Dr. Gale Allen McFarland
Funeral Date: 12/21/2014

Obituary:
Gale Allen McFarland , age 61, of Camden, AR, died Thursday December 18, 2014 at Ouachita County Medical Center in Camden, AR. He was the only child of Auborn Jerome McFarland, Jr. and Thelma Estelle Wagnon McFarland, both of Banks, AR. Gale was born December 18, 1953 in Warren, AR but lived with his parents on their farm just east of Banks. Primary education began at the Banks Elementary School in 1960. In August, 1965, the family moved to Crossett, AR, because of job opportunities for A.J. whom was a structural iron worker (local union 710, Monroe, LA). Estelle was a devoted wife and homemaker. Gale attended school in Crossett, graduating in May, 1972. After that the family moved back to their farm in Banks. Gale attended the University of Arkansas at Monticello finishing with a BS in Wildlife Management, in May, 1976. Graduate School at Louisiana Tech University followed with Gale earning a Master of Science degree in Botany, July, 1979. He put environmental science behind him when he was accepted to medical school at UAMS in Little Rock, AR for the school year beginning in 1979. In May, 1983 with his M.D. degree in hand, Dr. McFarland was off to New Orleans, LA to pursue a residency with the LSU general surgery department. After two years, Gale changed his career aspirations to urology and completed 3 years of residency with the LSU - Ochsner Urology program. By this time he was married to Janice Marie Jackson and had three sons; Steven Ross, Justin Lehman, and James Wesley McFarland. The young family relocated to Camden, AR in July, 1983 where Dr. McFarland opened the Camden Urology Clinic. Two more sons were born to Jan and Gale Allen; Travis Allen and Auburn Jackson McFarland. All 5 boys finished school at Camden Fairview. Steven was deployed with the Arkansas Army National Guard to Iraq in 2004 and Justin was deployed with the U.S. Army 10th Mountain Division to Afghanistan from 2005 - 2006; both young men received an honorable discharges from their units. Gale and Jan divorced in 1996. Gale married Wendy Gayle Andrews May 24, 1997 and not only has she been his wife she served as his urological nurse at the clinic. The practice provided little time for vacations, but the family still maintains the farm in Banks. Gale states his vacation is going to work on the farm. Gale played piano and Hammond organ, first training in classical and religious music, but later switching to rock and country. For 9 years he was the pianist for the Banks Presbyterian Church: and he and his family are presently members of the Camden, AR First Presbyterian Church. Gale played in several bands in the Warren and Camden areas, He retired from "gigging" in 1996, now playing in rare jam sessions with his musician friends. Other hobbies have been jogging, bicycling, and always trying to lead a healthy lifestyle to "practice what he preachesĒto his patients at his urology clinic. Dr. McFarland has been active as a 5th District Trustee with the Arkansas Medical Society, and is a member of the Arkansas Urologic Society and the American Urological Association. Gale is survived by his wife Wendy, Steven, Wesley, Travis, and Jackson. He is preceded in death by both parents and his second son Justin. His final wishes would be for the original farm in Banks to remain intact for many more years as a productive part of the family and to thank all his patients and colleagues for their confidence in his clinical and surgical abilities. He would also like to thank his family and friends for all their support during his final months.Funeral services were 3:30 p.m. Sunday December 21, at Frazerís Chapel with Rev. Erin Kaye officiating. Linda Barrett was organist and Martha Jane Smith was soloist. Burial was in McFarland Cemetery at Banks, AR by Frazerís Funeral Home. Active pallbearers were Ben Griggsby, Ricky Murphy, David Posey, Rick Holliman, Gary Green and Billy Glynn Wagnon. Honorary pallbearers were Mike Webb, Jim Andrews, Mike Duran, Gary Stiffler, Mike Brumley, Roger Harton and Don Smith. Memorials preferred to the McFarland Cemetery Perpetual Care - Ginger Ricks or to the Camden, AR First Presbyterian Church/Ouachita County Medical Center PO Box 797, Camden, AR 71711.

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Name: Debra Benson
Message: Wendy & boys, I am so very sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts & prayers. I hope that you find comfort in the fact that Doc was so loved and respected by all who came in contact with him.

Name: Joe & Jean Wolfe
Message: So sorry for your loss. Prayers for the whole family.

Name: Hubert and Ginger Ricks
Message: Family, we share your loss and sadness at this time of sorrow. We must remember the good times and that he is no longer in the pain he suffered these last few months. Gale was tough or he would not have endured all that he did. He was our friend and he is deeply missed.

