Rev. Elbert McClellan
Funeral Date: 4/8/2010

Obituary:
Reverend Elbert McClellan, age 95, of New Edinburg, Arkansas died Tuesday, April 6, 2010 at J.R.M.C in Pine Bluff. He was born June 11, 1914 in Cleveland County, AR, a son of the late James McClellan and Lillian Hartley McClellan. He was a retired Free Will Baptist minister, serving many congregations in Southeast Arkansas and a member of Macedonia Free Will Baptist Church. He was a farmer and carpenter. On August 23, 1929, he married Ida Mae Barnett McClellan. She died on December 7, 2008. Also, preceding him in death were 2 sons- James Albert McClellan and Elvin McClellan; brothers- Alvin “Bill” McClellan and Albert “Snooks” McClellan. Survivors include 1 son- Frank McClellan of New Edinburg, AR; 2 daughters- Geraldine Sanders of New Edinburg, AR and Bertia Mae Lassiter of Warren, AR; 4 sisters- Anna House of Pine Bluff, AR, Geneva Rawls, Fannie Crutchfield and Juanita Morgan- all of Rison, AR; 1 half sister- Eveline Phelps of Farmerville, LA; 8 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren. Funeral service was 10:00 a.m. Thursday, April 8 at Frazer’s Chapel with Rev. Billy Wilson, Rev. Victor Hunter and Rev. Brian Ashcraft officiating. Linda Barrett was organist and soloist was Karen Thompson. Active pallbearers were Randy Sanders, Ray Sanders, Donald Lee Lassiter, J.E. McClellan, Tommy Green and Danny Thompson. Honorary pallbearers were Jeffrey McClellan, Terry McClellan, Dr. Kerry Pennington and Jimmy Pennington. Burial was in Shady Grove Cemetery near New Edinburg, AR by Frazer’s Funeral Home.

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Name: Ricky Sanders
Message: There are no words to express the impact this man has made on the lives of so many. I'm honored to have known him and like so many others, been baptized by him. The legacy he leaves behind will ever stand as a memorial to his life. May God bless each member of the family and friends and help to fill the void caused by his deparature. Heaven is brighter because of its newest star.

Name: Hugh & Brenda Quimby
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Name: Levie Angle
Message: Gearldine,Berthie Mae,Frank,I am so sorry about Bro. Elbert.Our loss is Heaven,s gain.Your family are in my prayers.

Name: Allison Dallen
Message: Love you all! Your in our prayers.

Name: Saline Association of Free Will Baptist
Message: We are so thankful of the many years of service that Brother Elbert gave to the Lord and the Free Will Baptist. He's a great witness for our Lord and Savior. We will never forget his smile and words of encouragement. We are praying for the family and friends during this difficult time. May the Lord continue to bless all the lives that Brother Elbert touched in his life and ministry.

Name: Harmony Free Will Baptist Church
Message: We loved Brother Elbert and his family so much. We appreciate the many years that he served in the ministry and as our pastor. We pray for the Lord to bless his family with comfort and peace.

Name: Tracy and Monica Nichols
Message: Brother Elbert's family is in our thoughts and prayers. May God bless each one during this time of loss. Our loss is truly Heaven's gain.

Name: Bro. Ricky Rauls
Message: Dear Family, the world has sent another Angle home to be with his Master.Our lives have been truly blessed to have known such a saint of God

Name: Barbara Higgins
Message: He is now with two loves of his life...his beloved wife and his Lord...rejoice in his happiness to be Home. Thinking of you at this time.

Name: Parker Myles & Mary
Message: Brother Elbert will be missed by many.He married Myles and I it will be 41 years ago this year.We surely will miss the good man.

Name: French and Judy Thornton Wynne
Message: Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Name: Aubrey/Olivia McClellan
Message: Our hearts go out to you. We are sending all our love and cherish our happy memories of our Blessed Kindhearted Beloved Grandpa.

Name: Kim and Mike Harton
Message: Bro. Elbert was such a wonderful man of God. He has always been so special to us, and everyone who knew him. He always had a smile and a kind word for anyone he saw. He is now with his sweetheart and his Lord. May God Bless you all.

Name: Aubrey & Olivia McClellan
Message: Grandpa, you embraced life with a big smile. A life well spent with family, friends and the community, indeed a good man. You were a servant of our Lord. A Preacher of the Gospel of the Lord our Savior, to many you have blessed, touched their lives with strength, joy, peace, faith, encouragement and inspiration. Thank you. Now after your life earth’s journey, you are brought to our Lord’s Eternal Kingdom in heaven, joined by our most loved Grandma, through eternity in peace. You will always remain in our thoughts and hearts. Every special moments with you we will cherish, treasure and adored. You will be missed and loved forever.

Name: Elaine Hopson McDougald
Message: He was avery special man.

Name: BCMC ER Staff
Message: Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you during this difficult time. Mr. McClellan was a very sweet and dear man, he will be missed by all of us.

Name: Varnice/Bob Parker
Message: To the Family of Rev. Elbert & Ida McClellan : I turned 65 years old a few days back. In all those years, your parents always brighten my life each time I was around them or when I thought of them. I have always felt they were the Best of the Best of Our Heavenly Father’s Children on this earth. In their presence, I felt the love they have for GOD and for each other and for all God’s children. Most of us don’t have the smiles, the hugs and the words to brighten and pass love to others as your parents have. I know my son, that god called home two and a half years ago (which by the way has the wonderful smile that your parents have) will enjoy being in their presence. May God Bless and keep us as we work and wait for God to call us Home.

Name: Catherine, Preston, Felton & Johnnie Parker/Angle
Message: With our deepest sympathy to each of you. Words can not convey the Love we have for Bro Elbert and Ida. We were family on this earth and will be again some day in Heaven.

Name: Dorothy Jeffers
Message: Will keep each of you in my prayers. Take confort in knowing that Bro Elbert and Ida are together once again.

Name: Peg Cole
Message: How I still remember Bro. Elbert preaching in the old Macedonia Free Will Baptist Church. I was only 5 or 6 years old but the memories are vivid. What an humble and inspirational man. I will miss him. You are in our prayers.

Name: Tully & Norma McCoy
Message: We will not say goodbye but see you later to our friend, Bro. Elbert. Without doubt he will be sorely missed. Family, you are in our thoughts and prayers. God comforts and He is faithful.

Name: James Boney
Message: My condolences to the family on the loss of such a fine fellow.

Name: Aubrey & Olivia McClellan
Message: Thank you for attending the services and prayers offered to our dearly beloved Grandpa, Rev. Elbert McClellan. We appreciate your presence, sharing your beautiful thoughts and kind support in any which way you can during this time of our sorrow. It is comforting to know how fortunate he and his family are to have known all of you and had been a part of his lifetime. God is with us all during this time and always. Remember to keep the faith he had taught us. Once again to all of you,Thank You.

Name: Wendy & Tracy Savage
Message: Bro. McClellan was a wonderful man. He touched so many lives, I know he is so happy to be back together with his loving wife & his Father. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Name: Rhonda & Mike Gorman
Message: Our thoughts and prayers are with you.