Jerry Learmar McClung, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend passed away peacefully on November 1, 2023, at his home surrounded by family and loved ones. Born on November 12, 1940, in El Dorado Arkansas, he was the son of Monroe and Mable McClung.
The time of the visitation will take place on Tuesday, November 7, 2023, from 5-7 p.m. The funeral service for Mr. McClung will take place on the following day Wednesday, November 8, at 10:00 a.m., at Harper Talasek Funeral, 503 N. Main Street, Belton.
Jerry will be remembered for his unwavering kindness, infectious sense of humor, and deep love for his family and friends. He leaves behind his devoted wife of 42 years, Janice York McClung, his three children: Joe Dean Smith and wife Brenda of College Station, Sindy Manley of Bryan and Ray C. Smith and wife Kim of Winnsboro, his sister-in-law Hazel McClung of Waterproof, Louisiana, niece Lynn Case and husband Kenneth of Vidalia, Louisiana, nephew Rick McClung and wife Lynn of Parker. He also leaves behind 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren, great-nieces and nephews and several lifelong friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents Monroe and Mable McClung, his brothers Richard McClung, Monroe McClung and Fred McClung, his son Jack L. Smith and daughter Melissa Denice McClung.
Jerry was the owner of JL Backhoe Service for the last 53 years. Jerry never met a stranger and left an everlasting impression on everyone he met. Jerry was an avid collector, he held a private pilot license and enjoyed showing off his toys whenever he got the chance. He was also a member of the Northside Church of Christ in Temple.
The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to the nurses and caregivers. A special thank you to Katelin Green and Teresa Gaines of Enhabit Hospice, Amber McGuire and Karen Scallions. We are forever grateful for the kindness and love they poured into him.
In his memory, may we find solace in the cherished moments shared and the permanent mark he left on our lives. Jerry’s legacy will continue to live on through the love and kindness he showed to all. May his soul find eternal peace.