Ernest "Ernie" Junior McFarland

September 2, 1927 - February 27, 2023

Ernest “Ernie” Junior McFarland, 95, of Manchester, Ohio passed away on Monday, February 27, 2023 at Adams County Regional Medical Center in Seaman. He was born September 2, 1927 in Peebles. He is preceded in death by the love of his life, wife of 68 years, Caryl Johnson McFarland; one grandson, Derek Keysor; parents: James Ernest and Rhoda Grace (Taylor) McFarland; four sisters: Thelma Neill, Betty Adkins, Wilma Johnson and Ann Rudd; and five brothers: Jimmy McFarland, Burton McFarland, Vaughn McFarland, Andy McFarland and Harry McFarland.

Ernest is survived by two sons: William “Bill” (Delores) McFarland of Winchester and James D “David” (Darla) McFarland of Manchester; five grandchildren: Brianna (Derrick) McFarland-Ferguson of Winchester, Randi McFarland of West Union, Abigail McFarland of Manchester, Christy (William IV) Keaney of Beavercreek and Brian Keysor of Eastgate; four great grandchildren: Wrenn Miriam Ferguson, Charli Keaney, Collins Keaney and Keygan Keaney; one sister-in-law, Anna Mae McFarland; special niece, Martha J. Rudy and many other nieces and nephews.

Ernest adored his family and loved spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren, especially Wrenn, as she was the light of his life. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed Cincinnati Reds Baseball games.  Ernie proudly spent time as a Kentucky Colonel in the U.S. Army during WW2, 1944-1945. After his military service he served as a past president and chairman of the First State Bank of Adams County. He was an active member of the Manchester United Methodist Church. He served on the board of Manchester schools and Adams County Ohio Valley School District, AAA South Central Ohio and Southern State Community College. as Adams County Auditor, past district governor of the Lions Club International, as well as president of the Ohio Bankers Association and Ohio Association of County Auditors.  He will be missed by all who knew him.

Memorial Donations can be made to:

Manchester United Methodist Church

405 East 8Th Street, Manchester, Ohio 45144


The public visitation is 4 – 7 PM Saturday, March 4, 2023 at Manchester United Methodist Church, 405 East 8th Street, Manchester, Ohio 45144.

The public visitation is 1 – 2 PM Sunday, March 5, 2023 at Manchester United Methodist Church.

The Adams County Honor Guard will perform a military service.

The public funeral is 2 PM Sunday, March 5, 2023, 2023 at Manchester United Methodist Church. Reverend David Sugarbaker will officiate.

The public interment is at Manchester Cemetery, 813 East 8th Street, Manchester, Ohio 45144.

Friends can sign online condolences at

Lafferty Funeral Home Incorporated serves the family.


Elaine Lafferty - Feb 8, 2024
I send my sympathy to all of her family. She will certainly be missed by everyone. Sincerely, Elaine Lafferty
Esta Clyta Deborah Carter - Mar 3, 2023
So sorry for your loss.
Rory Ryan - Mar 2, 2023
I had the distinct honor and genuine privilege of serving on the Southern State Community College Board of Trustees with Ernie. We both represented Adams County on that board almost 20 years ago. Ernie was a wonderful influence on my service. He truly cared about the college and the communities it served. Requiesce in pace.
Toni Salmons - Mar 2, 2023
I'm so deeply sorry for your loss. Ernie was a lovely person and always kind. He will be greatly missed
Phil and Vicki Rhonemus - Mar 2, 2023
Dear Brianna, Bill, David, and All McFarland Families, Keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers at this time. I always enjoyed the many conversations I had with Ernie on a variety of topics, especially sports. We always greeted each other at ballgames as friends, fans, and officials! Adams County has lost a true friend. He will be missed. Sincerely,
Carol and Gordon Bourland - Mar 1, 2023
Bill,Deloris and Brianna, I know it is so hard to lose a parent and grandparent. My heart goes out to you. A verse in Psalms 116:15 keeps coming to my mind these days that I hope is a comfort to you. “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.”
Bill and Martha McHenry - Feb 28, 2023
Our sincere condolences to all these family.
Lois Stike - Feb 28, 2023
My sincerest condolences to all of the family.
Florence Palladino - Feb 28, 2023
I am so honored to have spent many good times with Ernie and his wife Caryl and their families in Fort Myers Beach and also in Manchester. He was a very Special Man loved by so many. Sending Hugs n Love ❤️.
Kenny and Sandy Grooms - Feb 28, 2023
We are so sorry for your loss. Condolences and Sympathy for each of the family.