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Circuit Court bailiff Roger McClanahan dies suddenly

Published: 10:13 AM, 07/23/2013 Last updated: 10:13 AM, 07/23/2013

Author: Duay O'Neil
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

NEWPORT-Hundreds of friends joined the family of Roger McClanahan, Circuit Court bailiff, at Wilsonville Baptist Church to celebrate the life of the popular courthouse figure who died suddenly Friday morning of an apparent heart attack at his home.

Court officials became concerned Friday when McClanahan failed to report for work, and sheriff's deputy was sent to his home.

McClanahan, 72, had been employed by the Circuit Court for over four years, starting during the tenure of former Sheriff Claude Strange.

"Roger will truly, truly be missed," said Circuit Court Clerk Peggy Lane early Monday morning. "He took care of everything, anything that needed to be done.

"He always had all our paperwork, books, and files in place for court," she continued, "both for me and for the judge. He also took care of the jury. He accompanied the jury to and from their room and stayed with them during their deliberations. He set up transportation for the jury. All you had to do was ask, and Roger would take care of everything."

For more details, please see the Tuesday edition of the Newport Plain Talk.

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