Christopher Benton McLeod, age 29, of Carthage was born April 25, 1991 in Pinehurst, NC and passed away on February 27, 2021.

Christopher grew up on the 100-year-old McLeod Farm in the Eureka/Farm Life community.  He graduated from Union Pines High School where he was a member of the National Honor Society and the football team.  Christopher’s love for flying grew out of his Senior Year Project where he worked to obtain his Pilot’s License and flew to every airport in NC while participating in the Operation Fly NC program.

Family and friends remember Christopher’s exuberant flying, skiing, deep sea fishing and diving.  Christopher loved to fish often with some of his closest friends and family.

Christopher worked on the McLeod Farm from the time he was a small child.  He could repair complex machinery, plow, combine or plant from an early age.  Christopher continued to work on the farm while attending Sandhills Community College and through his graduation with a BS in Civil Engineering from NC State University.  Although he was offered engineering jobs after graduation, Christopher’s heart called him to the pines of Moore County.  In 2012, he married his high school sweetheart, Julie Faulkner.  

Christopher and his brothers, Martin and Patrick pioneered growing organic vegetables and hemp on land farmed by 5 generations of their family. In 2017, The McLeod boys worked to establish Farm Life Hemp becoming the first organic hemp farm and one of the first farm to table micro distilleries in NC. 

A Renaissance thinker, Christopher was a person of many passions. Christopher excelled in applying his intellectual knowledge. Christopher and his wife Julie spent hours planning and working on their home as Christopher determinedly studied all aspects of home energy and building. Christopher and Julie brought their newborn Hugh into their newly constructed home in 2019.

Christopher was a life-long member of Eureka Presbyterian Church. The family is deeply grateful to the Eureka Presbyterian Church, the Farm Life, and Moore County communities for their kindnesses to Christopher during recent years and to his family now. 

Christopher is survived by his devoted wife Julie; his beloved son Hugh; parents Joseph and Mary McLeod; brothers Martin and McLeod and wife Casey, Patrick McLeod and wife Rachel; grandfather Herman O. Seawell; father and mother in-law, Ted and Joyce Faulkner;  brother in -law John Faulkner; sisters in-law Shelby Wooten, Dori Guthrie;  niece and nephews Isabella McLeod, Isaac and Zachary McLeod, Madeline and Emma Wooten, Davis and Juliana Guthrie; aunts and uncles Beth McLeod, Sarah Seawell, Bradley and Karen Purcell, Herman and Sharon Seawell, John and Jan Seawell, and 8 cousins.  

Funeral services will be 2:00 PM Saturday, March 6, 2021 on the front lawn at Eureka Presbyterian Church with Pastor Joey Greene officiating. (Please bring a chair.) Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Fry & Prickett Funeral Home will be open to the public from 1:00 – 5:00 pm on Friday for those who want to stop by and sign the register.

Online condolences to the family may be made at

Services are entrusted to Fry & Prickett Funeral Home.



Funeral Service: March 6, 2021 2:00 pm

Eureka Presbyterian Church
2155 Farm Life School Road
Carthage, NC 28327


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  1. The Mcleod family is in our thoughts and prayers. Prayinfor God’s strength for you during this time. Red. Gale and Steven Wood

  2. Mary Kate, Joe and family. I can’t imagine the pain you must be feeling. Our prayers are with you. May God in his eternal grace help you and comfort you thru this time of infinite sorrow. Love from all of us.

  3. I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your son. My love goes out to you and the entire family

    Julie Lilley Bingham

  4. Our family is so saddened to learn of the death of Christopher. We have your family in our thoughts and prayers. Sending you all love and wishing you comfort through the closeness of your family and friends who care for you all. Heartfelt condolences from the Sheltons and the Broughtons.

  5. To Joe and family , so so sorry, I don’t even have the words. May God be with you and your family forever more….

  6. Joe and Mary and the entire family ….I am so very sorry and saddened by the passing of Chris. I just read Chris’ obituary and it touched me as how much he was thought of and loved. May God be with you all and give you peace as only he can. Much love.
    -Jayne Bibey McGill

  7. There are no words for such an unimaginable loss. My heart aches for you and your family. Your families are in my thoughts, prayers, and heart.

  8. So sorry for your loss I know how it feels nothing could be any worse but remember there’s a lot of prayers going up for your family.

    • Our sincere condolences to the McLeod family . I can honestly say we have never met a kinder family and Chris was no exception . If there is absolutely anything we can do please let us know . Joe & Martin you all will be in our prayers. God Bless you all .

  9. Our heartfelt sympathy and prayers go out to Joe & Mary and all of the McLeod and Seawell Family. We love you all.

  10. Joe & Mary,
    All 3 boys were like family to my kids. I am praying for you all during this difficult time.

  11. Julie, Hugh, Mary, Joe, Martin and Patrick – my heart hurts for you all in the loss of Christopher. He will always be remembered as the energetic kind man who spent many days at our home. Your family is in our prayers now and in the future as you adjust to the days without his presence. With love and prayers.

  12. My deepest condolences goes out to you Julie and the family at this time. I will always remember that quiet Christopher in school and would ask his mother about him whenever I saw her. Know that I will be praying for your strength.

  13. Our condolences to all of the family- We hold you close to our hearts and Please know our prayers are ongoing for all the family.

  14. Joe,Mary and Family , We were so saddened to hear of the loss of your son .Praying for all your family. Larry and Betty Garner

  15. Prayers for enduring strength, peace and understanding for your family as you grieve this tragic loss.

  16. My deepest condolences to this wonderful family. To Joe, Mary, Martin, Patrick, and all the extended family, you will be in my prayers.

  17. I did not know Chris but my son met him at a farm meeting. They started talking & realized they both had a love for flying, farming, & scuba diving! He just saw Chris Thursday and talked to him on Friday before this tragedy happened! RIP Chris … thank you for being a good friend to my son, Scott.
    My prayers go out to your entire family!

  18. I met Chris while we were at NC State through Agronomy Club. Upon meeting, his wealth of knowledge and love of agriculture amazed me. I enjoyed having class and working with him on projects. My heart goes out to the entire family!

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