BENTON – A celebration of life service for Thurman Ralph McClellan, better known to his friends as T. R., will be held at Cypress Baptist Church Saturday, July 6, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. with Brother Tommy Patton officiating. Interment will follow at Rose-Neath Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday, July 5, 2013 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Bossier City, LA.
T. R. was born in DeBerry, Texas to Ailene Cadenhead McClellan and Irwin Donald McClellan on August 19, 1935 and went to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, July 2nd after a battle with cancer.
While semi-retired from his 50-year career as an Independent Geologist, T. R. was enjoying his lifelong dream of being a cowboy. His days were spent blissfully at “the farm” with Grammy, the best cowhand companion anyone could ask for.
Preceding him in death were his parents. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 58 years, Earlene Montgomery McClellan, the love of his life, soul mate and daily companion; his son Dan McClellan and wife Sharon, and daughter Amy Nichols. Affectionately known as “Papa” to his grandchildren Heather McClellan Duckworth and husband Stephen, Emily McClellan Kosik and husband Ryan, Sarah Nichols Bowman and husband Joey, Sam McClellan, Amanda Nichols and Rebecca Nichols, and his great grandchildren Jackson, Savannah, Madeline and Austin Duckworth, and Annabelle, Violet and Charlotte Kosik. Brother and sister-in-laws June and Henry Colvin, Nancy and Jim Williams, Carolyn and Jack Montgomery and Linda and Earl Montgomery.
T. R., Daddy, Papa was a lot of things, too many to express in a short amount of time and space, but more than anything he was a man of integrity, ethics and morals. His word was solid, and he was the epitome of a true southern gentleman, quiet spoken, honest, kind and generous. He went about his life in an unassuming manner and never took recognition for the generosity he gave to others. His love was unconditional. His farm was a haven for any stray animal that found its way to the barn, and the number of rescued animals is too high to count. His heart was Earlene and “the kids”, and all his decisions were made in their best interest. Papa lived life to the fullest and taught us that it’s never to late to achieve your dreams.
Honored to be Papa’s pallbearers are his grandsons, Sam McClellan, Stephen Duckworth, Ryan Kosik and Joey Bowman and his brothers-in-law, Jack and Earl Montgomery.
In lieu of flowers, T. R. asks that donations be made to the charity of your choice . Words cannot express the gratitude felt for Dr. Dan Moller as he cared for Papa like he was his brother.
“The measure of a life is not its duration but it’s donation.” Corrie Ten Boom
“Come rest with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” Mark 6:31