Paul E. McClanahan

Paul E. McClanahan, 90, of Lebanon, died Thursday evening, March 29, 2012, in Mercy Hospital-Springfield.

He was born March 6, 1922, near Niangua to Jake Ewin and Jewell Allen McClanahan.

Paul E. McClanahan served in the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1946 in World War II.

He had worked in the oil business for most of his life, first for Ozarks Petroleum in Branson and then for MFA Oil Company in Grovespring. After a short time with American Family Insurance, he worked for Warren’s Petroleum and Webster Hydro before opening McClanahan’s Gas Company in 1974. In later years, he had a yogurt shop in Lebanon.

He professed his faith in Christ in 1934 at the Prospect Church, and then was a member of the Tabernacle Baptist Church for many years. Later, he attended Southern Heights Christian Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Troy McClanahan.

He is survived by three sons, Mike McClanahan and his wife, Bobbie, of Lebanon; Mark McClanahan and his wife, Karen, of Springfield, and Brent McClanahan and his wife, Joy, of Lebanon; 10 grandchildren, Kim, Kelly, Kristopher, Jacob, Melissa, Joshua, Eric, Kristy, Sarah and Jessica; 19 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; three sisters, Maxine Dotson, Juanita Coday and Virginia O’Dell, all of Lebanon; a number of nieces and nephews, and a special friend, Priscilla Mullican and her family, including her great-granddaughter, Peachy; and several cousins, including a close cousin, Delores Shaddy.

Funeral services for Paul E. McClanahan are scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 3, 2012, at the Holman-Howe Funeral Home in Lebanon with Rev. Bobby Fletcher officiating. Burial will be in the Shaddy Cemetery in Wright County with full military rites by Elmer Sellers American Legion Post # 45 and the VFW Post # 3135 of Hartville.

Visitation is scheduled for 6-7:30 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made through the funeral home to the Open Hands Outreach for the Blind or the Shaddy Cemetery Perpetual Care Fund.

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