It is with deepest regret that we inform you of the passing from this life of Mr. Jefferson Tyrone McClendon, 61, a native of Roanoke, presently residing at 131 Nook Street, Roanoke. Mr. McClendon transitioned from this life on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 at Tanner East Alabama Medical Center in Wedowee.
Jefferson Tyrone McClendon was born on June 3, 1960, in Randolph County, Alabama to the parentage of the late John and Dora (Harris) McClendon. Jefferson had two (2) other siblings, both brothers: the late Melvin Harris, and James Edward Spratling of Birmingham, Alabama.
He married the late Penny Stevenson McClendon. Their marriage gave rise to four (4) children: the late Lamont Stevenson, Mark Anthony McClendon of Gadsden, AL, Crystal Hawkins (Billy) of Roanoke, AL, and Kim McClendon of Oxford, AL. Jefferson's children blessed him with nine (9) grandchildren and one (1) great-grandchild.
For more than forty (40) years, Jefferson worked in the lumber industry. For most of that time, he worked for Don Gay Lumber Company where he became skillful in driving logging trucks and operating heavy equipment. Eventually, compromised health forced him to leave the lumber industry.
One of the greatest joys of his life was playing with his grandkids which is obvious when you see the many photos and videos of his frequent visits with them. He also loved the beach, fishing, and barbecuing. But in general he was just an ordinary family man, who loved being with his family and his friends.
For a time, he left this area and moved to Auburn, where he lived for several years. While in Auburn, Jefferson became a zealous Auburn Football fan. He was also an active member of the Early Star Lodge #395 (Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge, F&AM, Jurisdiction of Alabama), in Opelika, AL. Jefferson was a young man who loved life; he showered love on his children and grandchildren and they returned that love.
Now, we are so heartbroken to have to say "goodbye" to him but we do it, with the understanding that "The sorrow we feel when we lose a loved one is the price we pay to have had them in our lives.” (Rob Liano).
Having lived an active life, and given all he had to give to those he loved, Jefferson succumbed to death's DEMAND. Jefferson transitioned from this life on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 at Tanner Medical Center, East Alabama in Wedowee. Thus, in humble submission to God's will we release him back to the one who loaned him to us for this brief time.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the McClendon family which also includes a host of other relatives and friends including a special friend Drusilla Diane (Bell) Goggins, who recently transitioned only days before Jefferson.
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Elder Joseph Greathouse will serve as Officiant and Eulogist
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Our sincere prayers for comfort and peace are sent forth during this very dark time of loss; and as always, we express deepest gratitude to our communities for sharing with the McClendon families during their time of loss.