Alderman At Large
Calvin Farmer grew up in the Town of Walls, where he attended Sacred Heart Catholic School.
A talented athlete, Farmer was the first African American inducted into the Bishop Byrnes High School Hall of Fame in Memphis, Tenn. There he still holds the title for all-time leading basketball scorer. After winning state championships with Motlow State Community College in
Tullahoma, Tenn., he attended Houston Tillison University in Austin, Texas and earned a degree in physical education. In 1986, Farmer was drafted in the Contentinal Basketball Association.
When Farmer returned to Walls, and quickly became involved with various community committees and worked to bring new and affordable housing to the town’s residents. He continues to share his experience with young people interested in sports and going to college by offering training and hosting athletic tournaments.
It was that drive that led Farmer to the town’s board of alderman. He and Dr. Leslie-Burl McLemore were the first African-Americans to run for office and the first to be elected to the board in the town’s history.
Farmer was previously an assistant basketball coach at Rust College and is employed with the Baker and Donelson law firm.