Our precious son, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend Christopher Sean McClendon went through the gates of Heaven on January 16, 2020. God and Dad were there waiting to greet him. Chris was born on July 2, 1973, to parents Mark and Sheryl (Reber) McClendon in Weatherford, OK.
Chris could light up a room with his sweet, infectious smile, and accepted everyone as they were. He loved trains, watches, taking out the trash, going out to eat (especially to Sonic for his vanilla coke!), animals, and Special Olympics where he bowled and played bocce with the F.R.I.E.N.D.S. group. Chris loved his family and friends most of all. We will forever miss his innocent, precious smile and laugh, and him telling each of us that he had a dream about us and it was a nightmare.
He would say "This is my sister Shana, my brother Matt," and was learning to say "this is my sister-in-law Heather." He loved all of you so much.
Most of all, this Mom will miss all of the I love you's, holding my hands, his arm around my shoulders, my hugs and all his kisses on my head, and making sure we got where we were going. In Chris's own way, he was showing us all how to be kind to each other and tell each other we love them because life is short. What a legacy!
He could hear a phone number or hear a birthday and he would remember it. Yes, he was my own personal GPS. If he had been there once he could take you right back there again. HE might not see you in a while but when he did, it was as if he had seen you yesterday. No matter how bad I looked, he would always tell me, "you look pretty mom."
We are so over the moon grateful that Chris filled our lives with his joy. He wants to see each of you again. So in his own way, he would say get your heart right with Jesus so one day when it is your time, I will be at the gates of Heaven waiting for you alongside Jesus to welcome you home with that wonderful smile.
Bye for now my sweet boy - see you later. You are forever loved!
Chris is preceded in death by his father Mark McClendon; grandparents John & Anna Reber and Vern McClendon; great-grandparents Edgar & Florence Reber, Henry & Mary Kluver, Jo & Ruth McClendon, and Fred & Glenna Irion; uncles Merle Ray McClendon, John Lynn Reber, and Ricky Reber.
He is survived by is mother Sheryl; sisters Shana McClendon, Kristin Gilke, and Janessa Dowers; brothers Matt McClendon and Steve Dowers; precious grandmother Zoie McClendon; uncles Mike McClendon & wife Hannie, and Monte McClendon & wife Judy; great-uncle Bill Kluver, and John Glenn & wife Jo; aunt Alta Reber; nephews Zane Riffe, T.J. Brown & wife Jessica, Dakota Dowers, and Colton Dowers; nieces Savannah Riffe and Jessica Brown; along with many other loving family members & friends.
Visitations will be held Tuesday, January 21st from 9:00 AM -8:00 PM located at Ingram, Smith & Turner Mortuary in Yukon, OK. Services will be Wednesday, January 22 at 2:00 PM at Bethel Community Church in Yukon, OK with burial at the Yukon Cemetery to follow.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the F.R.I.E.N.D.S. group to help with the Special Olympics. Donations can brought to Ingram, Smith & Turner Mortuary.
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