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Vigil held for Beckley woman allegedly killed by husband


Lynette Farley's friends, family and coworkers joined together Sunday night to remember a mother of three whose life was taken too soon.

"She was an amazing woman," her sister Melvennia Clark said. "Very quiet, very subtle, always loved to help people. She loved her family dearly. There was nothing she wouldn't do for us."

West Virginia State Police found Lynette's body on Friday in a shallow grave. That same day they arrested her husband, Johnnie Farley, who has been charged with first degree murder.

"I thought she was so happy," Clark said when asked if she saw any signs of distress. "She just seemed like everything was so together. And her thing was making people happy. It's hard to tell behind that smile."

Clark says she suspected something wasn't right in the marriage, but never thought it would end like this.

"We talked about it Monday, which is a couple days before she went missing. She called me and we talked about maybe her moving, but she had to wait. I just wish I had maybe come and gotten her sooner."

Both Lynette and Johnnie worked at the Jackie Withrow Hospital for many years. Lynette was a health service worker and Johnnie worked in the house keeping department. Johnnie retired last year after more than 20 years there.

"Yes, Johnnie, as far as we all knew, or I should say as far as I knew was a nice guy," hospital CEO ?? told WVVA. "And of course Lynette, I can't say enough about her. She never brought anything to me that would make me think that there was potential of her having a demise like this one."

The hospital is displaying a large wreath in front in remembrance of Lynette. And it will remain lit through all of October, which is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

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