Born 8-27-1949 -- Died 11-22-2004
John Robert "Big Mac" McClannahan Jr., son of the late John Robert and Adelaide Wilson McClannahan, was born in Pittsburg, Pa., on Aug. 27, 1949. He was united in marriage to Nancy Gorecke in Las Vegas, Nev. Feb. 19, 1999. He departed this life in Calico Rock, Ark., Nov. 22, 2004, at the age of 55 years, two months and 26 days.
During his life, "Big Mac" worked as a steel worker, a disc jockey, a firefighter in a steel mill, and clean up man for a circus. He was a volunteer firefighter for Franklin Volunteer Fire Department.
He served with the United States Army in Vietnam where he held the rank of E5 Sergeant. He was awarded two silver stars, one bronze and two purple hearts. He was a member of the VFW Post 9578 in Alpine, Calif., DAV Association of the United Sates Army, Society of the 1st Infantry Division, the Vietnam Veterans Motorcycle Club and the Izard County Animal Rescue Effort.
Survivors include his wife, Nancy of the home; one son, Sean McClannahan of Melbourne, Ark.; one daughter and son-in-law, Erin Marks and husband, Jimmy, of Charlotte, N.C.
He was preceded in death by is parents, one sister and one brother.
Memorial services were Nov. 26 at the Roman and Billy Howard Memorial Chapel in Melbourne with Jimmy Marks speaking. Arrangements were under the direction of Eddie's Family Funeral Home.
Honorary pallbearers were Benny Cope, Max Greene, Doug Hampton, Jimmy Marks and Sean McClannahan.