Richard McLendon, 81, of Helena-West Helena, passed away October 28, 2006, in Memphis, TN. He was born to Reuben E. and Jessie C. McLendon on November 22, 1924, at Crenshaw, MS.
Mr. LcLendon graduated from Crenshaw High School in 1943, and went into the army in 1944. He served in The European Theatre as an infantry man with the 5th Division, a part of the 3rd Army under General Patton. Along with the rest of his division, he was captured by the Germans in March of 1945. He was released after 23 days and had lost 30 pounds in weight.
He was discharged in April of 1946. He then attended Delta State University where he graduated in 1949 with a B.S. Degree in Business Administration. He worked for K & M Sale Co. for a period of about 20 years and then for 20 more years for two John Deere dealers (at the same location) Southern Implement Co. and Producers Tractor Co. He was a portrait artist and cartoonist. His political cartoons were seen in the Twin City Tribune and the Phillips County Progress for a number of years.
In 1952, he married Frances Long, the Love of His Life. They produced four children, 1 boy and 3 girls. Their marriage lasted 51 years and 10 months, until Frances passed away May 12, 2004.
He leaves behind four children, Ricky McLendon and wife Julie, Olivia McLendon, Sandra Blair and husband Gene, and Cherly Holland and husband Dennis. He also leaves behind five grandchildren Kevin Blair, Tyler Blair, Brian McLendon and wife Chassady, Blake Holland, and Lauren Mitchell and husband Travis. He leaves 1 great-grandchild Claire Marie Mitchell. He also leaves two nephews Elton O. McLendon and wife Barbara, and R.E. McLendon III and wife Sandra along with two nieces Bobbie Hartley and Elizabeth Steiner and husband Bobby and one sister-in-law Marie McLendon. His parents, two brothers Elton McLendon and R.E. McLendon and one sister Vera Crenshaw preceded him in death.
Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, October 31, 2006, at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home.
Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, November 1, 2006 at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home. The Rev. Marian Beosen will officiate. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park directed by Roller-Citizens (870) 572-2571.