By Special to the Daily World
Arthur Joseph McClung Jr. was remembered by family and friends for his community involvement in groups and organizations and helping others. The College Park resident died recently of colon cancer at Hospice Atlanta. He was 66.
Affectionately called Art he was diagnosed with cancer two year ago, and when his body slowed down, he pushed harder. His wife of 43 years, Angela R. McClung, said he “fought and battled courageously.” He was buried at Forest Lawn Cemetery with Murray Brothers Funeral Home in charge. Funeral service was at Ben Hill United Methodist Church, where Rev. Richard Wynn Sr. is pastor, on Friday, Feb. 17.
A native of Tuskegee, Ala., Art McClung was raised in Columbus, Ga., and graduated from Morehouse College with a degree in business administration. He was a member of nearly a dozen civic and community boards, including Habit for Humanity, Boys Scouts of America, Georgia Perimeter College’s Foundation, West End Rotary Club, the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta, Emory University Board of Visitors and MARTA.
Before he retired in 2008, McClung was director of Atlanta operations for Georgia Power Compary.
The deceased believed in standing up for what he believed in and believed leadership should be shared. “He wanted to bring in different voices so everyone could be heard,” Angela McClung said. Although he didn’t seek the limelight, he stood up for a fare increase – a move that did not go well with the Fulton County Commission. His wife concluded that this was a good example of McClung’s “core principles that you can disagree without being disagreeable.”
In the end, McClung was able to complete his term on MARTA, and “stood fast when he believed in something.”
In addition to his wife, Art McClung is survived by a son, Arthur Joseph “Trey” McClung III of Atlanta; two sisters Audrey McClung of Los Angeles and Lillian “Bunky” McClung Clark of Columbus.