Name: Tina Raine
Message: So sorry for your and our loss as well. There will never be another one like him. He was such a caring person. I will miss him so much.

Name: Nancy Briggs
Message: I am sorry for your loss.

Name: Kelly Holland
Message: Dear Wendy and boys, we are all going to miss this wonderful man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all his friends. Sincerely, Kelly Holland and Family

Name: Kristi Williams-Rose
Message: Wendy, I am so sorry. Gale was a wonderful doctor & a good man. I pray that God brings you & the boys peace in the days ahead.

Name: Judy Keys
Message: I am so sorry for your loss he was such a pleasure to work with in surgery he will be greatly be missed

Name: Judy Barnes Fogle
Message: Thinking of all of You! My thoughts and prayers are with you!

Name: Judy Barnes Fogle
Message: Thinking of all of You! My thoughts and prayers are with you!

Name: Alvernon McHenry
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Name: Sharon Stewart
Message: So sorry for your loss. I thought a lot of doc. He will be missed greatly.

Name: Chyrle Parnell
Message: My heart breaks for your loss. Gale was a such a good person and well loved. He will be greatly missed in both the Camden and Banks communities. My prayers go with you.

Name: Chyrle Parnell
Message: My heart breaks for your loss. Gale was a such a good person and well loved. He will be greatly missed in both the Camden and Banks communities. My prayers go with you.

Name: Philip & Linda Cathey
Message: Wendy & boys Gale was one of my best friends in elementary school and again as we got together for jam sessions. He will be missed but thought of often. You will all be in our prayers.

Name: Betty Robertson
Message: Wendy and boys - I am so sorry for your loss. Doc was a wonderful doctor and person/friend. Jack and I had a great relationship with Doc and you, Wendy. I am sure Jack and Doc have found each other in Heaven and are carrying "on" as usual. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. We will miss him. Call me if I can help you.

Name: David Cawthon
Message: Wendy and Boys, Sorry for your loss,enjoyed working and knowing Doc.You are in our prayers. David and Carolyn Cawthon

Name: Steve and Sue Blevins
Message: Heartbroken at the loss of a great man, doctor, musician and friend. My years playing music with the Doc in South Arkansas allowed me the privilege of knowing him. His wonderful sense of humor and unfailing kindness endeared him to everyone. Prayers for the family for strength, healing and peace.

Name: Hershel Frazier
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Name: Kim McCord
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Name: Vickie Ferrell Barrett
Message: I am sorry for your loss. I knew Gale many years ago just after he graduated from high school. He was a really great person.

Name: Benjamin Thomas
Message: God bless you. I really appreciated Dr. McFarland as a great Urologist.

Name: Chuck and Pam Gossett
Message: Wendy and boys, You are in our thoughts and prayers. Dr. McFarland was a wonderful doctor and person. He provided my dad with wonderful care. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. With utmost sympathy, Chuck and Pam Gossett

Name: Billy&Rita Spears
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Name: Greg and Kathy McMahen
Message: Dr. McFarland will be missed. He is now home and not in pain. Praying for those he left behind.

Name: Jennifer Johnson Fife
Message: Wendy, I am so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you. Prayers are being sent up for you and yours. Jennifer

Name: Peggy Freeland
Message: Dr.McFarland was a Kind and Gentle person with his patients and their Famiies. Our Deepest Sympathy. Psalms.23 Peggy Freeland and Mrs. Bonnie Freeland

Name: Donna Woodral
Message: My heart is so heavy at the loss of such a wonderful doctor and man, God bless you all and give you comfort, peace and strength during this time of sorrow.

Name: Roy & Annette Russell
Message: Wendy & family Doc will be missed by so many people. He was such a wonderful person to Roy. Our thoughts and prayers with you during this time.

Name: Marcus and Regina Ellis
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Name: Larry Woods
Message: With deepest heartfelt sympathy Clarence , ralph, larry, and mark woods.

Name: Joe Jackson
Message: With deepest sympathy

Name: Dexter Johnson
Message: Thinking of you at this time

Name: Audrey Hawkins-Gorman
Message: With deepest Sympathy. We are so sorry for your loss. David, Audrey, Charlie & Jesse

Name: Barry Martindale
Message: Gale was a true and dear friend.

Name: arlene bates
Message: I was intrigued by his approach to life...his talents...how he embraced life...simplicity with high intelligence. Such care...His ability to accept people with such love. So sorry this for this loss. Prayers to Wendy and the boys!

