Jodfrie Edwin Farrell was born on January 20, 1961, in Atlantic City, New Jersey to Louis E. Farrell and Rosalyn A. Farrell. He departed his earthly life and went to be with the Lord on Monday, December 31, 2018.
Jody, as he was affectionately called, attended the Atlantic City Public School system and worked for the State of New Jersey as a Bridge Operator for 10 years. In 1991, Jody was involved in a serious motorcycle accident that ultimately left him paralyzed. During this trying time, Jody learned to depend on God's unfailing grace and mercy. His faith was renewed and like always, God showed up and showed out.
Jody nicknamed himself JoJo Dancer, based on the semi-autobiographical film starring Richard Pryor. He knew that after his accident, nothing would stop him from being more focused on life. Jody quickly persevered, earning an Associate's Degree from Atlantic Cape Community College, a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from Rutgers-Camden University and a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Colorado Technology University. While attending school, Jody also worked helping people who were confined to nursing homes and at the Rescue Mission.
As the baby of the family, Jody was adored by his big sister, Michele. On many occasions, Michele would invite Jody to join her for "movie night" only to watch him scream and run to tell their parents she had forced him to watch another scary movie—usually her favorite, "The Outer Limits." Jody ALWAYS snitched on Michele earning her countless beatings over the years. He would ultimately make up for this by becoming her closest friend and confidant, who she would laugh with about many things. Michele often recalls riding on the back of Jody's Kawasaki ZX10 motorcycle while the two of them traveled to visit their dad on lunch break at Lenox China. To say that their bond was special is truly an understatement.
Michele was not the only family member to have the pleasure of caring for Jody. His cousins Mark and Byron, who were more like older brothers, also enjoyed this responsibility. They both admit that this was no easy task due to Jody's strong will and stubborn streak. They remember one occasion where Jody took Byron for a motorcycle ride. When they took off, Byron landed on the ground and Jody, unknowingly, continued riding. Jody loved living with his two cousins, Lionel and Launzel, oftentimes breaking curfew and getting busted for sneaking in the house late. He also formed very special bonds with his cousin, Lavern, and his New York cousins, Junie and Monique.
Jody was not only a loving family member but also a devoted friend to many. Jody shared his love of motorcycles with his buddy Pete (Peter Rabbit). They often enjoyed riding through many cities and states, working on their hot rod cars, and more importantly, studying the Bible together. Rory and Jody traveled to Florida together, calling one another regularly and looking forward to their annual birthday ritual. Douglas (Doodles) and Jody always enjoyed lengthy conversations, watching boxing matches, discussing various boxers, and playing games. Kerwin checked on Jody regularly, while Dave talked with Jody almost daily reminiscing about the past. Stephanie, his friend and college partner, also kept in touch sharing long talks about life, dogs, and how much Jody enjoyed eating the popcorn that she sent to him.
Although Jody loved his family and friends, his first commitment was his "children". He especially enjoyed raising his 3 canine sons, Von Kruger, Shoot and Shane. Shoot and Shane would often be seen under Jody's chair and refusing to leave his side.
Jody was a man of many interests and talents. Jody sang and played the trumpet as a hobby. When Philadelphia native Gene moved to Atlantic City, they formed a "Do Whop" singing group and sang for the Venice Park neighborhood.
Like many devoted EAGLES fans, Jody kept hope alive for a Super Bowl win. His prayers were FINALLY answered on February 4, 2018 when the dirty birds went on to defeat the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII.
More than anything in life, Jody was deeply and truly thankful to his mom, dad and sister for loving him unconditionally, caring for and nurturing him every day of his life. But he was especially thankful that they introduced him God which ultimately led him to have a personal relationship with his Savior and Redeemer.
Jodfrie is pre-deceased by his mother, Rosalyn and survived by his father, Louis Farrell of Atlantic City, NJ; sister, Michele Farrell of Petersburg, NJ; uncle, Joseph Longdon of Atlantic City, NJ; aunts, Millicent Bent of Pleasantville, NJ and Doris Weekes of New York, NY; cousins/big brothers, Ronald Branch (Sheila), Mark Longdon and Byron Branch (Debbie); cousin/little brother, Kijana Bent; cousins, Lionel Longdon, Launzel Longdon, Rickey Weeekes (Rod), Yvonne Sturges (Eddie), Wanda , Monique Gresham, (James ), James Weekes Jr., Lavern, cousins/adopted nieces Azhane, Kalea and Danielle, his long-time friends, Pete, Doug, Kerwin Dave, Darryl, Eric, and a host of family and friends.
Funeral services will be Noon, Saturday, January 12, 2019, In His Image Ministries, 119 South Franklin Boulevard, Pleasantville, NJ, where friends may call from 10AM. Interment to follow in Atlantic City Cemetery, Pleasantville.
Arrangements entrusted to Greenidge Funeral Homes, Inc., where condolences may be left www.greenidgefuneralhomes.com.