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Richard Ashby Farrier, Jr.
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Obituary for Richard Ashby Farrier, Jr.

Richard Ashby Farrier, Jr., 58, of Charleston, South Carolina died Friday March 24, 2017.

He was born on January 29, 1959 in Staunton, Virginia to the late Richard Ashby Farrier and Kitty Byrne Farrier.

Richard graduated from The Citadel (1981) with a B.A. in history. He played offensive tackle and was a captain of the football team. He earned first-team All-Southern Conference honors as a senior and won the Joe Missar Trophy that signifies the team’s best lineman. Richard was inducted into the Citadel Hall of Fame in 2010. He earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of South Carolina (1985).

Richard was an equity partner and head of the South Carolina litigation department at global law firm K&L Gates. He was a true titan in the South Carolina Bar, and was considered to be one of the finest trial lawyers in the country, as evidenced by his induction into the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers and the American Board of Trial Advocates, as well as his annual selection by peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America and South Carolina Super Lawyers publications.

The accomplishment for which he was most professionally proud, however, was his mentorship of numerous budding young trial lawyers throughout his thirty-six year legal career. He found great joy in participating as a Chairman of the City of Charleston Board of Architectural Review-Small, preserving the beauty of the city he loved. Richard was also a long time member and a deacon of Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian church. A vibrant man, Richard took the utmost pride in his family, friends, and most importantly his sense of humor.

He is survived by his mother, Kitty Farrier; his daughters Hanna Farrier, Emily Fahl, and Lydia Farrier; his son Mac Farrier; and his two sisters Kathleen Carlton Farrier and Elizabeth Melshen.

The Memorial Service will be Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 11:00 AM at Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church, 302 Hibben Street, Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, 29464 with a reception at the church immediately following the ceremony and a reception at K&L Gates, 134 Meeting St., 5th Floor, from 3-5PM.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his memory to the Senior Ride Connection or Pet Helpers of Charleston, SC.

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Arrangements entrusted to McAlister-Smith Funeral Home, Mt Pleasant, 1520 Rifle Range Road Mt Pleasant, South Carolina, 29464, 843-884-3833.

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11:00 AM
Mount Pleasant Presbyterian Church

302 Hibben Street
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464


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