J Richard McClendon

Passed away on October 13, 2020

J. Richard McClendon, of El Dorado, AR; died on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at his home following a brief illness.

Born in Strong, AR; he was the son of John Terrell McClendon and Zella Walton McClendon. Richard graduated from Southern State College and was a member of the Southern Arkansas University Alumni Association for many years. After college, Richard served in the U.S. Army and was stationed at Fort Lewis, WA in the late 50's. He then started a career as an insurance agent retiring from American General Insurance after 32 years; during which he was a member of the El Dorado Life Underwriters Association. Active in the community, Richard was a member of the Union County Genealogy Society, the Union County Republican Club and First Baptist Church of El Dorado.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Donald and James B. McClendon, his sisters Lorene Gardner and Laura Sue Carr.

Survivors are a brother Ray McClendon of Strong along with several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services by Young's Funeral Directors will be at 11 am, Friday, October 16, 2020 at Ebenezer Presbyterian Church Cemetery near Strong with Rev. Brian Trostle officiating. Honorary pallbearers are Mike McGough, Lloyd Franques, Andy Chanler and Jeffery Sawyer.

The family wishes to thank Richard's First Baptist Church Family and Rev. Brian Trostle for the fellowship and care they provide to Richard.

Memorials may be made to Arkansas Baptist Children's Home, 222 West Pope Avenue Monticello, AR 71655.

An online registry is available at


  • Graveside Service

    Friday, October 16, 2020


J Richard McClendon

have a memory or condolence to add?

Martha Hoggard-Cripe

October 17, 2020

Sometimes lax on missing events, I just heard of Richard McClendon's passing. I am so very sorry to hear of it; Richard was a friend, so nice to me when I first attended our home church. He was oftentimes a "political friend" also. I always admired that he was staunch and solid in what he believed. Far more unwavering than I, he would give his opinion so diplomatically that I would find myself later digesting what he said. And later on he'd be proved right! I suspect that he was praying for me during certain pitfalls in my thinking through on an issue. Richard was never without what I'd describe as his having a keen sense of propriety. He was supremely a gentleman if ever there was one. I shall miss you and your wisdom, Richard!

Todd Smith

October 17, 2020

My thoughts & prayers are with Richard’s friends & family. He was a gentleman, a servant of God, & a loyal friend to many.

Doug Burbank

October 16, 2020

So sorry about Mr.Richard.He was one of my favorite “pew buddies”at First Baptist. He was a true gentleman and will be greatly missed at our church.
Prayers to his family and those that knew him.

Jim and Jan Ainsworth

October 15, 2020

We were neighbors of Richard for 6 years beginning in 2006 and in that time he became a good friend. During that time he purchased a desktop computer and spent many hours learning to use this new technology. If he ran into a problem he needed help with, he would call for assistance and I would go to his house to help him. Once he drove us to his home in Strong and proudly showed us his car and talked about his life growing up in Strong.
We stayed in touch with Richard since we moved from El Dorado in 2012. I called and visited with him October 6 and he said he had been sick for awhile.
Richard’s kindness as a friend and neighbor will be a lasting memory for Jim and I.

Terry & Betty Williams

October 14, 2020

Sorry for your loss our prayers are with you.


Learn more about the McClendon name