J. W. “Bill” McClendon, 88, of Big Spring, died Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012 at Scenic Mountain Medical Center. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, at Myers & Smith Chapel with the Rev. Craig Holstedt, pastor of First Presbyterian Church, officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at Trinity Memorial Park.
Bill was born Feb. 24, 1924, in Albuquerque, N.M. to Elva Abigail (Blackwell) and William Oscar McClendon. He married Maudie Mae Wilson April 25, 1948 in Big Spring, Texas. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps, serving during World War II in the China-Burma India Theater. He was a member of the 424th Squadron Signal Aviation Company in southeast Asia. He was in charge of radio communications. He was awarded the following medals: Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Meritorious Unit Award, Victory Ribbon and four Overseas Service bars.
After the service, he began his flying career. He was the first pipeline pilot for Cosden and operated a flight school where he taught may people to fly. He was the fixed base operator for the Howard County Airport. He later became the chief pilot for Guthrie Oil & Gas Company for 30 years.
He had been a lifetime resident of Big Spring and was a member of East Fourth Street Baptist Church.
Bill is survived by his wife, Maudie McClendon of Big Spring; two daughters, Linda Marino-Holmes and husband Don of Big Spring and Paula Young and husband Ron of Mustang, Okla.; five grandchildren, Cody Young of Mustang, Okla., Royce Young and wife Keri of Oklahoma City, Okla., James Chism Young of Norman, Okla., John William Marino of Odessa, Texas and Lindsey Marino of Austin, Texas; one sister, Jane Miller of Dallas; two nieces, Diane Kornegay and Leslie Phillips; and one nephew, Jim Phillips.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister Jerry Phillips.
Pallbearers will be Royce Young, James Chism Young, John Marino, Ron Young, Gary Blount and Don Holmes. Honorary pallbearer will be Cody Young.
Arrangements are by Myers & Smith Funeral Home. Pay your respects online at www.myersandsmith.com