Joel McFarland, age 84, of the Romeo Community, passed away Wednesday evening at Signature Healthcare.
He was born and raised in Harlan, KY, where he owned and operated Capital Laundry and Dry Cleaners before moving to Greene County to make his home. His desire was to live on the farm where his mother grew up and become a cattle farmer. Joel was an avid fisherman and a member of the Greeneville Bass Club. He was also a fan of the University of Kentucky Wildcats. He served in the United States Army in the armored division.
He was a member of Brown Springs Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife: Sue; cousins: Elizabeth Ball of Kingsport, TN, and Betty Payne of Ormond Beach, FL; brother-in-law: Don and Mary Sexton of Lexington, KY; sister-in-law: Vivian Newman of Russell, KY. He was preceded in death by his parents: J.G. and Ruby Carter McFarland.
The family will receive friends from 12 – 2 p.m. on Saturday at Doughty-Stevens Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow visitation at 2 o’clock in the Doughty-Stevens Chapel. The Rev. Richard Long and the Rev. Dixie Miller will officiate. Interment will follow in Carter’s Station Cemetery at Albany.
Pallbearers will be family and friends. Honorary pallbearers will be Harold Ensley, Kenneth Graham, Robert Echols, Terry Carter, Johnny Carter, Will Coleman, Phillip England, friends at Critters Corner and Sweet Lips Restaurant.