Robert "Mac" Oscar McFarling, Jr.
November 15, 1934 - December 3, 2018
Robert Oscar McFarling, Jr., "Mac", 84 years, passed away on Dec.3, 2018, in Oxford, Mississippi. Mac was born on November 15, 1934, in Huntsville, Texas, to the late Robert Oscar McFarling, Sr., and Mildred Inez McFarling. He attended Fairfield High School and Sam Houston State Teachers College, Huntsville, Texas. He grew up in Huntsville and on farms in central Texas.
While Mac was visiting his uncle Earl, he met Dorothy Louise Vaughn, the niece of his uncle's wife, and they were married on Oct. 29, 1954 at First Baptist Church, LaMarque, Texas. Mac and Dorothy spent 48 wonderful years together until Dorothy passed away in March 2002, from leukemia. Mac and Dorothy spent 21 years in LaMarque, Texas, raising their two children, Pamela Sue, and Robert Bruce. Mac was first and foremost a godly man and had a servant's heart. He loved the Lord and his family, and after that, he was staunchly proud to be near and dear to the heart of Texas.
Throughout his life he served his Lord in various ways at First Baptist Church, LaMarque, including as a Sunday School teacher in the 5-year old class, and as a Royal Ambassadors (RA's) leader, which involved many memorable camping adventures. Mac and Dorothy moved to Bryan, Texas, for Mac's work as a district manager with Lance, Inc. Mac served as a deacon at the First Baptist Church, Bryan, Texas, was a Gideon, and was active in the Texas Baptist Disaster Relief. When Mac and Dorothy retired, they spent many summers working with Volunteer Christian Builders, helping to build churches in the northwestern United States.
Mac was notable for his dry wit, and he loved to tease folks. He liked to hunt and fish, and young Mac and Dorothy spent many weekends camping and fishing along the Trinity River with his in-laws, Claude and Susie Vaughn, playing forty-two dominoes by lantern light long into the night. The outdoors life continued as they raised their children, Pam and
Robert, canoeing with RA's and GA's, or rafting in Colorado.
Mac also enjoyed working with his hands. He could build just about anything and was a great mentor in bequeathing this passion for handiwork to his children. Mac borrowed a lathe and taught himself to turn wood, crafting many beautiful bowls, most of which he gave away to friends and family.
After he moved to Mississippi to be close to his daughter, Pam, he joined First Baptist Church, Oxford, where he attended when he could.
In addition to his parents and wife, Mac was preceded in death by his sisters, Sue McFall, Margret White, and Lee Holt. Survivors include Mac's daughter Pamela Locke and her
husband, Martin, of Oxford, MS, and their sons, Daniel and Nathan; and son Robert
McFarling and his wife, Eleanor, of Taos, New Mexico, and their sons, Padriec Robertson
Travis Robertson, and James Robertson, and their eleven great grandchildren.
The family would like to thank Elmcroft Senior Living, and Oxford Health and Rehab for their love, care, and support. The visitation was held Friday, December 7, 2018, from 1:00 until 3:00 in the Atrium of First Baptist Church in Oxford, MS. A memorial service gathering will be held from 10 AM to noon on Monday, April 8, 2019, at Hillier Funeral Home of Bryan. Mac will be buried next to his wife, Dorothy, at Rest-ever Memorial Park Cemetery in Bryan, Texas.
Memorial contributions in Robert McFarling's memory may be made to The Gideons
International Processing Center, P.O. Box 97251, Washington, DC 20090-7251.
The Gideons International Processing Center
P.O. Box 97251, Washington DC 20090-7251