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ATLANTA (AP) – 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, died 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 cer­e­mony per­formed by Martin Luther King Jr. and their brother A.D. King on Aug. 19, 1960.

“He wasn't caught up mar­ry­ing into a prom­i­nent fam­ily,'' Far­ris-Watkins said by phone. “He was se­cure in his own right.''

Far­ris was a suc­cess­ful en­tre­pre­neur and founder of Far­ris Color Vi­sions. He also served a pro­ject man­ager for the construction of The King Cen­ter.

“Through all the tragedies and vic­to­ries he helped build the King Cen­ter,” Far­risWatkins said.

The cen­ter was founded by Martin Luther King's wife, Coretta Scott King.

Far­ris was also a dea­con and trustee at the his­toric Ebenezer Bap­tist church where he was a mem­ber 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 sur­vived 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 ar­range­ments will be han­dled by Wil­lie A. Watkins Fu­neral Home in Atlanta.


Isaac New­ton Far­ris Sr., brother-in-law of King Jr., is sur­vived by his wife Chris­tine.

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