Ethel C. McClurg

May 21, 1918February 2, 2013

Ethel C. McClurg, 94, of Rising Sun and former Connersville resident, died Saturday morning, February 2, 2013, at her residence.

Ethel was born in Morehead, Kentucky, May 21, 1918, to Zenas Walton and Bertha Frances Plank Clark and attended Haldeman High School near Morehead. On January 7, 1936, she was married in Morehead to Ernest McClurg and they moved to Connersville where she was employed at Philco-Ford for fourteen years. Ethel’s primary attention was to her family as a devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a member of the Western Avenue Baptist Church and enjoyed crocheting afghans and reading. She grew exceptional flower gardens at her home, often attracting enthusiasts from other communities.

Ethel is survived by her children and their spouses: Joyce C. Sweatt and Charles of Buchanan, Tennessee; Peggy S. Tressler and Bruce of Rising Sun; Larry Clark McClurg of Linton; her sister: Kathleen Lykins of Connersville; her grandchildren and their spouses: Clark McClurg and Mary Ann, Lora VanSickle and Mark, Charles Drew and Stacy, Cindy Alcorn and Billy, Joseph Poe and Belinda, Julie Moore, Jon Miller and Shirley, Jayne Jackson, Jay Miller and Maggie, Jeff Miller, Steve Sweatt, Stacy McCluskey and Harold, Dee Sweatt and Mike Doris, Stan Tressler and Becky, Andy Tressler and Patti, Pete Tressler and Lisa, Laine Redding and Aaron, Brad Tressler; many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Ethel was preceded in death by her husband who died December 7, 1992; her granddaughter: April McClurg; three sisters: Patty Colter; Betty Jones and infant Irene Clark; four brothers: Harry, Eugene, Joseph and infant Keith Clark.

Funeral services will be conducted at 12 noon, Tuesday at Showalter Blackwell Long Funeral Home, Myers Chapel, Connersville, with Pastor Troy Bishop of the Western Avenue Baptist Church officiating. Interment will follow in Dale Cemetery. Friends may visit at the funeral home from 10 a.m. Tuesday until the time of service where memorial contributions may be made to the Western Avenue Baptist Church or Kings Daughters Hospice, Madison. For additional information and to send condolences or memories, go to



  • Visitation Tuesday, February 5, 2013
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, February 5, 2013


  • Interment

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Brian&Pam Stewart

February 5, 2013

Clark & Lora & Family Im So Sorry to Hear of your Loss of your Grandma I got to meet her and she was a very Sweet Person if you need us we are here for you two we love you very much....Brian & Pam Stewart

Jackie and Sandra Plank

February 5, 2013

We are so sad to hear of the passing of Ethel. She was loved by everyone who knew her and will be deeply missed. May God comfort you in this difficult time. We love you all.

February 5, 2013

To the family of Ethel, She was a great lady and I will always cherish the fond memories. May God wrap his arms around you and give you the strength to get through the next few days and weeks to come. Love you all. Eva Jane Little (Morehead, KY)

Larry Larson

February 4, 2013

Ethyl and Ernie were giants in the service of the Lord. I praise the Lord for her persistence in taking my sisters and me to church every time the door swung. Until that special day that the Lord called on my ear and I said yes. Ethyl has been a very central figure in my life not only by her love but by the example she set before us. Thank You Jesus for placing such a person in the life of a ten year old sinner. In addition the friendship of Peggy, Larry, and Joyce. Praise the Lord for all He is and all He does through His saints.

Kate (Clark) Stuart

February 4, 2013

Wishing family comfort during this sad time, and prayers of joy in remembering what a wonderful woman Aunt Ethel was. My love to you all and apologies that I can't be there.

Belinda Johnson

February 3, 2013

I don't know if Ethel's family will remember me or not. We lived in the apt. above the garage when I was born in 1951. I am Belinda Johnson. Ethel was a very dear friend and held a special place in my heart. She was with my mother the day I was born and Ethel & Ernie always treated me like one of their own. I lived away from here for several years and had lost track of her. I am so sorry for your loss. Ethel was a dear loving caring person.
God bless your family during this difficult time..

Ron & Betty Gay Fox

February 3, 2013

I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother and grandmother. May God comfort you in the days ahead. Hopefully your memories of her will help you through.