Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

November 12, 2012

Powell man celebrates 90th by piloting plane

From Staff Reports
Corsicana Daily Sun

Powell — Coy Wayne (C.W.) McClendon of Powell decided to do something a little different for his 90th birthday — fly his plane.

McClendon was a tail gunner in the Navy in World War II. His aircraft carrier, the Ommaney Bay, was sunk by a Japanese Kamakaze pilot in 1945.

For his 90th birthday, McClendon wanted to fly his plane, and he was accompanied by his son, Dan McClendon, a Burleson business owner, and Dan’s son, Jack, a student at Tarrant County Junior College. Both younger McClendons are “fly boys” too — Dan is a pilot, and Jack is taking pilot lessons.

C.W. McClendon lives in Powell with his wife of 63 years, Joy.