by Barbara A. Oliver, managing editor

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BNc) — Dr. Henry Farrar, long-time medical missionary and surgeon collapsed while working at Carthage Hospital on Feb. 17, and as a result suffered a serious spinal injury. He was taken to the St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville, where he died on Feb. 22 at 1:25 a.m.

Dr. Farrar was the founder of the Nigerian Christian Hospital, served as a board member for Healing Hands International and was an elder at the College Hills church in Lebanon, Tenn. Farrar also spent a year at Chimala Mission Hospital in Chimala, Tanzania and a year at the China Medical University.

In 2005, Dr. Farrar, along with his wife, was made a chief by the people of Asa, Nigeria. Though in his eighties, Henry and his wife Grace continued to travel to Nigeria, escorting teams of American health care professionals and students.

“Dr. Farrar was a tremendous influence for Christ and His cause in Nigeria over a long period of time serving sacrificially and as a tremendous example,” said Dale Jenkins, evangelist and pulpit minister with the Spring Meadows church, Spring Hill, Tenn.

The family has planned two memorial services, one in Lebanon, Tenn., on Feb. 27, and one in Searcy, Ark., on March 1. Details can be obtained at the Caring Bridge website.