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

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 are subjected to prostate cancer and Parkinson’s disease, succumbed 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 rite 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 procure 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 misfortunes and victories he helped build 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 at the historic Ebenezer Baptist church where he was a member for over 60 years.

“He was such an integral component 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 arrangings will be handled by Willie A. Watkins Funeral Home in Atlanta.

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