Carolyn McClanahan

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Jay Carolyn McClanahan passed from this life on January 28, 2018 surrounded by her family. We will gather for visitation from 6 to 8 PM on Wednesday, January 31, 2018, at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers. Family and friends will gather to celebrate her life of 74 years on Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 2 PM at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers followed by burial at Peaceful Gardens. 

Carolyn was born on February 7, 1943 to J.B. Springer and Pansy (Drennen) Springer in Lubbock, Texas. Growing up, she attended many different schools. The last one she attended was Spur High School in Spur, Texas where she met and married Kenneth McClanahan on April 18, 1959. Together, they raised three children in Lubbock. Kenneth preceded her in death on December 10, 2007. Carolyn worked as a billing supervisor in the Department of Pediatrics at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center for many years. She retired from there in 2002. After retiring, she worked part time at Accolade Home Health. Carolyn had a caring, kind and generous spirit. She was always happy and loved to visit with everyone she met. She cherished her family and loved spending time with them, along with traveling and spending time with her many friends. She will be missed by all who knew her.

She was preceded in death by her husband: her parents; one sister, Sharon Springer; one sister-in-law, Fay McClanahan; three nephews, Preston McClanahan, Scott Metsgar, and Adam McClanahan; and two great-nephews, Mike McClanahan and Andrew McClanahan.

Those left to cherish her memory include her children, Jaylee Hightower and husband, Paul of Lubbock; Kathy Snelson and husband, Larry of Lubbock; and Glenn McClanahan of Lake Ozark, MO; brothers, Johnny Metsgar and wife, Vivian of Azle, TX; Ronnie Metsgar and wife, Tricia of Lubbock; J.B. Springer of Owasso, OK, and Glen Springer of Broken Arrow, OK; brother-in-law, Lewis McClanahan of Ft. Towson, OK; grandchildren, Eddie Hightower, Krysta Hurt and husband, Sam; Tyler Snelson and Kendra Snelson, all of Lubbock; great-grandchildren, Cory Hegdal and Celia Hurt of Lubbock. She also leaves behind many nieces, nephews and other extended family members whom she loved dearly. 

The family would like to say a special “thank you” to Accolade Homecare and Hospice.


In lieu of flowers the family request donations to the Salvation Army, 1111 16th Street, Lubbock, Texas 79401.


9 thoughts on “Carolyn McClanahan”

  1. Linda Denson Braughton

    So sorry for your loss she was a sweet and wonderful lady. Sending love and prayers to all of the family

  2. Cindy Tucker Jones

    Carolyn will be truly missed. I can imagine the conversation she is having with my mom, Juanita Tucker. I am so sorry that I can not be there for the service. Prayers for your family. Love you guys.

  3. Dink Higginbotham

    Carolyn will be dearly missed , she was a very kind sweet thoughtful woman , a wonderful Lady with a Wonderful Family .My sincerest condolences…

  4. I am so sorry for the loss of this amazing lady. I worked with Carolyn in Pediatrics at TTUHSC for many years. Know that your mom touched many lives and left this world a better place, as she made such a big impact on so many lives.

  5. Karen Altman Robertson

    Carolyn was one of my longest and dearest friends…I loved her as so many others did….She was a wonderful person….I will miss her always…My Love and Prayers to the family

  6. It has been my pleasure to get to know Carolyn and her loving and caring family over the last few years. She fought the good fight and is now in a better place. She will live on in your beautiful memories.

  7. So sorry for your loss. Carolyn was angel as on earth too. She was the sweetest and most loving lady ever. Always smiling and helping other. I will miss her dearly along with many others that she touched. So sorry that I am unable to attend just know all of you are in my thoughts and prayers. If any one would like to send a memorial donation to the Salvation Army in Carolyn’s honor their address is P.O. Box 2785 Lubbock, Texas 79403.

  8. We will all miss Carolyns sweet nature. Our thoughts & prayers are with all of you. Love & Prayers, Stanley & Donna

  9. Suan (Shugart) Angelo

    Loving prayers for family and friends. Carolyn was in SHS when I was there, always a sweet and kind girl.

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