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“Carolyn, Faye, Lynn & families:Sorry to hear of David's passing..I have so many very special memories of much younger days & growing up together at...Read More »
1 of 27 | Posted by: NANCY (RIDER) KILLINGSWORTH - GA

“Carolyn, Faye and Family,May God give you His grace and strengthto comfort you in the passing of David. ”
2 of 27 | Posted by: Linda Cash - Toccoa, GA - Friend

“Lynn, our deepest condolences to you, Missy, and your family. With heartfelt thoughts and prayers. Waldo and Teresa Maring ”
3 of 27 | Posted by: Waldo and Teresa Maring - SC

“Lynn & Missy, my deepest sympathies and condolences. It was heartbreaking to hear of the loss of Mr McClain, he will truly be missed. He was the best...Read More »
4 of 27 | Posted by: Laurie Lang - Williamsburg, VA

“Sorry to hear of the passing of Chief McClain. I served with him in the Readiness Command at Fort Jackson, SC. It was my pleasure to serve with David...Read More »
5 of 27 | Posted by: Charles Reese (Retired Ltc) - SC

“It saddens me to hear of Chief McClain's passing. My heartfelt condolences to the entire McClain Family. One of my mentor's and true friend. A man...Read More »
6 of 27 | Posted by: MAJ EDDIE FIGUEROA - Friend

“Lynn my thoughts and prayer go out to your family ”
7 of 27 | Posted by: Daniel Palmer - Friend

“What a phenomenal man! Always a help never a hindrance. The smoothest warrants I ever knew. We always joked about his ability to look so good and be...Read More »
8 of 27 | Posted by: Leslie Dillard - MO - Friend

“David was a true professional, leader, mentor and compassionate and caring man who will be truly missed by all. Father, please bless and comfort his...Read More »
9 of 27 | Posted by: Larry Tidwell - Woodbury , TN

“Lynn and Missy, I was so very sorry to hear of Dave's passing. Jessie and I send our heart-felt and deepest condolences. Dave was not only a very...Read More »
10 of 27 | Posted by: BRUCE & JESSIE McGUINTY - DUNCAN, SC

“Lynn and Missy: I am so sorry to learn of David's passing. He was a great guy and I know you will miss him terribly, but your memories will forever...Read More »
11 of 27 | Posted by: Georgette Maus - Pawleys Island, SC

“So sorry to hear of David's passing. It was a privilege to know and serve with him. He was a true professional and a gentleman. Our thoughts and...Read More »
12 of 27 | Posted by: Alvin Burrell - Bella Vista, AR

“I am deeply saddened by the news of your loss. I pray that God will grant you the strength. My most sincere condolences ”
13 of 27 | Posted by: MSG Rose Morgan - Browns Mills, NJ

“Carolyn and Faye and families,We are so sad to hear of David's passing. We treasure the good memories of your family being our next door neighbor. We...Read More »
14 of 27 | Posted by: Dot and Lamar Davis - Toccoa, GA

“I truly loved David as a friend, mentor, leader, soldier, supporter, and example of sacrificial giving. He was there for all the soldiers regardless...Read More »
15 of 27 | Posted by: Bob Smith - Greer, SC - military

“Mrs. Lynn McClain and Missy you have my deepest sympathy.I have so very many fond memories of Mr. McClain as the SSA of the 415th Chemical Brigade. ...Read More »
16 of 27 | Posted by: Cassie Hill - SC

“A good person who cared for others. A good officer and will remembered and missed by all. ”
17 of 27 | Posted by: Joe Williams - Greenville, SC

“Terrible loss for his family, friends and fellow soldiers. David was a great member of the 415th Chemical Brigade and will always be remembered by...Read More »
18 of 27 | Posted by: COL(R) Albert Fitzgerald - SC

“Rest in peace Dave. Peterson Family ”
19 of 27 | Posted by: Todd Peterson - Acworth, GA

“I am sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our prayers. ”
20 of 27 | Posted by: Linda Parsons - Andrews, SC

“A highly respected and dedicated officer and one that cared deeply for his country,family and friends.God bless the family in their loss. ”
21 of 27 | Posted by: LTC(RET) Buddy Thomas - Midway, GA

“Carolyn,Faye,Lynn and family so sorry to hear of Davids passing, our prayers and love to each of you your family is special to us. May God have his...Read More »
22 of 27 | Posted by: Jackie Scott - Toccoa, GA

“Missy Sending prayers for You and your Mom...So sorry for your loss! ”
23 of 27 | Posted by: Tammy Arnold - Thomasville, PA

“I knew David from 97-00 when I was at 415th Chemical brigade in Greenville SC. David was always the wise, thoughtful "adult" you could get a quiet 5...Read More »
24 of 27 | Posted by: Joe Burke - Washington, DC

“David and I worked together for about 15 years with the USAR and became very close friends. We worked closely with each other, traveled together but...Read More »
25 of 27 | Posted by: Stan Cothran - Laurens, SC

“Love and prayers to Lynn and Missy and all the family. I loved Dave and will always remember his loving spirit and great smile. Love Janetta ...Read More »
26 of 27 | Posted by: Janetta Gerald - Myrtle Beach, SC

“David was a very special friend, a Soldier's Soldier. He will surely be missed, but we know he is in a better place and we will see him again one day...Read More »
27 of 27 | Posted by: Lewis Whisonant - Rock Hill, SC


CW5 David Leon McClain, age 64, of Murrells Inlet, SC, went home to be with his Lord and Saviour on Thursday, September 15, 2016.

Born September 21, 1951 in Stephens County, GA, he was a son of the late Isac Loron "Pete" McClain and Ruby Allene Whiten McClain.

He was a member of the First Baptist Murrells Inlet and was retired from the United States Army. David began his career with the United States Army Reserve in 1970 and retired in August 2005. He was a recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with "M" Device, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Expert Marksmanship Qualification Badge with Rifle Bar. David was a member of the Warrant Officers Association, National Association of Retired Federal Employees, and was a life member of the Reserve Officers Association, Chemical Regimental Association, and the Disabled American Veterans.

Family members include his wife, Lynn Whitworth McClain; daughter, Milissa Anne McClain of Summerville, SC; sisters and brothers-in-law, Faye M. and Kenny Taylor and Carolyn M. and Ronnie Thurmond all of Toccoa; mother-in-law, Margie M. Whitworth of Toccoa; sister-in-law and her spouse, Debbie Whitworth Cromer and Chad of Anderson, SC; brother-in-law, Kenneth Whitworth and Sharlene of Eastanollee; his special companion, Sammy the Cat; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his son, David Michael McClain

Graveside services will be held at eleven o'clock Monday, September 19, 2016 at Stephens Memorial Gardens with Pastor Christopher Spires officiating.

Burial will follow with Full Military Honors provided by the United States Army.

The following gentlemen will serve as honorary pallbearers; Carl Nuttall, Mike Phillips, Earl Williams, Stan Cothran, Gary Shamlin, Ray McElroy, Archie Gentry, and Trent Ivester.

The family will receive friends at the Whitlock Mortuary from 6pm – 8pm Sunday, September 18, 2016.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the First Baptist Murrells Inlet Building Fund, P. O. Box 285 Murrells Inlet, SC 29576.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at two o'clock Saturday, September 24, 2016 at First Baptist Murrells Inlet.

Whitlock Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.

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