McFarland, Pauline (Benton)

Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Pauline McFarland, 76, of Benton, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017 at her residence with her loving family by her side.  She was a member of Smyrna Baptist Church.  Miss Pauline worked 34 years at Polk County High School in special education, where she touched and made a difference in many lives. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Abe and Essie Bishop Duggan; sisters, Blanche Crumley, Lena Nesler, Betty Jean Lingerfelt; brothers, Willie (Bud) Duggan, Tom Duggan, Charles Duggan; the father of her children, Freddy McFarland. 

She is survived by her children, Melissa (Whitney) Webb, Marti (Steve) Hale, David (Mary Beth) McFarland, Wanda Derrick; grandchildren, Suzanne (James) Townsend, Rylee Jo Hale, Rachel Hale, Ressie Pauline Hale; special niece, Helen Rose; special friend, Wilma Jean Pippenger; special cousins, Bobby and Nyokia Bishop.

Her life revolved around many, but she always found the balance for her children and grandchildren.  Anyone who knew her knew she was a servant of the Lord and to many others.  She always enjoyed talking about her Savior and what miracles He gave her. 

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7 in the chapel of Higgins Funeral Home with Pastor Joe Hatcher officiating.  Interment will follow in Benton Memorial Gardens with a white dove release ceremony concluding the service.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 6 at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to a one-time Ms. Pauline scholarship fund at First Bank of Tennessee for a Polk County High School graduate.

We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the McFarland family guest book at

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