Charles “Charlie” Cecil McClendon, 81, of Arab and formerly of the Thompson Falls area died Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020.

Mr. McClendon was born July 21, 1939, in Marshall County to Homer Elgin McClendon and Emma Elizabeth Alexander McClendon. He was married to the former Mary Ellen Folsom for 56 years.

In his earlier years, after high school and receiving his associate’s degree, he landed a position with Xerox as a service manager. He later retired from the company to enjoy the hobbies he acquired through the years such as blacksmithing at the Arab Historical Park.

He was a member of the Arab Masonic Lodge 663 for 60 years and was a past worshipful master. He was an advocate for Scottish Rites and York Rites, Marshall County District 1 Commissioner from 2004-2008, and many years ago a Cub Scout leader as well as the past potentate of Cahaba Shriners Temple. 

He is survived by his wife: Mary Ellen Folsom McClendon; son and daughter-in-law: Charles Alan and Melissa McClendon; daughter: Sharon Lea McClendon-Price; brother and sister-in-law: Tommy and Linda McClendon; sister and brother-in-law: Ruth and Arthur Saylor; grandchildren: Shanna Price, Will Price, Connor McClendon, Cameron McClendon, Mollie Walker, Emma Walker and Tucker Walker; and five great-grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by five brothers and two sisters.

The graveside service was at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, at Diamond Cemetery in Guntersville with Randy L. Blakely and Beaul Hunkapiller officiating and Arab Heritage Memorial Chapel directing.

Pallbearers were Russell Saylor, Steve Hyde, John Saylor, Pete Sparks, Herbert Wood, Chris Benefield and Wayne Moon.

Honorary pallbearers were members of the Arab Masonic Lodge 663 and Cahaba Shiners

Memorials may be made to Cahaba Shiners Children’s Hospital, P.O. Drawer 3388 Huntsville, Alabama, 35810 or to Diamond United Methodist Church 1210 Spring Valley Drive, Arab, Alabama 35016.

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