W.P. “Jack” McClure, 85, a lifelong resident of Cleveland, went home to be with his Heavenly Father on Saturday, June 22, 2013, from a Chattanooga health care facility.
He was born on June 27, 1927, a son of the late Martin L. and Naomi B. McClure.
He was of the Baptist faith and a member of Cedar Springs Baptist Church.
He was an honorably discharged veteran of the United States Army, having served his country during World War II.
He had a passion for tractors and farm equipment. He worked for a number of years at Collins Chair and then later retired from the Bradley County School Board where he worked in the maintenance department.
He loved raccoon, deer and hog hunting. He especially enjoyed telling a good “’coon story” and teaching young hunters the art of hunting.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by seven sisters: Minnie Hicks, Opal Grissom, Lucille Johnson, Bessie Stewart, Anna Mae Ogle, Rosell Bowman and Joy Lones; and six brothers: Austin McClure, Alpha Burton McClure, O.A. “Ollie” McClure, Leon McClure, Llyod McClure and Marvin McClure.
He leaves behind to cherish his memory his loving and devoted wife of nearly 64 years, Virginia Epperson McClure; one daughter, Benita Walsh and her husband, Terry: two sons: Douglas McClure and wife, Charlotte, and Jerry “A.J.” McClure — the prodigal son; one sister, Elizabeth Nipper; four grandchildren: Whitney Walsh (Angela), Colby Walsh, Pam Riley (Pat) and Anthony McClure; three great-grandchildren: Alex and Colin Riley and Kaylynn Walsh, who brought smiles to his face when he heard her voice; and other extended family members and friends.
A graveside service will be held Friday, June 28, 2013, at 1 p.m. at Cedar Springs Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. James Vaughn officiating.
Pallbearers will be Whitney Walsh, Colby Walsh, Colin Riley, Alex Riley, David Nipper and Ben Nipper. The service will conclude with full military honors.
The family will receive friends Friday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the sanctuary of Cedar Spring Baptist Church Cemetery, 723 Cedar Springs Church Road in Cleveland.
You are encouraged to share a memory of Jack and/or your personal condolences with his family by visiting his memorial Web page and guest book at www.companionfunerals.com.
Companion Funeral & Cremation Service is honored to assist the McClure family with these arrangements.