Ora McClendon, affectionately known as “Carol” to family and friends, passed away on April 14 at the age of 90.
She was born Ora Hopkins on Dec. 15, 1922 in the Jackson Parish of Quitman, Louisiana to Green and Rose Hopkins. She graduated from Chatum High School in Quitman and was a faithful member of the Saint Rest Missionary Baptist Church.
On Dec. 25, 1938, she married Rev. James “Jim” McClendon, and the couple had 11 children.
In 1945, McClendon and her family moved to Oakland.
She was an avid reader of the Bible and fellowshipped at many churches in the Bay Area.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her daughter Martha; her brothers and sisters, Rufus Hopkins, Jean Hopkins, Myrtle Johnson, Georgia Hendricks and Pleasant Hopkins.
She leaves to cherish her memory her brother Daniel Hopkins of Ruston, Louisiana; her children James McClendon, Jr. (Joyce), John McClendon, David McClendon, Barbara Bell (Julius), Rebecca Dawson, Paul McClendon, Mary Wooley, Dorothy Fennell, Matthew McClendon and Mr. and Mrs. Mark McClendon.
She also leaves 19 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren and many other relatives and friends.