Emmett L. McFarland, age 82, of Webb City, Mo., passed away unexpectedly, Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018.
He was born July 18, 1935, in Elvins, Mo., to Ercle and Rhonda (Harvey) McFarland.
Emmett served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War and retired after 21 years of service. He worked for the Webb City Police Department, starting in October 1973, and worked his way up the ranks and became Chief of Police in December 1985 and retired in August 1996. Emmett was instrumental in starting many programs and improving the operations of the police department. He attended and graduated from MSSU with a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice. He was a member of the Lions Club and had served on the board of the Webb City Senior Citizens Center. Emmett was a member of Liberty Baptist, Webb City.
He married June Spencer on June 17, 1956, in Webb City. She preceded him in death on Jan. 20, 2010.
Emmett is survived by two sons, Ricky McFarland, Larry McFarland and wife, Terry; one daughter, Vicki Lett and husband, Michael; one sister, Barbara Mackay; seven grandchildren, Michah Cramer and husband, Cody, Kendal Coffey, Jessica Hughes and husband, Eric, Kelli McFarland, Ryan McFarland and wife, Samantha, Missy Belieu and husband, Ken, Melinda Sarbacher and husband, Cory; 15 great-grandchildren; and one God grandson, CJ Valdez.
Memorial services will be 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 7, at the Hedge-Lewis-Goodwin Funeral Home, with Pastor Gary Balfour officiating. The family will receive friends 1 - 3 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions are requested to Webb City Shop-With-A-Cop or Liberty Baptist Church and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
Arrangements are under the personal care and direction of the Hedge-Lewis-Goodwin Funeral Home Webb City.
Published on January 5, 2018