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Donald Rae "Buddy" McLelland

March 4, 1935 July 13, 2018
Donald  Rae "Buddy"  McLelland
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Obituary for Donald Rae "Buddy" McLelland

Donald Rae “Buddy” McLelland, 83, of Hot Springs went home to the Lord on July 13, 2018. He was born in Camden, AR, on March 4, 1935 to Tommy Kermit and Ora Estelle (Baxley) McLelland.

As a teenager, Buddy was fascinated by radio and built a wildcat radio station in his home in Camden. He graduated from Tyler Technical College in Tyler, TX, and pursued a career in broadcast engineering. Buddy built and maintained 17 radio stations throughout Arkansas and East Texas over the course of his career and was also a Radio DJ. After retiring from his career in radio, Buddy discovered a new calling in customer service at Kroger. He truly enjoyed the daily interactions and relationships with his customers, as well as his co-workers.

He is predeceased by his parents, sisters, Linda Nell Margis of El Dorado and Carolyn Landrum of Magnolia.

Loving Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Carla Walters McLelland, son, Brad (Jackie) McLelland of Hot Springs, AR; daughters, Roscette (Dan) Houston, of Houston, TX, Alicia McLelland of Abilene, TX, Jennifer (Terry) Fancher of Jonesboro, AR; sisters, Betty Kay (Hearl) Milholen, of Itasca, TX, Janis (Buddy) Sharp, of Harmony Grove, AR; grandson, Blake McLelland, of Hot Springs, AR; granddaughters, Dyllan Henderson, of Houston, TX, Ashton Henderson, of Allen, TX, and Riley Henderson, of Houston, TX.

Visitation for Buddy will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church, Hot Springs. His memorial service will immediately follow at 11 a.m. Bro. Mike Pounders will officiate.


Special thanks to family friend Pam Keck, the ICU & Step-Down staff at CHI St. Vincent, as well as the staff at Christus DuBuis for their compassionate and professional care.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Guardian Angels Cat Club.


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Visitation

Tuesday

17

Jul

10:00 AM 7/17/2018 10:00:00 AM
First Baptist Church

2350 Central Avenue
Hot Springs, AR 71913

First Baptist Church
2350 Central Avenue Hot Springs 71913 AR
United States

Memorial Service

Tuesday

17

Jul

11:00 AM 7/17/2018 11:00:00 AM
First Baptist Church

2350 Central Avenue
Hot Springs, AR 71913

First Baptist Church
2350 Central Avenue Hot Springs 71913 AR
United States
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