Lloyd C. "Shorty'' McMullen, Sr., a longtime Nanty Glo resident who was active in a wide variety of civic and community affairs, died January 14, 1982, at Lee Hospital, Johnstown, at age 68.
In recognition of volunteer service to the community, Mr. McMullen was given the honorary title of "Mr. Nanty Glo" in September 1964. A veteran member of the local school board, Mr. McMullen had held the offices of president, vice president, and treasurer. He also had served as president of the Cambria County School Board, held a similar position with the Allegheny Regional Institutional Materials Center, and was a member of the Admiral Peary Area Vocational Technical School Board.
Born in Bakerton, northern Cambria County, in 1913, Mr. McMullen was raised in Colver and Carrolltown. Moving to Nanty Glo at age 16 in 1929 with his father, he began working in Heisley Mine. He married Irene Elizabeth Shaw in 1934 and they had five children: John Martin McMullen, now of Wyoming, Delaware; Lloyd (Buddy) McMullen, Jr., and James (Jim) McMullen, both still residents of Nanty Glo; Daniel, who died in infancy; Donna McMullen Kimble, of Tyrone, and Paul McMullen, Nanty Glo. Also surviving are 14 grandchildren, five of whom live in the Nanty Glo area, and 16 great-grandchildren.
He instituted the Christmas Treats Association in Nanty Glo and served this group as secretary.
He also founded and served as secretary of the Nanty Glo Old Home Week Association. During the years this group was active, proceeds from the annual celebration were used entirely for the betterment of the community.
Mr. McMullen also began the Surplus Food program in Cambria County during the 1950's and also was in charge of surplus food distribution for the borough.
The loss of both legs in a mine accident in 1938 did not make him an invalid. A year later he was back at work at the mines and back in volunteer service to the community. Mr. McMullen also served as secretary of the Nanty Clo Men's Democrat Club, the Nanty Glo Athletic Association, Nanty Glo Local 1386 - UMWA, Nanty Clo Recreation Authority, and Nanty Clo American Polish Citizens Club. He was commissioner and secretary of the Community Basketball and Softball Leagues and of the Machine Bowling League for several years. He also was a member of Nanty Glo Moose Lodge 207.
A niece, Shawn Louise (Shaw) Penn, who now resides in Florida, writes, "When I think of Nanty Glo, I think of Uncle Bud, and when I think of Uncle Bud I think of Nanty Glo."
Nanty Glo's athletic field was renamed from Memorial Field to McMullen Memorial Field in his honor.
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