Duncan Brown McFadyen, III

Born: Tue., Apr. 20, 1948
Died: Fri., Nov. 2, 2012


2:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Sun., Nov. 04, 2012
Location: McFadyen Family Home

Graveside Service

10:30 AM Mon., Nov. 05, 2012
Location: Raeford Cemetery

Memorial Service

11:00 AM Mon., Nov. 05, 2012
Location: Raeford Presbyterian Church


11:30 AM to 7:00 PM, Mon., Nov. 05, 2012
Location: Raeford Presbyterian Church

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Duncan Brown McFadyen, III, 64, of Raeford, North Carolina died Friday, November 2, 2012 in Pinehurst, North Carolina. He was born April 20, 1948 in Lumberton, North Carolina to Duncan Brown McFadyen, Jr. and wife, Harriet Hodgin McFadyen of Hoke County, who predeceased him. He graduated from Hoke County High School, received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina in 1970, and a Juris Doctorate in Law from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1973.

He began his professional legal career as an Assistant District Attorney in Cumberland and Hoke County and served in that capacity from 1973 to 1976. He joined the law firm of the late R. Palmer Willcox in 1976 where he quickly made partner. He became the senior partner in 1998 and served in that capacity until 2012 in the law firm now known as Willcox, McFadyen, Fields and Sutherland. He served as Bar Councilor for Judicial District 16A from 2001 to 2007 and County Attorney for Hoke County from 1979 to 1993. He was held in the highest esteem by his partners, colleagues and members of the court system.

Mr. McFadyen was a lifelong member of the Raeford Presbyterian Church where he served as Deacon and then Elder.

Mr. McFadyen was an avid reader of history and great literature, an excellent storyteller, and loyal friend to many who will miss his boundless charm and good cheer. The local paper ran a story in 1976 describing him as Raeford’s most eligible bachelor, and he remained so until his passing. He faced all of life’s challenges, including the last, with his well-known gentlemanly poise and dignity.

He is survived by his brothers, George Hodgin McFadyen and his wife, Anne of Pinetops, North Carolina, and James Laurence McFadyen and his wife, Susan of Thomson, Georgia; four nieces and nephews, James Scott McFadyen and John Robert McFadyen and his wife, Claire of Tarboro, North Carolina; Martha McFadyen Scott and husband, Winfield of Louisville, Georgia, and Mary Kathryn McFadyen Land and husband, Jared of Thomson, Georgia, aunts Frances McFadyen McCreery and husband, Robert of Ponte Vedra, Florida, Louise B. McFadyen of Red Springs, North Carolina and a special aunt and a dear lifelong friend Willa McFadyen Lindsay of Southern Pines, North Carolina, and many cousins. He was a loving brother and uncle.

The family would like to express their gratitude for the many displays of grace from the community.

Arrangements have been made by Crumpler Funeral Home-Raeford. Graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the Raeford Cemetery on Monday, November 5th. A memorial service will follow at 11:00 a.m. at the Raeford Presbyterian Church with Reverend Michael McGehee and the Reverend James Braden officiating. The family will be available for visitation following the memorial service Monday, November 5th at the Raeford Presbyterian Church-John Ropp Fellowship Hall.

The family will receive friends at the McFadyen family home, 3399 Hwy 401 Business, Sunday, November 4th from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Memorials may be made to the Raeford Presbyterian Church, 128 West Edinborough Ave, Raeford, NC 28376; FirstHealth Hospice & Palliative Care and/or FirstHealth Clara McLean Hospitality House, 150 Applecross Road, Pinehurst, NC 28374; American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.

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Yvonne Snead
   Posted Sun November 04, 2012
My thoughts and prayers are with all the family and friends of Duncan.
Duncan was a fine man, loved by all.

Yvonne Ray Snead

Zan Monroe
   Posted Sun November 04, 2012
My sympathy and prayers are with the family. Duncan was a good man who always had a kind word and sincere interest in those who knew him.

Judy & Mike Anderson
   Posted Sun November 04, 2012
Duncan was a wonderful person and will be missed by many. Please except our sincere sympathy in the lost of your beloved Duncan.

Margie Tyler Culbreth
   Posted Sun November 04, 2012
Duncan was an extremely nice person. May he rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

Lou Ann Lower
   Posted Sun November 04, 2012
I would like to extend my condolences to the McFadyen family. I met Duncn in 2005 when I joined the law firm of Willcox, McFadyen, Fields and Sutherland as Mrs. Sutherland''s parallel legal. He was alway there when and if you needed a helping hand and he will be missed dearly by all who knew him.

