July 12, 1912 - March 5, 1970
|Reverend W. Harold McClung was born in Vivian, Caddo Parish, Louisiana, on July 12, 1912. He died in the Schumpert Memorial Hospital, Shreveport, Louisiana, Thursday, March 5, 1970. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Constance Starr McClung, to whom he was married in June 1935 one daughter, Mrs. Marilyn Buchanan of Houston, Texas; and one son, iIarrell McClung, of Bay City, Texas. Brother McClung was admitted on trial into the Louisiana Conference in 1956 and served with this conference until his death. He served Longstreet-Shioh, Barksdale in Bossier City, Trinity in Shreveport, Blanchard, and he was pastor of the Hosston-Ida charge at the time of his death. His funeral was conducted at the Vivian United Methodist Church, Saturday March 7, 1970, by The Reverend Daniel W. Toline, pastor, who was assisted by the Reverend Daniel Grove, pastor of Mooringsport United Methodist Church. His body was laid to rest in the Pinecrest Cemetery at Atlanta, Texas.
Thus in simple statistics is told the history of a life; but statistics alone can never tell the whole story of a good life. And the life of W. Harold McClung was a life spent in sincere service of his Master. Our friend was one of those staunch soldiers of Christ whom the world could ill afford to lose. To lose life, we must; to lose worth, never! It was a blessing to be associated with him in the work of the ministry. He responded willingly and ably to every call of the Church and accomplished much in strengthening the effectiveness of the Churches, which he served. In his minister and pastoral service he had a rich, rare and radiant spirit, and in his God given talent in Art, he leaves a rich and priceless blessing to all who knew him. The Shreveport District has lost a fine minister, The United Methodist Church has lost a faithful servant, the Kingdom of God on earth has lost a diligent worker; but his work was not in vain, for scattered across this part of the country are other faithful workers whom he led to Christ.
It is a heart-warming experience to see a true follower of the Faith face the coming of death unafraid. Such was my experience as I stood with Brother McClung in his last days. Surely for him the wonderful promise of the Psalm was fulfilled
“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil, for thou art with me.”
And now Brother McClung has gone to be with God.
|Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the United Methodist Church, Conference A, 1970, Page 144, by Johnny Hollingsworth.|