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Ira Glenbon McClendon, known to his grandchildren as “Big Daddy,” passed just one day shy of his 80th birthday. He was born June 26, 1940 and died June 25, 2020.

Survived by his loving wife of 62 years Jacqueline Kitchens McClendon; sons, Terry McClendon (Ginger) and Phillip McClendon (Theresa); grandchildren, Ozzy McClendon (Lisa), Molly Blakeslee (Tim), Mason McClendon, and Sonny McClendon; great-grandson, Glen McClendon; sister, Patsy Frazier; and nieces and nephews who called him “Uncle Bubba.”

To know him was to love him. He was a master stone mason, gardener, hunter, fisherman, and loved to sing the music of the 50s and 60s. He was a Veteran of the U.S. Army.

Mr. McClendon was raised in East Nashville and moved to Hendersonville after going to work for Gates/Armstrong Tire. He laid stone for many in his retirement years. He created stone work for Barbara Mandrell, Josef Newgarden, Sr., Drew Maddux, Sr., Dr. Mendoza, Beth Longmire, Nancy Jo Martin, and countless others. Later he and Jackie built their dream cabin in Bethpage, where he was known to have more value in his stone mason work around the cabin than that of the cabin itself. His stone raised-bed vegetable garden was once featured in the Gallatin News.

Preceded in death by his father, Ira G. McClendon; mother, Dorothy McClendon; sister, Carol Roberson; and brother, Thomas McClendon.

Memorial service will be planned at a later date.

In lieu of flowers the family respectfully requests memorial contributions be made to Alive Hospice 1718 Patterson Street Nashville, TN 37203 or Sarah Cannon Research Institute 250 25th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37203.

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