DONALD ESTIS MCCLANAHAN
  With a sad and broken heart we will try to write the obituary of our loving father, whom God called home to
be another angel one Monday night, making his stay on earth 63 years, 9 months and 16 days, when finally he
laid his burdens to rest.  Born in Buchanan County, he was the son of the late Elder Troy and Nomie Elswick
McClanahan.  He was married to Merildean O’Quinn McClanahan and together they raised 5 children, 3 sons;
William, Mark, and Steve, 2 daughters; Lantha and Pam, 7 grandchildren, 2 step grandchildren, and 1 step-
great grandchild.

    He is also survived by 4 brothers; Freddie, Paul, Junior, and Clifford, and 4 sisters; Ella Mae, Ruth, Peggy,
and Bertha.

    Dad was a retired coal truck driver and when he come home in the evening you knew he was tired but he
always met you with a smile.  Dad was a kind man who always spoke what was on his mind.  He never had
any earthly treasures stored here on earth, but he gave us so much more than words can describe.  Dad took
death better than anyone I have ever known.  There were plenty of times when we would reach for his hand
during his sickness, and on that Monday night we reached for it, but God picked you up and hugged you and
welcomed you home.  The last words Dad would say to each and every one of us was “I Love You and I Know
God Loves You.”

    Dad was a shining light, that shined so bright.  It broke our hearts to lose you, but we know you are all right
because God showed me one night, and if you where here you would say,
I’m not so far away, we’re really not that far apart.”  So sleep on Dad, for a little while until we meet again, for
there is never a day that goes by that you are not in our thoughts.  We cherish the memories we have of you
and we will always have you close to your hearts.

Written by your daughters, Lantha and Pam.
Donald Estes Mcclanahan