February 23, 1932 - September 9, 2021
Albert J. Mcclain February 23, 1932 - September 9, 2021 (89 years old) Mr. Albert James Mcclain, born Albert James McLean, of 1536 Palmer Drive (formerly 429 Chatham Street), Fayetteville, North Carolina, departed this life on September 9, 2021 at Cottage # 73 at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Fayetteville, NC, after a lengthy illness. Albert was the eldest child of four born to the late Mattie Smith McLean and William Henry McLean on February 23, 1932 in Fayetteville, NC. Along with his parents he was preceded in death by his beloved grandfather Robert Smith, whom he spent many summers with in Whiteville, sisters (devoted) Allene “Lena” McLean-Smith and Mattie Smith-Wade; beloved and devoted aunt, Annie Bell Smith-McLean, aunts; Virginia Byrd, Maggie S Powers, Daisy S. Brown, Catherine S. Clinkscales, and Bertha S. Singleton; uncles Charlie “Bub” Smith, Levi, Henry, Cornelius & James Smith & Walter McLean, and a grandson; father-in-law, Henry A Patterson; Polly Banks, mother of Wayne; 1st wife, Mildred, mother of Tony and Yvonne M. Ward; 2nd wife, Nathalene, mother of Yvonne M. Smith and numerous nieces, nephews & cousins; special friends, John Murchison, Eugene Ryals(devoted); Robert Grooms, Jimmy McNair & John Stewart(devoted). Albert and his parents were among the original members of Cross Creek Church, which is now Smith Chapel FWB Church. He was baptized in Sawyers Creek at an early age and grew up in the church. He and his cousin Howard Mclean, Sr were the first altar boys . Albert’s education began at St Joseph’s Episcopal Church, Orange Street School and E.E. Smith High where he played football until joining the Army in 1951 .He served two tours, during the Korean War Conflict, one in Germany . After being honorably discharged, he pursued his goal of a better education by using his G. I. Bill to obtain his High School Diploma. He became a student at Alexander High School in Brookhaven, MS becoming a football star and a graduate of the Class of 1957. Albert believed that with hard work, determination & good work ethics, a person could achieve most anything & any amount of education was a stepping stone upward His official work career began in 1950- 1951 at D K Taylor Oil Co as a delivery boy & after returning to Fayetteville in 1960 he began his sales & shipping career at the Big Pencil Store under leadership of Mr & Mrs Hatchette, selling & stocking educational & office supplies to businesses & teachers in Cumberland Co. & drapery hanging along with picture framing in businesses & upscale homes. When the Hatchetts sold to JD Parker he continued under their leadership, going on to Charlotte to Office Mechanics School becoming an asset to Parker Marketing Systems. He retired in 1996 after 46 years of service. After retirement he worked another 10 yrs building ramps for the disabled & delivery salesman for Advance Auto Parts. He loved his close-nit family, friends & his Smith Chapel Church family dearly. Albert was the Life of Any Party. He was known as the” Dancing Machine” and his games were football, motorcycling, bowling, boating, fishing, playing cards & more dancing. He was a Life-Time member of American Legion Post 202 & Past President &Treasurer of Fayetteville crusaders Motorcycle Club. He leaves to cherish & honor his memories: his loving & devoted Wife, Earline Patterson-McClain; his Children: Yvonne Bruimiester, of Germany; Wayne Banks of Brookhaven; Ms. Tony (Lula) McClain of Cameron NC; Yvonne McClain-Ward of Spring Lake, NC; & (devoted) Yvonne(Melvin Pitts) McClain-Smith of Opelika, Al; a host of grandchildren & great-grandchildren, devoted Dashonda & Angela McClain of Auburn, Al & Anthony(Anderwniki) Smith, Jr of Fayetteville, NC; Brother, William “Gene”(Luray) McClain of Pittsboro NC; Aunt (like a sister) Mary P. “Aunt Doll” McCormick of Fayetteville, Nc; a host of Cousins; devoted Rev. Howard McLean, Sr of Fort Worth, Tx & Dr. Walter “Bobby” McLean of Detroit; host of nieces & nephews;Devoted sisters in law; Luray(Gene) McLean of Pittsboro, NC & Barbara (Ivy) Patterson-Jones of N. Prince George, Va; Alfreda Patterson of Burlington, Vermont, & Geraldine Patterson of Savannah, Ga; brothers in law: Alton H Patterson of Tacoma, Wa; Thomas L Patterson of Petersburg, Va & Donald L Patterson, Sr of Jacksonville, Nc;devoted step children: Lawrence Watson, Jr, of Fayetteville, NC, Cory (Jessica) Watson, Sr of Columbia, SC, Christopher Neil of Fayetteville, NC, and Jennifer (Thomas) Neil-Saul of Miami, FL; Special Co-Workers, J.C., Julia, Sharon, Lynette, Darrel, and Ronald.
Albert J. Mcclain February 23, 1932 - September 9, 2021 (89 years old) Mr. Albert James Mcclain, born Albert James McLean, of 1536 Palmer Drive (formerly 429 Chatham Street), Fayetteville, North Carolina, departed this life on September 9,... View Obituary & Service Information
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