Pat Neff McClellan was born on July 30, 1920. Like his brothers and sisters born before him, he grew to manhood in the Hill Community, Coleman County, Texas. From 1927 to 1933 he attended Hill School in Hill Community, near Gouldbusk, Texas, Coleman County, Texas. He attended Mozelle High School in Mozelle, Texas, Coleman County, Texas from 1934 to 1939, graduating in May, 1939. Pat Neff McClellan was an excellent athlete and a member of the 1939 Mozelle championship basketball team. He became a Christian on August 10, 1937 and became a member of the Bethel Baptist Church, Hill Community, Coleman County, Texas.
Pat Neff McClellan entered the United States Army Air Corps in 1942. He trained in Texas, Florida, Kansas and Utah. In February, 1944, he was assigned duty in England. He flew bombing missions with the 467th Bomb Group over enemy-held territory in Europe while stationed in England. During this time, he became a T/Sergeant and was the Assistant Engineer and nose gunner on a B-24 Liberator. On May 11, 1944, his plane was shot down and he and his crew were taken prisoner and held in confinement in Allied Internment Camp in Adelboden, Switzerland for nine months and five days(May 11, 1944 to February 16, 1945). He and the members of the 467th Bomb Group received the Presidential Citation for the mission they were shot down. On October 29, 1945 Pat Neff McClellan was discharged from the United States Air Corps with the rank of Technical Sergeant.
Pat Neff McClellan returned to Goldsmith, Texas, Ector County, Texas where he was employed by Phillips Petroleum Gasoline Division of Goldsmith, Texas for six and ½ years. It was during this time period that he met Kathryn Mae Evans, who was employed by Cities Service Gasoline Plant in Goldsmith, Texas. On Sunday, October 3, 1948 at 8:30 am, in the Goldsmith Methodist Church their wedding occurred. Shortly after their wedding in 1948, both Pat Neff and Kathryn Mae (Evans) McClellan ventured into the Sales Division of Phillips Petroleum where they worked for the next 25 years! During these years they started a trucking business known as Pat N. McClellan, Inc. which developed into a combination of pump trucks, vacuum trucks, and dirt work equipment. In 1956, Kathryn Mae (Evans) McClellan delivered twin boys, but they did not live to the end of the month they were born.
Special achievements for Pat Neff McClellan were: 1) he completed 50 years with the IOOF Fraternal Order of Oddfellows, 2) he was a 32nd Degree Mason, 3) he was a charter member of the Goldsmith Volunteer Fire Department 4) a member of the Chamber of Commerce and Lions Club of Goldsmith, and 5)Institutional Representative for the Boy Scouts of America. He was a practicing Christian and member of the Goldsmith Methodist Church, who reminded family, friends, and even strangers to “praise the Lord.” Pat Neff McClellan died on Tuesday, July 18, 2000 at the age of 79 at his residence in Goldsmith, Texas. He was buried Saturday, July 22, 2000 in the Sunset Memorial Gardens in Goldsmith, Texas.