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OBITUARY: Adam Joseph McClung

Cattle and Beef Industry News
Aug 11, 2017
by WLJ

Adam McClung: 1980-2017

Adam Joseph McClung, 37, of Vilonia, AR, passed away Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017, at the Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock after a brief, but severe illness. He was born Feb. 11, 1980, in Conway, AR, to parents, Dickie and Marshia. On July 3, 2010, he married Chantel Powell in Little Rock, AR. On May 26, 2015, they welcomed a daughter, Magdelana “Maggie” Blair.

He went to Eastern Oklahoma State College and Oklahoma State University on livestock judging scholarships, receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science with emphasis on business and agriculture economics. He worked in the cattle industry almost his entire career. Starting as director of membership for the Arkansas Cattlemen’s Association (ACA), McClung had a passion for the cattle industry and the farm and ranch families who make it all happen. He served for a year as the director of industry relations with the Oklahoma Beef Council before returning to ACA in 2009 where he was currently serving as executive vice president.

He was recognized in 2014 by the White House and USDA as a “Champion of Change” and was among 15 agriculturists from around the country identified as a leader in his or her agriculture-related industry that year, according to USDA.

McClung and his family raised cattle and spent a lot of time improving the farm they called 7 Diamond 3 McClung Cattle Co.

He was preceded in death by his mother. In addition to his wife and daughter, he is survived by his father; stepfather, George Coleman; and sisters, Hannah and Sarah McClung.

An education fund has been established for his daughter. Make checks out to: “Maggie Blair Education Fund” in memory of Adam McClung. They can be mailed to Peoples Bank, Maggie Blair Education Fund, 20409 Arch Street, Little Rock, AR 72206.

A memorial service was held Aug. 11 at Springhill Baptist Church in Greenbrier, AR.

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