A Special Message from the Farlow Family
Our first child, Nathan Wells Farlow, was born January 2, 1988.
Nathan’s high energy was evident from birth. The nurses in the hospital nursery were amazed by the way he repeatedly worked his way to the end of his bed, requiring them to reposition him. During a co-op in college, Nathan was nicknamed “Turbo” due to his extraordinary drive and tenacity. We were blessed as parents to watch how Nathan’s drive and energy were instrumental to his success in each facet of his life.
As an adult, Nathan strove for excellence in every endeavor. He had a fantastic job with ExxonMobil, a loving wife, and a daughter on the way. Outside of work, Nathan did not rest. His energy and faith in Jesus compelled him to serve his family and friends, his church, and Literacy Advance of Houston.
At Literacy Advance, Nathan found people working hard to gain the literacy skills needed to change their lives. This touched Nathan in a profound way. He was always looking to improve himself and those around him. Nathan chose to help others reach their God-given potential by investing in the work of Literacy Advance.
In January of 2014, at 26 years old, Nathan became the youngest person to ever join the Literacy Advance Board of Directors. He jumped in with both feet and brought his brand of excellence to every aspect of the organization. Whether the focus was performance metrics or student satisfaction, Nathan was dedicated to making sure Literacy Advance was exceptional.
Tragically, on October 5, 2014, on his way home from work – just three weeks after the birth of his beautiful daughter, Elissa Rose – Nathan was hit and killed by a drunk driver.
Nathan can never be replaced. His legacy of extraordinary service and commitment to help others will inspire many to do more with their lives.
Our desire in writing this letter is to continue his work at Literacy Advance and to ask you to join us in honoring Nathan’s memory.
We ask that you make a gift to the “1988 Fund,” which has been created in memory of our son.
Your gift will honor Nathan’s legacy by transforming the lives of students and moving them forward on their journey to self-reliance.
Thank you for allowing us to share Nathan’s story and for joining Nathan in supporting the students at Literacy Advance.
May God bless you,
Arnold & Beth Farlow
- 175 adult students took reading classes (Adult Basic Education, or ABE)
- 1,165 adult students took English classes (English as a Second Language, or ESL)
- 770 classes of all types (reading + English + supplemental)
- 99% of students made progress toward a life goal
- 260 volunteer tutors
- 10 Family Literacy Events
- 850 Family Literacy attendees
- Over 2,000 new books given out to kids
- 600+ check-in phone calls made in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey