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Willis Bertrand McClung

Obituary for Willis Bertrand McClung

August 21, 1984 - September 3, 2018
Austin, Texas | Age 34


Born August 21, 1984 in San Antonio, Texas to Mary Margaret Honea McClung and John Leslie McClung, Willis died on September 3, 2018 to join the company of Saints departed. He died from complications of Diabetes.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, The Rev. Bertrand Needham Honea, Jr., for whom he was in part named; paternal grandmother June Miller McClung, grandfather John P. McClung, great grandparents Charlie McKinley Murphree and Leslie Miller.

Willis lived in San Antonio until he was twenty-two. He moved to Austin to pursue his passion and talent for music with many friends and collaborators. He played guitar, bass, pedal steel guitar, Moog, piano, harmonica, and many other instruments. Willis also loved his work as a sound engineer at a well-regarded Austin recording studio. Like most musicians, Willis had other jobs to support his music life, working at the Texas School for the Blind and The Boys and Girls Club of Austin providing after school tutoring for at-risk children. In the few years immediately preceding his death, Willis worked with his hands as a carpenter.

Willis was an Eagle Scout. He was all the things a scout professes to be: Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean and Reverent. Willis is remembered by his family and friends for his kind and gentle spirit. He was a "live and let live" person. There are not enough tears to fill the void of his early departure from us.

Willis is survived by a legion of friends, his beloved dog "Echo", and by his family, namely; his parents Mary and John McClung, siblings Andrew Miller McClung and Margaret Patricia McClung, grandmother Patricia Murphree Honea, aunts and uncles Paula McClung Camp, Bertrand N. Honea, III, Willis M. Honea, Elizabeth Honea Buckles, great aunt Mary Charlie Murphree, great uncle James Murphree and numerous cousins.

A memorial service will be held at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 315 E. Pecan, San Antonio at 2 pm, Wednesday, September 5th, with a celebration of his life immediately following at Los Patios, 2015 NE Loop 410. In lieu of flowers, donations to I Care San Antonio, 1 Haven for Hope Way, San Antonio 78207 or online ( are welcomed. Your gift will support diabetic education and related vision care.

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