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Thomas Gideon McClendon, Sr., age 96, went to be with his Lord on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016 at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas. He was born on Aug. 7, 1920 in Nevada, Texas to Robert Abram McClendon and Emma Wilcoxson McClendon.
He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1942, serving in WWII in the Mediterranean as Chief Motor Machinist on a LST. Upon discharge from the Navy, he worked for the United States Postal Service in Dallas. Then, in 1950, he moved to El Paso to join the United States Border Patrol. During his 40 years in El Paso, he became a successful businessman and owner of Tom's Auto Supply. In his retirement, he moved to Dawson and went back to his childhood farming roots, raising cattle and horses.
Tom was an avid fisherman and loved spending time at the home he built on Lake Amistad in Del Rio, Texas. He had a passion for cars and restored many classics over the years and often used them for traveling around the United States. He lived life to the fullest.
He was devoted to his family and delighted in entertaining his grandchildren with his many "toys" as they grew up. He was an active member of First United Methodist Church in Corsicana where he led the singing in his Sunday School class for many years.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents and siblings; Linus McClendon, Naomi O'Neal, Pierce McClendon, Alice O'Neal, Sam McClendon, Onella Florence and Foy Attaway.
He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Lila Lee McClendon; children, Thomas McClendon, Jr. and wife, Pat, Billinelle Currie, Olon McClendon and wife, Donna, David McClendon and wife, Teresa and Scott McClendon; grandchildren, Danny McClendon and wife, Patricia, Karen Currie, Brandon Bradley and wife, Chris, Nicole McClendon, Michael Currie and wife, Beth, Letecia McClendon, Madalee House, Kerri McClendon, Imelda McClendon, Becky Sullivan and Alicia McClendon and 14 great-grandchildren.
Visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016 at Corley Funeral Home in Corsicana. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016 at First United Methodist Church in Corsicana with Dr. Steven Bell officiating.
Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park in Corsicana.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 320 N. 15th Street, Corsicana, Texas 75110.
An online guestbook is available at www.corleyfuneralhome.com and selecting the Thomas G. McClendon, Sr. obituary.
Published on October 7, 2016
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