Lake McGee McClung

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Lake McGee McClung, affectionately known as "Mac" and "Ghee" died peacefully Sept. 13th, 2011 at North Florida Regional Medical Center, Gainesville, FL. He was 77.

Lake was born at Hico, West Virginia on November 17th, 1933 to Crosby McClung and Margaret Iva McGee McClung. He worked for the Welch Daily News as a cub reporter and attended Kent State University in Ohio. He joined the US Air Force in 1954. His first assignment was in Kirknewton, Scotland, where he married the love of his life, Essie Monaghan, in 1956. They had two sons, Hugh H. McClung and Sean D. McClung.

In 1972, following retirement from the Air Force, his family settled in Gainesville, FL, where he pursued his passions of golf and music. He played the violin and fiddle proficiently in many musical venues, including a performance for Princess Alexandra, of England. He also sang solo for a Festival of Remembrance in Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland. He worked at Santa Fe College in the business programs department. Mac was a longtime member of the University of Florida Golf Course, was a Lady Gator Golf booster, a member of the TBPA (A British Heritage Society) and a member of the Alliance Francaise of Gainesville.

Preceding him in death are a great-granddaughter, Gabriella Thiele and his two sisters, Beamie Shaffer and Gonnie Seigel.

He is survived by his cherished wife, Essie, their two children, four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and many cousins, nieces, nephews, close relatives and wonderful friends across the world.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at WILLIAMS-THOMAS FUNERAL HOME DOWNTOWN, 404 North Main Street, Gainesville, FL on Saturday, September 17th at 10:00am. In lieu of flowers, please contribute to Haven Hospice of Gainesville, FL or the hospice of your choice.




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Published in Gainesville Sun from Sept. 15 to Sept. 17, 2011
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