Warren Lewis
   Posted Sun November 04, 2012
Thoughts & Prayers are with you...
Warren, Marianne & Ben

Furman O. Clark
   Posted Sun November 04, 2012
Duncan was a friend and mentor to all that had the honor to know him, grow up with him and watch him mature into the consumate gentleman and scholar. Always there with a kind word and steady shoulder, Duncan was to many of us the ultimate role model. Tonight my heart morns for our loss as we reflect on times now past. To George and Jimmy and all of us that will so miss him go our sympathies. May Duncan now rest in Peace.

Furman Clark
Amelia Island, Florida

Rick Marshall
   Posted Mon November 05, 2012
We have lost a great friend. Duncan was a wonderful person, and he will be truly missed. To his friends and family, I offer condolence and extend my deepest sympathy.

Katie Culp
   Posted Mon November 05, 2012
George and Jimmy: Gary and I send our sympathy to you and your families. Duncan was a delightful person and will be missed in our community. Celebrate his life and cherish the fond memories.

Gary and Katie Culp

Delia and Billy Gilmore, Duncan''''s class of ''''66, Hoke High
   Posted Mon November 05, 2012
We were deeply saddened to read the obit of Duncan in The N&O Sun. I think he was waiting for his Mother, our teacher, to go first. I, Delia had many classes with Duncan, from Elementary through High school. Billy had High school ones. He was always such a friendly, gentle spirit, and although I knew he had a sense of humor, didn''t know how much until Senior yearbook quote.-"Early to bed, & early to rise, will spoil the fun of alot of guys"! Sleep well ,our Gentleman Scholar! You deserve it! Our sympathies to his family at this time and the days to come.

Marty Webb
   Posted Mon November 05, 2012
Raeford and Hoke County has lost a Great American, with the passing of Duncan McFadyen. I had the honor to know him from the time we entered kindergarden. Duncan, Richard Neeley and I would share three birthdays in a row, me in February, Richard in March, and Duncan in April. Will always cherish those days. Jim and George, please know that your brother was a special person to all whom he came in contact with.
Be Still And Know he is with God now.

Bob Cosby
   Posted Mon November 05, 2012
I met and got to know Duncan at Presbyterian College, where we were fraternity brothers and roommates our senior year. My condolences go out to his family and Raeford friends. He was a true gentleman and will be sorely missed. Rest in peace old friend.

Barbara Gardner Wilson
   Posted Tue November 06, 2012
My deepest sympathy to all of Duncan's family. I was fortunate to have known him as a classmate and friend; Duncan was a gentle and kind person, never a harsh word for anyone. He was a true gentleman that will be missed by all. May God be with you and may your memories comfort you in the days to come.

Debra Davis
   Posted Wed November 07, 2012
I was a client of Duncan. He was my rock for the past 3 years. I will
very much miss him saying (watch your step) going to his office.
Many times he would call on weekends to get info updated. Duncan
was very much apart of my life. I will truly miss him for his professional
ways and great laugh. I always felt at ease when he spoke or gave me
advice.My thoughts are with his family and co-workers.

Joseph E Dupree, Jr.
   Posted Wed November 07, 2012
My mother, Helen Dupree, age 93 brought to my attention that Duncan had passed. Mother spoke kind words regarding Duncan, having taught him at Hoke County High School. My family sends our thoughts and prayers to the McFadyen family. My father, the former Judge Joseph Dupree often spoke well of Duncan and I knew him to be a quietly effective person and Attorney.

Chrystal Tucker
   Posted Sat November 10, 2012
Prayers for the family and friends of Duncan. He had been my attorney for a long time and will surely be missed. A fine man!!!

Abigail (Abbie) Best Murton
   Posted Sun November 11, 2012
It seems like yesterday that we were walking the halls of Hoke High with great dreams about the future. Then the future was the coming football game or a friends' party. We never thought that one day the future would mean losing a friend like Duncan. He was always a good friend and ever the gentleman. To touch so many people and leave memories that span the decades is surely a remarkable accomplishment. We will miss you Duncan!

Steve Plummer
   Posted Mon November 12, 2012
Jimmy and George, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Duncan. I have always felt a special closeness to your family, and held Duncan in high regard. Although we were serveral years apart in age, he was always kind in speaking to me, and I will always remember him for that. God bless you and your families.

Zenzi Rogers
   Posted Sat November 17, 2012
I am so sorry to hear about Duncan. He was a gentlemen, a great attorney and a wonderful person to work with. I didn''t realize how much of an impact he had on my life until I just read his obituary.

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