Sat. 7:20 pm: Funeral home changing hands, but still family focused

WARREN – The McFarland & Son Funeral home has been owned and operated by the McFarland family for four generations, but the 177-year-old business goes back even further than their family.

Now James McFarland has passed the torch on to a new family.

“This whole story has been a book. Everyone thinks, ‘well the McFarlands started the book,’ but they didnt. My great-grandfather bought it in 1897,” McFarland said. “I’m very proud of it, and I wanted the tradition to go on. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a next generation, unless my dog wanted it.”

McFarland, who has worked there for 45 years and inherited the business from his father, chose to sell to Mark Barbee, who will operate it with his 35-year-old daughter.

Read more in Sunday’s Tribune Chronicle.