Rev. Dr. Donald's Story
Rev. Dr. Donald R. McClenny DM (Don) passed peacefully at Legend Healthcare and Rehabilitation in Greenville, on Oct. 4, 2017, at the age of 82.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Myrna F. McClenny of Greenville; son Lee Vincent McClenny and wife Debbie of Crofton, Md.; daughter Katie Koleen (K.K.) Jones and husband Russ of Rosanky; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; cousins; nieces and nephew.
Donald was born to J.K. McClenny and Viola Tucker McClenny on March 4, 1935, in Amarillo (Potter County). He worked with his father until high school graduation, Amarillo High Class of 1954.
He was employed by Central Airlines and met Myrna F. McDaniel. Don honorably served in the U.S. Air Force and completed basic training at Lackland AFB in San Antonio. He returned to Amarillo to marry fiancée Myrna McDaniel on July 14, 1957. They honeymooned to his first duty station at McChord AFB, in Tacoma, Wash.
Donald continued USAF service to Anchorage, Alaska, at Elmendorf AFB. The couple's first child, Lee V. McClenny, was born in December 1958. Their next station was in Suffolk County, Long Island, N.Y., and daughter Kerrie Jo McClenny was born in October 1960. Don was honorably discharged August 1961, and returned to former employer Central Airlines in the Dallas area. In May 1972 their second daughter, Katie Koleen (K.K.) McClenny, was born. The family resided in Irving for 11 years.
They answered a call to ministry in 1977 and moved to Cisco, to be a full-time pastor in the Christian Church Disciples of Christ. Rev. McClenny was awarded his Master of Divinity degree from Texas Christian University Brite Divinity School. He was ordained May 1983. While serving Magnolia Avenue Christian Church and later served Poteau First Christian and Pryor First Christian in Oklahoma. In addition, while in Oklahoma, he successfully completed and received his Doctorate of Ministry from Phillips University.
Dr. McClenny resigned his pastorate in 1987 after he became ill and returned to North Texas. He resided in Greenville, where he served as interim minister of several congregations as his health would allow until ending his earthly journey on Oct. 4, 2017.
In life, his giving spirit touched many. In passing, he chose to continue to give by donating his body for study at Southwestern Medical School. Now with his Heavenly Father, his spirit remains.
Join the family in a celebration of life service on Sunday, Nov. 5, at 2:30 p.m., at Wesley United Methodist Church in Greenville. Reception to follow.
The family would like to thank all the caregivers at Legend Healthcare & Rehabilitation and Vitas Hospice for their support, services, dedication and care during this journey.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to the TCU Divinity Scholarship Fund c/o Mary Brouillette, Brite Divinity School Advancement, TCU Box 298130, Fort Worth, 76129 (http://www.brite.edu/give/memorialsandhonorarial).
Published on October 18, 2017