Emory Charles Pharr, 85, a poet and former newspaperman who worked for the old Weather Bureau for 36 years before retiring in 1965, died Saturday at his home in Arlington after a heart attack.

Mr. Pharr was in charge of supplies at the bureau, which is now the National Weather Service.

He was the author of two volumes of poetry, "Wild Geese Fly High," published in 1965, and "Calling Winds," published in 1977. In addition, his poetry appeared in such newspapers as The New York Times, The Minneapolis Star and The Northern Virginia Sun and magazines such as American Bard, Good Housekeeping and Woman's Home Companion.

Mr. Pharr was a native of Gainesville, Ga. He attended Emory College at Oxford, Ga., and received an honorary Doctorate of Literature from Emory University in Atlanta.

Before beginning his government service, he worked as a reporter and editor, for several daily newspapers in Georgia, California and Florida.

After retiring from the Weather Bureau, he worked part-time as an editor and reporter for the Northern Virginia Sun for about 10 years.

A Navy veteran of both world wars, Mr. Pharr served aboard a troop transport ship in the Atlantic during World War I. He served in the Naval Reserve during World War II.

He was a member of Veterans of World War I of the U.S.A., Inc., the Southern States Conference of Veterans of World War I and the John Lyon Post No. 3150 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He was a Mason and a member of Arlington Centennial Lodge No. 81 and the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Alexandria Consistory.

Mr. Pharr was a longtime member and Poet Laureate of Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church here.

His wife, the former Ruth Anne Bauman, died in 1977.

Survivors include a daughter, Ruth Anne Pharr Sayer of Pennington, N.J.; a sister, Mrs. Newton G. Hardie of Pendleton, S.C., and three grandchildren.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions in his name to Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church.