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Brother-in-law of Martin Luther King Jr. dies at 83

ATLANTA – The brother-in-law of Martin Luther King Jr. and one of the founders of The Martin Luther King Center for Nonviolent Social Change is death.

Isaac Newton Farris, Sr., who was suffering from prostate cancer and Parkinson’s disease, died at Atlanta his home on Saturday morning, his daughter Angela Farris-Watkins told The Associated Press. He was 83.

Farris married Christine King in a ceremony conducted by Martin Luther King Jr. and their brother, A. D. King on Aug. 19, 1960.

“He was not captured wedding in a prominent family,” Farris-Watkins said by phone. “He was secure in his own right.”

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

“By the tragedies and the victories that he helped in the construction of 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 of the historic Ebenezer Baptist church, where he was a member for more than 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 cousins, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Funeral arrangements will be handled by Willie A. Watkins Funeral Home in Atlanta.

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