Funeral services have been scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 9 at the Hermitage Funeral Home, Old Hickory, for Mr. W.J. "Mac" McCluskey, 90.
Chairman of the Wilson County Emergency Communications District 911 Board for 24 years, and for 31 years a highly-respected member of the Wilson County Commission, Mr. McCluskey died Sunday, April 6, 2014 Summit Hospital in Hermitage.
Retired from DuPont after 37 years as a mechanic, Mr. McCluskey was actively involved in many civic and charitable organizations including, 55 years of service with the Mt. Juliet Big Brothers where he served as Past President and Treasurer. He was a charter member in the Mt. Juliet Breakfast Rotary Club and logged over 60 years of membership in the Mt. Juliet Masonic Lodge, serving as a Past Master.
He was a longtime member of Cook’s United Methodist Church where he served in many capacities including Lay Leader and Administrative Board Chairman; membership on the Board of Directors of the Mt. Juliet Senior Citizens Center; and he worked the ticket gate at Mt. Juliet High School football games for many years.
Mr. McCluskey passionately served Wilson County throughout his life. In addition to his long tenure on the County Commission, he served for many years as Chairman of the Wilson County Board of Zoning Appeals.
In February of this year, he received the Lebanon-Wilson County Chamber of Commerce "Public Servant of the Year Award" at the annual Chamber Awards Banquet. August 20, 2013 was proclaimed, “Mac McCluskey Day” in Wilson County to recognize his lifelong service to the community.
Perhaps his proudest endeavor was his work with the Wilson County Emergency Communications District “911” Board. He was an original member of that board and served as Chairman for over two decades.
Under his leadership, the Wilson County 911 Board made great strides in advancing the cause of emergency response. In a field where the motto is “When Seconds Count,” Mr. McCluskey's leadership was instrumental in providing the citizens of Mt. Juliet, Lebanon and Watertown access to state-of-the art technology and emergency response.
The family will receive friends Tuesday between the hours of 4-8 p.m. and Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the service.
Survivors include: his wife of almost 70 years, Lanova Ligon McCluskey; son W.D. “Mack” (Janet) McCluskey of Lebanon and daughter Margaret (Bob) Pile of Pall Mall. Also surviving are five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Active pallbearers include: David Finchum, Bob Neal, Mike Jennings, Wally Gray, Ken Davis and Greg Semrow. Honorary: the Mt. Juliet Breakfast Rotary Club and his beloved caregiver, Kathy Sullivan.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to Cook’s United Methodist Church.
Arrangements are in the care of Hermitage Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens, Hermitage.