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Clarence McClain Landrum

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Feb. 11, 1921 - Jan. 12, 2014 SOUTH BEND - Clarence "G" M. Landrum peacefully entered the Gates of Heaven on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 1:44 p.m. at his home surrounded by his loved ones. He was born in Collinwood, Tennessee on February 11, 1921 to Willy and Pearl Landrum. He was raised in Waterloo, Alabama and shared his childhood with 2 brothers, Ellis and Leo Landrum (both preceded in death) and 5 sisters, Artie Sharp of Waterloo, Alabama, Helen White of Mishawaka, Shelby Dawson-deceased, Pauline Moyer-deceased and Willie Tucker-deceased. At age 17, he spent time at the CC camp located in Fort McCullum, Alabama in the Volunteer Forestry Department. He retired after 23 years as a taxi driver. He also worked for Studebaker, Rockwell, security guard at Cobra in Elkhart, was an employee at Sanders Lumber Company, Greyhound Bus, a moonshiner during the Prohibition and a school bus driver. During his retirement, he helped many people by transporting them to appointments and shopping trips. Notable patrons included "Dancing Cathy," Gloria Long, Marie Ballentine and Jim Black, all of whom will greet him in Heaven. He married his beloved Beatrice "Bea" Landrum (preceded in death) on April 29, 1946 in Crittenden County, Arkansas. They moved to Mishawaka in 1948 and made a family with 10 children: Richard (Joanne) Landrum-deceased, Tommy Landrum-deceased, Larry Landrum-deceased, David Landrum of South Bend, Kenneth (Cindy) Landrum of South Bend, John (Joni) Landrum of Las Vegas, Brenda (Tony) Landrum of South Bend, Beverly (Dennis) Cromwell-deceased, Carolyn (Norm) Melton-deceased and Inez French of Phoenix, Arizona. He was the extraordinary grandfather to Amanda "Jo" (Brian) Kinzie of Mishawaka, Shana "Sasha Ree" Penn of Mishawaka, Angie "Angie-Dot" (Robert "Wes") Lucas of Granger, Melissa McKelvey of Mishawaka, Stacey "Bracey-Lynn" Landrum of South Bend, Ame Landrum of South Bend, Ryan "Hot-Rod" Landrum-deceased, Delores "Dee" (Jeff) Wilson of North Little Rock, Arkansas; Dawn Landrum-deceased, Robert (Lenora) Landrum, Mark "Spark Ballen" Landrum of Elkhart, Erik "Rock" Landrum of Manitow Springs, Colorado; Chad Vergauwen, Jamie Vergauwen, Melissa "Miss" Spriggs-Landrum of Mishawaka, Crystal (Donald) Darby of Mishawaka, Thomas "Tom-Tom" Landrum of Mishawaka, John "John-John" Landrum of Mishawaka, Bradley Landrum of Las Vegas, Tim Cromwell, Kelly Cromwell, John Cromwell of Fort Wayne, Shawn (Calvin) Stevenson of Mishawaka, Chris (Michelle) Ford of Mt. Vernon, Illinois; Terry Gurley, Tammy French, Angie French, Michael French, Shaun French and Jason French. He was the loving great-grandfather to Alyssa, Kaleb, Layten, Jocelyn, Noah, Marcus, Nick, Melodie, Paige, Destiny, Cheyenne, Lainey, Cheyne, Otto, Julia, Daria, Seth, Devin, Andrew, Raina, Dustin, Chantel, Haeli, Talyr, Derek, Brianna, Chelbie, Kamber and Carolyn. He was the caring great-great-grandfather to many great-great-grandchildren. He was the sweetest uncle, great-uncle and great-great-uncle to a multitude of nieces and nephews. He had special bonds with Stephanie "Stuff" Danbom, Luke Landrum-deceased, Peter Landrum, Kimra Cavinder, Kristian (Harmony) Cavinder and Kelly (Scotty and Zania) Tindle. Clarence was devoted to his church, with special friends Pastor Nick and Sister Lindsay DeCicco, Brother Scott, Bishop G. (deceased) and Sister Ebright, Sister Margaret, Sister Amy Hess, Sister Carol and little angels Ben, Stevie, Lilly and Emma. He had many friends, of which special relationships were formed with Richard Harker, Belle Leslie, Marshall from Riverview 500 and Bonnie White. He loved sitting in his rocking chair outside on warm days "working." He loved working in his garden, growing the biggest tomatoes and cucumbers in town. He was saved by our Lord, Jesus Christ in 1968 and has faithfully walked with God since. He had many joys in this life. His first priority was his relationship with God, closely followed by his family, coffee, diet soda and butterscotch candy. He would rock in his chair, drink his diet soda and tell us stories of his life. His favorite stories included getting his pilot's license and trading a pig for a Ford Model T. His favorite story to tell was when he was 8 years old, he was in love with his school teacher. One day, he saw a man at her house and was so upset she was "cheating" on him that he took a hoe to her garden and "chopped those flowers right up." You could always count on him for a great story and an even better laugh. He was the patriarch of our family and will be dearly missed. He touched the loves of so many with his laughter, love, faith and wisdom. He leaves behind a legacy that will honor him for many generations. To the world he may have only been one person, but to us he was the world. Our family would like to give many thanks to Pastor DeCicco, Hospice of St. Joseph County (especially Amanda RN, David RN, Brett RN, Betsy and Spiritual Advisor Ed), Dr. Turk of Mishawaka who took care of him for over 20 years, Sue with St. Joseph's VNA and Alick's Home Medical. Clarence's life will be honored during his visitation at First Apostolic Temple, 802 E. Mishawaka Avenue in Mishawaka on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 from 4 to 8 p.m. and his funeral at First Apostolic Temple, 802 E. Mishawaka Avenue in Mishawaka on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. There will be an hour of visitation one hour before the funeral. He will be laid to rest at Westlawn Cemetery in North Liberty, Indiana next to his beloved wife.
Published in South Bend Tribune on Jan. 14, 2014
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