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Visitation: 6:00-8:00 PM, Thursday January 11, 2018 at Whitley's Funeral Home.
Service: 1:30 p.m., Friday January 12th at Whitley's Funeral Home Chapel.
Interment: West Lawn Memorial Park China Grove, North Carolina.
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James Leonard McFarland, 68, of Kannapolis, NC passed away at Big Elm Retirement Center on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018.

James was born on March 18, 1949 in Cherokee Co., SC son of the late Frances Ailene McFarland. In addition to his mother, he is also preceded in death by his brother, Clarence “Lee” McFarland.

James was a U.S. Army veteran serving in Vietnam. He was employed with the Pillowtex Cannon Mill where worked as a chemical mixer and had later worked for Medical Mobility. James was a member of Victory Temple Church.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 47 years, Carol McKinney McFarland; a son, Brian McFarland and a daughter, Tamala Ramirez(Ruben) and six grandchildren: Amelia Moore(Greg), Andrew Ramirez, Brannon McFarland, Colin McFarland, Max McFarland and Will McFarland. Also, by a great-grandson, Zackary Ramirez and two sisters; Sandra Brown (Joe) and Debbie Ashby (Virgil).

The service for Mr. McFarland will be held at 1:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 12th at Whitley’s Funeral Home Chapel conducted by Rev. Gary Posey. Burial will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park in China Grove. The family will receive friends from 6-8:00 p.m., Thursday.
Memorials can be left at: Victory Temple, 3101 Cline School Rd, Concord, NC 28025.
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From: The Hooks Family
"So very sorry to hear of Mr. McFarlands passing. We know that he will be missed dearly. Treasure all his wonderful memories and know that we are thinking of and praying for all."
From: Donna wacaster
"Tammy @family im so sorry for your loss now he will be with my mom an dad.love all of you."
From: Barbara Grant-Kelly
"It is with a heavy heart that I am writing this message. Mr. McFarland was an awesome man that I had the pleasure of meeting during the time of his brother Clarence's passing. He showed great concern and love for his family as they dealt with said loss. He showed himself to be a man of God that spoke life over his great niece and nephew whom I had guardianship over during this period. My thoughts and prayers are continuously with the McFarland family as they lay this great man to his final rest. Respectfully Barbara Grant-Kelly."
From: cdebbie and mike mauldin
"Carol, Tammy, and Brian, James was a dear friend. He will be missed. The whole family are in our prayers. RIP our friend JAMES.... Love to you all."
From: Betty Walter
"As the arms of God envelop you, I pray you feel the warmth of His love and comfort. Our dear brother James will be greatly missed at our church. He was a wonderful man full of joy. I will miss his shouts of praise to the Most High God. My prayers and love are with you all."
From: Ronald and Jean Chandler
"So sorry for your loss. We are praying for you all."