Stuart and Margaret L. Forbes Foundation adds new board member

Published 3:00 pm Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The Stuart and Margaret L. Forbes Foundation announces the addition of F. K. McFarland, III to its board of directors.

F.K. McFarland III

“It is with great pride that the Stuart and Margaret L. Forbes Foundation makes the announcement adding F. K. McFarland, III as the newest member of its board of directors,” said James T. Boyle, president of the Forbes Foundation Board. “F. K. is well known within the Polk County community, and his accomplishments and abilities speak for themselves. Being the owner of our county’s oldest business, he and his family have long been steadfast supporters of the citizens of Polk County.  We look forward to the perspective that his experience and insight will bring to our board.”
McFarland, a Tryon native, brings a strong background in business, a deep sense of community and a solid dedication to public education in Polk County.
F. K. McFarland, III is a 1974 graduate of Tryon High School and received his bachelor of arts degree in government from Wofford College. He is the president and owner of McFarland Funeral Chapel located in Tryon.
McFarland has served as a member of the board of directors of Hometrust Bank, Asheville, N.C. since 2003. He also serves on the board of directors of the McAlister Foundation, a Laurens, S.C.-based philanthropic organization.
McFarland has also served as a past board member of the NC Funeral Directors’ Association Ethics Committee. He has served on many local boards including, St. Luke’s Hospital Board of Trustees (served as vice chair and finance chair), St. Luke’s Hospital Foundation, Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, Thermal Belt Chamber of Commerce, Polk County Unit of the American Cancer Society and the Town of Tryon Zoning Board as chairman. He is a past member of Tryon Kiwanis Club and was a Polk County Little League coach and umpire.
McFarland is married to Darlene Grigg McFarland and they have one son, Keen McFarland. The family attends Tryon First Baptist Church.
– article submittedby Susan S. McHugh

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