MARION - Randall D. "Mack" McFarland, 63, passed away at 2 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, in Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.
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Randall was born Oct. 6, 1949, in Lightner Hospital in Harrisburg, to William Carl and Elizabeth (Morrison) McFarland.
He married Violet L. Adams on March 8, 1969, in Fairview Baptist Church in Creal Springs. She survives of Marion.
Randall was a 1967 graduate of Vienna High School.
He served his country honorably while enlisted in the U.S. Army during Vietnam.
Once honorably discharged, he returned home to work managing auto parts stores including Blankenship's and Mo par in Marion. During the 1980s he worked as a coal miner at Old Ben 21 before returning to jobs in parts and manufacturing including Reid Holcomb supply, UTA (Herrin), Napa (Johnston City), Car Quest (Marion) Cash's Baker Chevrolet and Dust n Sons (Marion) before retiring.
Randall enjoyed riding his Honda Goldwing motorcycle, "Miss Goldie," going out to eat, bird watching, lis-tening to oldie's rock and roll, listening to the Grand Ole Opry and most of all spending time with his friends and family. He loved his grandkids and was so proud to be Grandpa Mack. Known for his jokes, he made friends easily and rarely went somewhere (even out of state) that he didn't meet someone he knew. Randall was a lifetime member of the VFW and was very proud to be a veteran.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife of over 44 years, Violet; daughter and son-in-law, Lorie and Mat-thew Deaton of Marion; son and daughter-in-law, Randy S. and Jaclyn McFarland of West Frankfort; four cherished grandchildren, Mallory Deaton, Jana McFarland, Haley McFarland and Sean McFarland; brother and sister-in-law, Larry and Veneta McFarland of Stonefort; brother, Jimmy McFarland of Oahu, Hawaii; sister and brother-in-law, Carolyn and David Hoskins of Norris City; sister-in-law, Yvonne Adams of Creal Springs; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Charles Dale and Kay Adams of Marion; sisters-in-law and broth-ers-in-law, Judy and Deon Davis of Creal Springs; and Cheryl and John Will of Creal Springs; several nieces and nephews and his beloved dog, "Zoey."
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Debbie Allison.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in Blue Funeral Home in Marion, with good friend, the Rev. Sam Lattuca officiating. Military rites will be performed at the funeral home by Marion American Legion and VFW Posts with assistance from the Illinois National Guard. A time of gathering will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to DAV Disabled American Veterans and will be accepted at Blue Funeral Home, 1704 N. Court St., Marion, IL 62959.
For more information or to sign the memorial guest register, visit www.bluefuneralhome.com.
Published in The Southern Illinoisan on Aug. 17, 2013