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Dr. Marion "M.F." Fletcher McFarland III

November 24, 1948May 5, 2020
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COLUMBIA - On Tuesday, May 5, 2020, Dr. Marion Fletcher "M.F." McFarland III passed away. Born in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1948, he was the oldest of nine children born to the late Marion F. McFarland, Jr. and Julia Smith McFarland. He was the loving husband of 45 years to his wife, Vivian Shoup McFarland.

Dr. McFarland was a graduate of Hendrix College in Arkansas and received his medical degree from the University of Arkansas, Little Rock, School of Medicine. He was a board certified medical physician.

Relocating to South Carolina, Dr. McFarland was the Director of the Emergency Department beginning in the late 70's at Richland Memorial Hospital. He was also the Founder, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Doctor's Care, opening the first facility on St. Andrews Road in Columbia, SC. He retired following numerous years of service. Later, he returned to the medical profession working at Chester Emergency Center and the Kershaw County Regional Emergency Center.

Dr. McFarland enjoyed fishing, golfing, traveling, as well as going to the movies with his family. But most important in his life was the love of his family and medicine. He was a devoted family member and father, and time spent with those closest to him were his happiest days.

Surviving in addition to his wife are his daughters, Ansley Kathryn McFarland and Lyles Alexandra McFarland; and son, Michael Brent Lesser. He is also survived by four brothers, David McFarland, Jerry McFarland (wife Becky), Timothy McFarland (wife Rosemary), and John McFarland; two sisters, Cindy McFarland Delaughter (husband Ed) and Susan McFarland Martin (husband Randy); and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the American Lung Association, Donation Processing Center, PO Box 11039, Lewiston, ME 04243-9409; or the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 230 East Ohio Street, Suite 500, Chicago, Illinois 60611.

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the family of Dr. McFarland will receive friends at a later date at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel. Please visit our website for updated service information and to share memories at www.dunbarfunerals.com.


  • Father: Marion F. McFarland, Jr. (deceased)
    Mother:Julia Smith McFarland(deceased)
    Wife: Vivian Shoup McFarland
    Daughter: Ansley Kathryn McFarland
    Daughter:Lyles Alexandra McFarland
    Son: Michael Brent Lesser
    Brother: David McFarland
    Brother and sister-in-law:Jerry and Becky McFarland
    Brother andsister-in-law: Timothy and Rosemary McFarland
    Brother: John McFarland
    Sister and brother-in-law:Cindy McFarland Delaughter and husband, Ed
    Sister and brother-in-law:Susan McFarland Martin and husband, Randy
    Numerous nieces and nephews.

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    Saturday, May 30, 2020


Dr. Marion "M.F." Fletcher McFarland III

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Ray Head

May 27, 2020

One of the benefits of attending a college like Hendrix College is the opportunity to meet intelligent and determined students like MF. He knew what he wanted to do with his life when he entered college and no one doubted that he would become an outstanding physician. He was a very friendly and kind person. We who went to college with MF will always remember him as a good friend.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Vivian and his family.

Judy Lott

May 26, 2020

Worked for Dr.McFarland in the 80s
upstairs. St.Andrews., i remember that Big Old Razor Back Hog plack hanging in his office. Jack Cheek was my overseers, I was in collections of bad debt and insurance research.
Loved working for this company.

Karen Teague

May 21, 2020

I first met Uncle MF when his nephew Scott and I married. I noticed how soft spoken he was and if you had the opportunity to sit with him for a few he always had interesting things to say. I learned what a dedicated Dr he was early on. We loved going to his and Vivian’s beautiful home every other year for Thanksgiving where he would always be carving the turkey as we all were coming in. He is and will always be greatly missed by all who knew him. Rest In Peace Uncle MF.

Beth Garber

May 14, 2020

I had the pleasure of working with Dr. McFarland at Kershaw Health.. He was always soft spoken and always kind. I will miss him very much. As a respiratory therapist he was always willing to hear your opinion of the best way to take care of our patient's. Rest in peace.

john livoti

May 11, 2020

sorry for loss, good guy, funny and very competitive at golf. I can recall, the great competition we had at Wildewood CC in our Match play tournaments. Also a leader in the medical field.

Charles Brooks

May 11, 2020

God Bless the Soul and Family of MF McFarland. "MF" lived across the street from my wife and I in the late 70's, and I have very fond memories of him, his wife, and son Brent. MF was, to me, a very gracious neighbor, and a gentlemen. Many blessings to his memory, and to his family.

Charles & Mary Frances Brooks

Alana Holmes

May 10, 2020

Vivian I am so sad to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. May happy memories help carry you through this most difficult time.

Brenda Vier

May 10, 2020

Vivian and family I am so sorry for your loss. With the many years I worked with him at Doctors Care, I felt like he was family. I remember him coming to the hospital to visit Richie when he was diagnosed with cancer and all the support he gave my family and I during that time. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Stacey Brennan MD

May 10, 2020

As a family physician who entered residency in the late 70’s at Richland Memorial Hospital (now Prisma), I was fortunate to have MF as my teacher. His quiet and calm wisdom in the epicenter of activity of the hospital (the emergency room) taught me so much - which I carry with me in my life as a physician and as a person. Condolences to his wife and family.

Russ Froneberger

May 10, 2020

Vivian, Kathy joins me in sending our deepest condolences on MF's passing. He was a good friend over many years.


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