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307 South Palm Avenue
Palatka, FL 32177
Phone: (386) 325-4521
George  MacClellan

George Edward MacClellan

Wednesday, June 29th, 1938 - Sunday, February 2nd, 2020
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George Edward “Ed” MacClellan of Palatka passed away on February 2nd, 2020 following a brief illness
He was born in Lakeland, Florida on June 29, 1938, the 4th child of Donald T. and Jean Reynolds MacClellan. He spent his childhood in Atlanta, Georgia and moved to Hawthorne, Florida in the 10th grade. He graduated from Hawthorne High School in 1957.
He received his Associate of Arts degree from Central Florida Junior College in Ocala, Florida, attended the University of Florida, received a Bachelor of Ministry from Freedom University and a Doctorate of Ministry in Psychology from Faith Bible Theological Seminary.
He spent his entire adult life working with at-risk children, including the Gainesville Boys Club, Youth Minister at Highlands Presbyterian Church, juvenile officer with the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, assistant director of the Florida Sheriffs Boys Ranch, Executive Director of Rodeheaver Boys Ranch, as co-founder and director of Florida Horsemen’s Childrens Home. He finished his noble and rewarding career as the Executive Director of the Florida Association of Christian Child Caring Agencies. Throughout his lifetime he always put others before self. He was dedicated to making the lives of children in need better. During his career he helped thousands of children.
He was a member of several child care organizations and served as President of the National Fellowship of Child Care Executives and President of the Florida Association of Christian Child Caring Agencies.
He attended Christ Independent Methodist Church for over 50 years where he served on the Hospitality Committee for over 20 years and served as Chairman of the Board
Preceding him in death are his parents, older brother Don, younger sister Jill and sister Jean Marie (age 2).
Survivers include his wife of 51 years, LouAnn MacClellan, sons, Chanse MacClellan and Evan (Lisa) MacClellan, daughter, Audrey MacClellan, Sisters Nancy Sears and Kathleen Purcell (Bill), 6 Grandchildren, Brandin MacClellan (Adrien), Clayton MacClellan, Chanley MacClellan (Kassie), Bijou Powell, Aidan Powell and Caty Powell, four great grandchildren, Aiden, Colton, Charlee and Kolsyn, and several nieces and nephews.
Flowers are gratefully accepted, but please consider donations to Rodeheaver Boys Ranch, 380 Boys Ranch Rd., Palatka, FL 32177 or Christ Independent Methodist Church, 4078 Silver Lake Dr., Palatka, FL 32177.
Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at Christ Independent Methodist Church in Palatka with Rev. Amos Price and Rev. Michael Hudson officiating. The family will receive friends at the church on Wednesday beginning at 10:00 a.m. until time of services. Burial will follow at Ochwilla Cemetery at 2:30 p.m.
Memories and condolences may be expressed to the family at Ed’s Book of Memories page at
Arrangements are entrusted to Johnson-Overturf Funeral Home in Palatka.
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, February 5th, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Wednesday, February 5th, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
    Christ Independent Methodist Church
    4078 Silver Lake Drive
    PALATKA, FL 32177
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  • Service

    Wednesday, February 5th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Wednesday, February 5th, 2020 11:00am
    Christ Independent Methodist Church
    4078 Silver Lake Drive
    PALATKA, FL 32177
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    Rev. Amos Price
    Rev. Michael Hudson
  • Interment

    Ochwilla Cemetery
    SR 21 N
    Ochwilla, FL 32640
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Sara Elizabeth Toddie Jeter

Posted at 02:23pm
A giant has fallen. A man who was loved and admired by all who knew him. 💔

The MacClellan's were houseparents when my parents first came to work at the ranch and their kids, though a bit older than me, were very sweet boys. They also stood up at my parents wedding, so needless to say, it was a long standing friendship.
Later, I remember them from living just down the road from us, when Dad became the director at the ranch.

As I have learned, there is nothing you can say that truly expresses the numerous ways Mr. MacClellan touched lives or even begin to describe the sort of man who would devote his life to helping others. The grief simply speaks for itself, and the knowledge that the world has lost a precious and much needed light.

Sending all my love to his family and those many others who loved him.

Roger Rice

Posted at 11:02am
Please accept my condolences, Ed was the most kindest man and touched so many lives. He will be missed by many.
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