James McLellan

James Franklin "Mac" McLellan III

March 16, 1954 - December 10, 2020
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James Franklin “Mac” McLellan, III, 66, of Fayetteville, formerly of Pine Bluff, died Thursday, December 10, 2020.

He was born March 16, 1954 in Pine Bluff, son of James Franklin “Jim” McLellan, Jr. and Shirley Hutson McLellan.

Mac was reared and received his early education in Pine Bluff, graduating from Pine Bluff High School in 1972. He earned his Bachelors Degree in Biology from Southwestern at Memphis (now Rhodes College) in 1976. While attending Southwestern he was a member of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity and he graduated with Distinction. He attended graduate school at Virginia Tech and at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

He worked riverboats on the Arkansas and Mississippi Rivers. Mac conducted DNA research at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for two years and taught high school Biology in Helena, Arkansas. He taught Botany Labs at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. Mac also worked for Walmart for the last 17 years.
Mac was a lifelong member of First Presbyterian Church in Pine Bluff. He loved thoroughbred racing, gardening, cooking and reading. Mac was also very mechanical and could fix anything. He enjoyed watching sports, politics, and movies on television and listening to all kinds of music.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his wife Dana Dawson McLellan; brother, Jerry McLellan and his wife, Dr. Mary Robbins, of Florence, Alabama; sister, Margaret McLellan of Little Rock; sister-in-law, Robin Banks Dawson of Pine Bluff; nieces and nephews, Katie McLellan, Alexandria McLellan, Andy Smith and Mollie Mae Henager.

Graveside services will be 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at Graceland Cemetery in Pine Bluff with Dr. John Landis officiating by Ralph Robinson and Son Funeral Directors.

Memorials may be made to Nature Conservancy, 4245 North Fairfax Drive, Suite 100, Arlington, Virginia 22203.

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    Wednesday, December 16, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Wednesday, December 16, 2020 2:00pm
    Graceland Cemetery
    2493 West Pullen Street
    Pine Bluff, AR 71601
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Bill Jones

Posted at 11:07am
Dana, Mac, and Jerry,
I was very sory to hear of Mac's passing. I regret not being able to attend the service but really appreciated being able to watch it on line. Mac was a great husband, brother, cousin and friend and will be greatly missed.

-Bill Jones

Marianne Jones

Posted at 05:54pm
So sad to hear about Mac. I have so many wonderful memories of him. Prayers of peace and comfort to Dana, Margaret, Jerry and all our family. Much love from Hawaii. Marianne


Posted at 11:58am
Our love and prayers are with you, Dana and all you & Mac's family as you have his service today. We pray God's comfort, peace & strength and loving memories of Mac will carry you all through each day forward until that day you see him again at your eternal reunion. With our love, Beverly & Jo Chesser

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Posted at 09:59am
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Eloise Julian

Posted at 11:10am

Dana so sorry to hear of James (Mac) passing. He will be missed here at Walmart. He was a great co worker and friend. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May God bless and comfort you.

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