Meet Our Staff


James D. "Jim" McFarland, CPC
Licensed Funeral Director

Jim is a fourth generation Funeral Director with the McFarland & Son Funeral Home and is currently the President and CEO of The McFarland & Son Funeral Services Company, owner of McCardell-White-McFarland Funeral Services and is a co-founder and President of Western Reserve Leasing Inc., which provides specialty funeral vehicles and professional services to funeral homes in Northeastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania He is also owner of JDM Enterprises, Inc. LLC.

Mr. McFarland attended Mount Union College and Kent State University and is a graduate from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science and a post-graduate of the National Foundation of Funeral Service in Evanston, Illinois. He is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in the state of Ohio. He is one of 600 Certified Preplanning Consultants for Funeral Service in the United States and a graduate of Leadership Mahoning Valley.

Jim's professional life includes being Trumbull County's only "Member by Invitation" of the Selected Independent Funeral Homes Association, a national organization that promotes excellence and professionalism in funeral services. He is also a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, Ohio Funeral Directors Association and Ohio Embalmers Association and is the past president of the Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana County Funeral Directors Association. He has also served as a board member of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association and currently serves on their Scholastic Assistance Committee.

He is  involved in the communityis as deicated as his involvement in his profession. He has served as the President of the Board of Directors of the following organizations: Fine Arts Council of Trumbull County, Trumbull County Historical Society, the Warren Area Jaycees and SCOPE Senior Centers.

Jim also presided as president of the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library while serving on their board of trustees for over 20 years.

Jim has served on the Board of Directors and/or advisory boards for the following organizations as well: the Trumbull County Chapter of the American Red Cross, Salvation Army of Trumbull County, Kent State University Trumbull Campus, United Way of Trumbull County, Warren Area Chamber of Commerce and Adult Guardianship and Protective Services. Most recently, he was selected as a member of the 910th Youngstown Air Reserve Base Community Council. 

He has been active his entire life as a member of Warren's First United Methodist Church and has served in many positions with the church including as Lay Leader. He is a member of the Old Erie Lodge #3 F&AM, the Trumbull 100 for the betterment of our community and the Warren Buckeye Club. The Ohio Historical Society, the Ohio Association of Historical Society and Museums, the Ohio Library Association and life member of the Warren Library Association, as well as a life member of the Trumbull County Historical Society.

Mr. McFarland has served on the restoration committee of the Kinsman House and was instrumental in the relocation of the John Stark Edwards home "Warren's Oldest Home," as well as the establishment of the Historic Perkins Homestead Association.

Jim has been honored many times for his professional and community activities and services. Several of the awards have being selected in 1983 and again in 1985 as an Outstanding Young Man of America in recognition of his outstanding professional achievement, superior leadership ability and exceptional service to his community. In 1984, Jim was named Warren's Young Man of the Year, and in 1992, he was listed in Who's Who among Rising Young Americans, being recognized for his achievements in American society and business, and again in 1994 he was selected as an honored member. In 2001 he was awarded a Life Membership of the National Directory of Executives and Professionals and was honored by Warren's Old Erie Lodge #3 with their "Community Service Award" as well.

Recently, Mr McFarland and his staff were honored by the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber of Commerce with the prestigious "Pendleton Business Award" for being the professional organization of the year located within the City of Warren that exemplifies superior ethical, moral and professional standards in their workplace while supporting the city's economic development.






James Banks
Funeral Assistant


James Hughes
Funeral Assistant


Stephen Murray
Funeral Assistant


Jan Poncar
 Funeral Assistant


James Bates
Emeritus Funeral Assistant