Pioneer Of Pinellas Section Gone
Meets Death in Ashville---Leaves Large Family and Many Friends To Mourn
Clearwater, Aug. 11…Telegrams were received yesterday containing the news that J. Moffitt McClung, a pioneer of this section, had been injured in an automobile accident in Ashville, N. C. and this morning a telegram came stating that Mr. McClung had died in a hospital at 2 a. m. today.
Moffitt McClung, as he was known by everybody, was one of the most successful grove men in Pinellas county, as well as a financier and large stockholder in the Bank of Clearwater and director also in the Bank of Dunedin. He was noted throughout the county and south Florida as a man of industry and integrity. Mr. McClung was prominent in the workings in the Presbyterian church and an elder in the Andrews Memorial Presbyterian church of Dunedin.
The deceased came to what is now Pinellas county when a young man, from Virginia. He lived in the Dunedin neighborhood for over thirty years, having a large grove and packing house about a mile from that town. Mr. McClung is survived by a widow, now at the old home place near here, three sons, J. N. McClung of Clearwater, Percy McClung of Andalusia, Ala., and another son in Jacksonville and three daughters, Mrs. C. H. Dingeo and Misses Gertrude and Mary McClung of Dunedin and Mrs. Bertha Bull, of Jacksonville, besides a number of grandchildren.
Mr. McClung's age was seventy-two years. His death cast a gloom over the entire community, where he was much beloved and respected. The body will be brought from North Carolina to the Dunedin home, arriving on Sunday. Announcement of the funeral arrangements have not been made.
Source: Tampa Tribune: 8-15-1920
Transcribed, Formatted and Submitted by Linda Flowers