Tuesday, September 02, 2008

To rest....

DH recieved sad news over the weekend...

His spiritual mentor, friend, and Brother in arms, has departed this Earth...

Chaplain David McLemore
Chaplain “Col.” David McLemore was carried from the field of battle, having gained his final victory shortly after midnight Sunday, Aug. 31, 2008. He was surrounded by his loving family his body was draped with the flag which he loved and under which he served for more than 24 years. He is walking the streets of gold with his Heavenly Father whom he served faithfully since he accepted Christ at the age of 9 at the Baptist Church in Wilmar, Ark.
David grew up in Wilmar, the oldest of four children and graduated from Wilmar High School in 1966. He received his BS in mathematics from the University of Arkansas at Monticello and a master’s in divinity from Southwestern Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. He served as a pastor for 36 years including 21 years as senior pastor at Second Baptist Church in Russellville.
He served as a military chaplain with the Arkansas National Guard’s 39th Infantry Brigade, retiring in 2008 with the honorary rank of general. He attended the Army’s War College in Pennsylvania in 2000 and was promoted to the rank of colonel in 2004. His first deployment was in 1990 in support of Operation Desert Storm. His second deployment with the 39th was from 2003-05 in which he served as senior chaplain for the entire 39th Brigade.
He was preceded in death by his parents, P.D. and Ellen Zirlene McLemore.
He is survived by his wife, Margie McLemore, Russellville; his son, Jared McLemore, London; his daughter, Sarah Reel, Russellville; two grandchildren, Meredith and Chase Reel, Russellville; a brother, Jerry McLemore, Monticello; two sisters, Linda Sawyer, Russellville and Karen Cherry, Summersville, W.V.; his stepmother, Janie McLe-more, Wilmar.
Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2008, at Second Baptist Church. Rev. Bob Parsley will officiate. Burial will be at Hudson Cemetery at Moreland by Humphrey Funeral Service. Visitation will be 6-7:30 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Arkansas Baptist Children’s Home, 16502 Lawson Road, Little Rock, AR 72210.
Internet obituary and online guest book are available at www.humphreyfuneral.com.

Prayers, and condolences from our home to the homes of Chaplain MaLemore, and his family, friends, and his church family....

Your loving spirit, kindness, spirit, and service to your Country will be remembered.

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