Name: Glen & Kathie Dotson
Message: Wendy, and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Though I was one of his many patients, we had many conversations. I enjoyed the visits because we talked about anything and everything. A lot about old trucks and the boys. He was one of the best people I have known. He will be missed by all that knew him. The medical field lost a great one and I lost a friend. I will keep you and the family in my prayers. May God bless all of you.

Name: Lyn and Janie Grice
Message: Gale was a friend that will never be forgotten. Our hearts go out to the family with prayers that may comfort your loss.

Name: Linda Hogue
Message: Wendy and Family: My heart grieves for the loss of Doc McFarland. He was a very good doctor when I was his patient years ago. I still remember seeing the pictures of the Beatles on his waiting room walls. I thought that was cool. I also remember the hairdressers at Shabby Chic saying how pretty his curls were. I thought his hair was cute, too, along with the glasses. Whenever I talked with him in Wal Mart, he always had 2 buggies full of groceries. That was significant and a very good sign that he provided for his family. May God comfort each of you during this grieving time, and may you know that he will be GREATLY missed as a respected doctor and friend.

Name: John Basinger
Message: We will miss his expertise in his profession and as a dedicated person to his patients.

Name: Caye Pope
Message: Wendy, so sorry for your loss. It will be hard to get thru but just know that he will be watching over you. Love ya! Caye Pope

Name: Caye Pope
Message: Wendy, so sorry for your loss. It will be hard to get thru but just know that he will be watching over you. Love ya! Caye Pope

Name: Becky Garrett
Message: Wendy and family my deepest sympathy. He was a wonderful caring doctor and such a good person. He will be greatly missed.

Name: Michelle Mahan
Message: Dear Steven, Wes, Travis, Jackson, and Jan, My heart is breaking for you as you go through this, even more so as you have already gone through so very much. I am praying that God will continue to extend His grace to you so that you have the strength to endure and that He will draw you closer to Himself. I am trusting Him to comfort each of you in the unique and specific ways you need and as only He knows how. I know my words are no where near adequate, but please know that I love you and am holding each of you up in prayer, Michelle

Name: David Jacks, M.D.
Message: We sincerely mourn the passing of our colleague and friend, Dr. Allen McFarland. He was truly unique and gifted. We will miss him dearly and wish to convey our deepest respect to his family. David C. Jacks, M.D., and Family

Name: Gary Zimmerman
Message: Thank you for your patience, wisdom, and your heart. I enjoyed you and taking care of your patients with you, it was so easy. You had the kindest heart and the softest soul. I love you Doc, we will miss you forever.

Name: Tyrone Lindsey
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Name: Margaret Clemons
Message: Our hearts are heavy with grief of losing our friend and Dr,He was always so kind.We lovedyou as well.May the Lord bless you and your family.Love. Margaret and Kenneth Clemons

Name: Mary Jo McWhorter
Message: So sorry for your great loss! Doctor McFarland was not only a brilliant Dr . But also a dedicated , caring person who delivered quality care to his patients. He will be greatly missed! Sincerely, Mary Jo

Name: Andy & Terrie Briant
Message: Sincerest condolences to the family. R.I.P Dr.Gale

Name: French and Judy Thornton Wynne
Message: Our prayers are with all of you.

Name: Cobb Morgan
Message: Gail was an example of how to live your life in the face of adversity. We will carry on with a smile knowing he is jamming in heaven.

Name: Linda Kam
Message: My sincere condolences to the entire family. I enjoyed working with Dr McFarland on the lithotripsy unit, he always had a story to tell. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Name: Kay Waldo
Message: Wendy, on behalf of the Arkansas Medical Society and Ar. Urologic Society we send our in sincere sympathy. Dr. McFarland was a pleasure to work with and will be missed.

Name: Samir Sulieman
Message: I am so sorry about dr McFarland he was always a gentleman . our thoughts and prayers for wendy and the family .

Name: Chris de France
Message: To all of the McFarland Family, You have our deepest sympathy. chris and Sally de France

Name: Jeanine Richter
Message: Dear Jan, Steven, Wes, Travis, Jackson, This time hurts so much to lose a man that you all love so very much. His heart must have felt so very loved with the way you all supported him & loved him.

Name: Sandra Gatling
Message: Prayers for the family. Paul and I are so sorry for the loss of such a wonderful person and friend to so many.

Name: David Chaisson
Message: Mrs. Mc Farland, Hero Steven, Wesley, Travis, Jackson, and Jan. I want to say how very sorry I am to hear about the passing of Dr. Mc Farland. I will be keeping each of you in my thoughts and prayers. I am here if you need, feel free to ask. May God Bless each of you at this time. Prayers going out to all of you.

Name: Rick & Nell Overton
Message: Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.