Clinger went to O’Henry Elementary School and then Llano High School, where he played many sports. He graduated from Llano High School in 1948 as a president of his class.
After high school, he worked for Taylor Virdell Drilling for a short period of time. He was then drafted into the Army but put in the U.S. Marines for two years from 1952 to October 1953. This was during the Korean War. He received an honorable discharge as a sergeant.
On Oct. 23, 1954, Clinger married Mildred Stotts at the home of her parents. After their wedding, they lived about nine miles out on Highway 152 (Castell Road.) Then, they moved to Llano, where they built their home.
Upon returning from service, he worked at Buttery Hardware Co. as a vice president. He retired 36 years later and received a plaque for his dedicated service, loyalty and friendship.
Clinger was elected in April 1975 to fill the one-year unexpired term of Taylor Virdell, who became mayor.
In April 1976, he was elected to a two-year term on the city council. In April 1978, he was re-elected to a two-year term. He served a total of five years on the Llano City Council.
Clinger was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include wife, Mildred Scott; son George Scott; daughters, Marsha Scott, Ginger Scott and Monica Scott; sisters, Geraldine Lawless and Mary Vick Hamilton; four grandchildren; and nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.
A graveside service is 10 a.m. June 6 at Honey Creek Cemetery in Llano County with the Rev. Rick Cundieff officiating and the Highland Lakes Honor Guard providing military honors.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Cherokee Children’s Home or a charity of your choice.
Arrangements by Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home, 307 E. Sandstone in Llano, (325) 247-4300. Email email@example.com with condolences.