James Michael McFarland

December 10, 1953October 10, 2020

James "Spanky" McFarland, 66, passed away on October 10, 2020 at The Oliver House in Wendell, NC. He was born on December 10, 1953 in Huntington, West Virginia; the son of the late Dr. Thomas C. McFarland and Mrs. Cathryn Auby McFarland.

James attended St. Joseph grade school in Huntington, West Virginia, St. Aloysius Military Academy in New Lexington, Ohio and the Webb Prep School in Bell Buckle, Tennessee. He went on to attend Lebanon College in Lebanon, Tennessee and (MTSU) Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He later moved to Raleigh, North Carolina and worked for Fine Line Prototyping and Chuck Latham Associates.

His passion was building WWII models. James won many awards for his model building both on the regional and national levels. He loved all animals, especially cats. He also loved music with his favorites being Frank Zappa, The Who, The Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen.

His family would like to thank the staff at The Oliver House in Wendell, North Carolina and Community Hospice for their excellent care given to James. He will be greatly missed. He is survived by his sister, Ann McFarland, of Raleigh, North Carolina.

Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, October 31, 2020 at 3 pm in the Chapel of Mitchell Funeral Home. Seating is limited to 50 people and masks are required. For those unable to attend the service - live streaming will be offered.

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Jennifer Perdue

December 18, 2020


I have tried old numbers and emails for Spanky for several years. It really bothered me this year on the 10th when I wanted to wish him a happy birthday and talk to him!!!

If you are willing and have the time, would you please consider reaching out for some conversation? 309-530-4151

Andrew Rogers

October 31, 2020

I was proud to share the showroom floor with Spanky at many different model conventions over our time together at FineLine. He showed true artistic ability and I got to bring his old school work up with the times by getting him to add 3D printed models to his work. He was always smiling when you would talk to him, especially if you threw a really good insult at him. Watch out because there was always one coming back. Our family will miss you and we send our best to Ann.

Norm Samuelson

October 21, 2020

Spanky was a character, a great modeler, and truly one and only. I envied his modeling abilities, and contest trips with him were always an adventure. My son and I often recall trips to the Richmond contests with him among others. He will be missed in the club, we are all richer for his contributions and friendship.
Norm Samuelson

Ronnie Murray

October 18, 2020

Hello Ann, I was in the "Eagle Squadron" model club with Spanky. Everybody in the club and the IPMS nation-wide society of plastic model builders recognized his talent and passion for building scale models. Spanky had high standards and challenged us all to give it very best. We will miss him and remember his contribution to our hobby.


October 17, 2020

My most sincere and deepest condolences to James' friends and family. I knew Spanky for 30+ years through the Eagle Squadron modeling club. Spanky was always a character and quite an impressive model builder. We had birthdays one day apart so that was always something that we shared. He taught me so much about model building at the highest levels and for that I would say "Thanks Man". He was a one of a kind person who will be dearly missed by those who knew him and his loss is felt deeply. May he Rest in Eternal Peace.

Lee Griffin

October 15, 2020

My wife Judy and I send our condolences to Ann and to Spanky’s friends. We have known Spanky for over 30 years, mostly through our mutual interest of scale modeling, a pursuit at which Spanky executed at the highest level as evidenced by the countless awards he received locally, regionally, and nationally. Judy especially liked his life-like figures. He will be missed. Rest In Peace.

Jon Bius

October 14, 2020

I'll miss you friend. I always enjoyed our talks.

Ryan Koschatzky

October 13, 2020

I knew Spanky through the model club. He was quite the character and a great model builder and for that Eagle Squadron will not be the same without him.


Selma Johnson

October 12, 2020

Ann, I am Bea's daughter who took care of your family when you lived close to Ritter Park, and I remember you and Jimmy growing up. Please accept my deepest condolences for your loss.

Selma Johnson
Huntington, WV

Scott Denson

October 11, 2020

I knew James McFarland through his nickname Spanky. I first meet him in the early 90's at model shows. Spanky had a great skill in putting together plastic model kits. Whenever he would place at a contest audience would sing the melody to the little rascal show. Spanky I didn't know you as well as others did, but I considered you as a friend and I for one will miss you.