No services are planned for Edwin F. McFarland, 87, of Bryan.
Arrangements are under the direction of Callaway-Jones Funeral Home in Bryan.
Mr. McFarland died Friday at his home. Prior to his retirement, he was general manager for the Texas Planting Seed Association and also served as a technical sergeant in the U.S. Army during World War II.
Survivors include his wife, Kathryn McFarland of Bryan; two sons, Michael Mark McFarland of Bryan and Kevin Kyle McFarland; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
After earning the second Masters degree in Plant Breeding from Texas A-M in 1953, dad went on to pursue his idea to develop an early variety of cotton. He believed if he was successful, farmers in the Gulf Coast regions of the nation would be able to plant and thus harvest their crop before the full onset of the hurricane season. Following years of research and development his idea was realized with the certification of TPSA-110 and TPSA-1633 cotton varieties. These varieties proved themselves by producing the first bale of cotton in the nation for many years.
While I know dad was proud of this hard earned accomplishment, it was a distant second to the pride of accomplishment he realized from the 65 year marriage, love and friendship he shared with my mom. His dedication to her and our family are the greatest lessons he taught me and the most cherished. Thanks Ð Pop!
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