William Albert McClanahan, 86, of Fort Valley, passed away Sunday, December 4, 2011 at Royal Haven in Woodstock. The funeral will be held Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church in Fort Valley. Reverend Shelby DePriest will officiate. Burial will follow in Clem- Golladay Cemetery in Fort Valley.
Mr. McClanahan was born January 30, 1925 in Bee Tree, MD., son of the late William John and Marian Pearl Spicer McClanahan. He was an U.S. army veteran of World War II, formerly owned and operated McClanahan Lumber Mill in Edinburg and was a farmer. He was a member of Faith Lutheran Church where he served on the council and a former member of Fort Valley Ruritan Club. He was preceded in death by a son, Rev. Elmo Mantz; sister, Carole Murphy and brother, Melvin McClanahan.
He is survived by his wife, Ellanora Heishman McClanahan whom he married on October 19, 1974; son, Bill Mantz and his wife Jennifer of Fort Valley; three daughters, Caroline M. Juliano and her husband Victor of Woodstock, Carol M. Stephens and her husband Jerry of Fort Valley and Debra S. Crisman and her husband Philip Jr. of Fort Valley; daughter-in-law, Rev. Shelvie Mantz of Fort Valley; sister, Shirley Clement of Monkton, MD; 37 grandchildren, 53 great grandchildren, 7 step grandchildren and 6 great-great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Tommy McClanahan, Trent Stephens, Barry Ritenour, Philip Crisman III, Cathy Mantz and Tracey Asbridge.
Honorary pallbearers will be Philip Crisman Jr., Victor Juliano, Jerry Stephens, Christopher Stephens, Rocky Ritenour, Cecil Heishman, Charles Heishman ,Phil Heishman ,Michael Lang, Eugene Bulatko, Ford Mantz, and Bill Mantz.
The family will receive friends Tuesday from 7-8 p.m. at the Dellinger Funeral Home in Woodstock.
Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Lutheran Church, 4260 Fort Valley Road, Fort Valley, VA. 22652 or Fort Valley Substation of Woodstock Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 221., Woodstock, VA 22664.