray Charles a job playing piano in the famous Continental Room on the cellar of the hotel.
He married the love of his life after knowing her one month, 63 years ago. The couple made friends with movie stars, Broadway producers and Generals over the years.
After many years he left the hotel to open F&F Industrial Chemicals followed by Container Services, Inc. which he opened with his son. He was a longtime member of Temple Bnai' Israel.
His hobbies included traveling the world with his wife and close friends, the Lorig's. He and Marvin Lorig had been best friends since Sam was five years old and Marvin is now 94.
He was a self-taught magician and hypnotist. As his fame spread he worked with doctors and their patients to overcome such issues as smoking and obesity. He also donated his hypnosis skills to civic organizations in fund-raising efforts. He entertained at many parties for family and friends over the years with his talents.
He donated his time and magic talents to entertain hundreds of children at the Jr. Museum over the years. He also donated his time and talent to entertain returning Vietnam War wounded Vets, both in Philadelphia, PA and Walter Reid Hospital in Washington, DC.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his daughter, Anchell.
He is survived by his wife, Elane Farkas of Albany, daughters, Lorie Farkas Van Linden and her husband Bill of Albany and Janet Weinberger and her husband Mark of Augusta, GA, son, Sam Farkas, III of Albany, grandchildren, Lane, Joshua, Samuel, Karly, Abby, Blake and Kelsey, and several great-grandchildren.
He leaves behind his brother, Leonard Farkas and his sister, "Sister" Wigzell, along with a myriad of nieces and nephews.
In lieu of Flowers, please make memorials to the SOWEGA Council on Aging, 1105 Palmyra Rd. Albany, GA 31701 or to your favorite charity.
You may sign the online guest book and share your own special thoughts with the family of Mr. Farkas by visiting Kimbrell-Stern's website at www.kimbrellstern.com.
Kimbrell-Stern Funeral Directors