Shawn Harry McClellan passed away on Sunday, November 15, 2020, at Southern Tennessee Regional Health System in Winchester, Tennessee, at the age of 64. Shawn was born February 21, 1956, and was the son of Camille Davis McClellan and Floyd Eugene McClellan Jr. of Warren, Ohio.
Shawn was preceded in death by his parents, Camille and Floyd McClellan and his sister, Joy Jean McClellan. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Judy Cawthorn McClellan, brothers Mark McClellan, Ft. Wayne, Indiana, and Floyd McClellan, Vienna, Ohio.
Shawn attended high school at Howland High School in Trumbull County, Ohio, and graduated from Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio in 1979. During his time at OSU, he enjoyed 5 tours with “Elsie the Cow”, traveling with her as far as Puerto Rico for a month long stay, along with many other trips to U. S. cities for the Borden Company.
After graduation from OSU, Shawn was employed by NOBA, Inc, Tiffin, Ohio, as a District Sales Manager from 1980 to 1984. He then became a County Extension Agent with the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service in Burke County, Georgia, and advanced to County Extension Director in Liberty County, Georgia, until 1988. At that time Shawn finally made it to his most loved career choice as a charter boat captain on his Sailboat “Weadore” at Jekyll Island, Georgia. Having worked at many different jobs, beginning with his teenage years, it was also time for a real break. Shawn and Judy together were able to sail Weadore from Georgia to many of the Bahama Islands for several weeks before returning and Shawn becoming the Manager of Jekyll Harbor Marina. He was also able to continue his sailing charters that so many people were able to enjoy, mainly dolphin watch tours from the marina. He was able to continue in that position until his retirement to Winchester, Tennessee in 2010. Shawn was truly a multifaceted individual and anyone who he ever met was soon aware of that fact.
Work was not over at that point, his county extension employment provided him with all he needed to excel in landscaping and beautifying his and Judy’s new place. After that was complete, together they worked with their own small sawmill to mill lumber from trees from their own property which Shawn used to craft many pieces of furniture to enjoy.
Shawn also became an avid bicyclist as a member of the Highland Rim Bicycle Club. He completed the Bike Ride Across Georgia, as well as many camping out rides in different areas of Tennessee. He also enjoyed the many tandem bike rides made with Judy throughout Franklin County and loved telling everyone he got the chance that he was the only real power source. The two of them always got a good laugh together when she reminded him of her extra efforts that helped him top Tanyard Hill.
Shawn was a lover of all things great and small, his cats and dogs knew that best of all. He was a people person, never meeting a stranger and loved to help people out in anyway he could. He was always the go to person for all his immediate family and the true always solid rock in his marriage of 39 plus years. He loved time spent with friends and family sitting around the table anywhere to enjoy a meal or a game of monopoly where he was always “King”. Just shooting the bull with anyone was always a joy to him, and he thrived on a good debate about most any subject. Shawn was an exceptional man in numerous ways and he loved to share anything he had learned throughout his “Life’s Journey” with anyone and everyone, only hoping it would be of some help in their own.
Any tributes or lasting remembrances of Shawn will be so gladly received at The Shepherd Center of Atlanta, Georgia, that helped him so greatly after his spinal cord injury which resulted from an accident on March 31, 2019. The effort and determination Shawn has put forth and carried through faithfully until his death has inspired everyone who has seen him throughout this incredible journey. His constant attempt to recover as much as he possibly could, never lessened, and his continuous encouragement to all others in like condition at The Shepherd Center was always a part of his everyday struggles.
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