O ur Founder
Pioneer funeral director, Frank K. McFarland, Sr. began his career selling caskets with Ballenger’s a general merchandise store in Tryon. After studying with Brown’s in Raleigh, NC, he passed the State embalming examination on May 2, 1911, becoming the first licensed embalmer in Polk County. He immediately began operating the F. K. McFarland Funeral Home on Main Street in Tryon. “Senior,” as he became known, was assisted by his wife, Flora Fisher McFarland, as secretary and receptionist. Their quiet, understanding manner earned them a reputation of offering professional services with dignity.
From Then Until Now
Frank McFarland, Jr. joined his father full time in the funeral home in l946 after completing a stint in the Navy during WWII. Frank Jr. graduated from Cincinnati College of Embalming in l943.
F. K. McFarland, III began working in the funeral industry after graduating from Wofford College and Gupton Jones College of Funeral Service. He married Darlene Grigg McFarland in 1981. A graduate of Western Carolina University, she began working at the funeral home in 1984. After the birth of their son, Frank Kenneth “Keen” McFarland, IV in l988, she too earned her funeral directors license.
Construction of a new facility on Highway 108 was completed in 1962. At that time the firm was changed to McFarland Funeral Chapel, Inc. The Williamsburg style building, which features a large chapel, has changed little in appearance since being built.
As the needs of the community changed our facility was updated. In 1979 an on-site crematory was added to the business. With the increased interest in preneed and prefunded funerals an upgrade in 1995 added additional office space
Assisting the McFarland family today are three licensed embalmers and two part-time employees. This group of dedicated individuals continue to offer to the community “professional services with dignity” just as “Senior” did in 1911.