John graduated from Troy University with a B.S. in Accounting and St. Petersburg College with an A.S. in Mortuary Science. Advanced education in the funeral, cremation and cemetery profession includes a diploma from the ICCFA University in Memphis, Tennessee. He is a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer, Certified Crematory Operator, Certified Public Accountant, and Owner of Farley Funeral Homes and Crematory.
His civic and professional involvement has included positions with church boards, Salvation Army Advisory Board, United Way Allocations Panel, All Faiths Food Bank, City of Venice Planning Commission, South County YMCA, Past President of the Florida Funeral Directors Association, and the Florida Cemetery, Funeral and Cremation Association. Professional memberships also include both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants.