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William Vernon McClure

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Bill McClure finished his earthly race early May 21, 2015. He arrived in Heaven to join His Savior, finally arriving first to a milestone before his beloved wife Emma Irene Hollingsworth McClure. She was always older than he was for a short few weeks, and it was a source of much laughter over their nearly 71 years together. Born May 7, 1926 to James Curtis McClure and Orpha Luola Fore McClure. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brothers, James Curtis McClure, Jr., J.D. McClure, his younger sisters, Gladys McClure, Louise Ledbetter, Carolyn Gilliam, Orpha Wright and son-in-law Larry Guice. He is survived by his children Billy McClure (Carole), Mary Webb (Carroll), Linda Guice, Randy McClure (Judy), Nephew Cecil Corn, Jr. (Jenn and Family); eight Grandchildren, Cindy Norris (Charles), Stephanie Wesley (David), Nicole Bettis (Lee), Chris Webb, Melissa Osteen (Warren), Angie Sinyard (Brian), Jamey McClure, Forrest McClure, and twelve great grandchildren, Ben Norris (Courtney), Beth Norris, Cody Wesley (Lexi), Morgan Osteen, Kaitlyn Osteen, MaKayla Wesley, Anna Milano, Megan Webb, Harrison Milano, Emma Osteen, Sam Sinyard, and Sophie Sinyard.
Bill grew up on Jump Off and loved to tell stories of his life there. He met his sweetheart Irene while she was working in the dime store on Main Street and she fell instantly for this sweet, very handsome young man. They started dating on Mother's Day 1943 and married on Father's Day 1944 beginning a love story for a lifetime. One of his most cherished moments was a surprise on their 60th wedding Anniversary, Father's Day 2004 when his grandchildren walked down the aisle with five dozen roses and all of the family was there to celebrate with them.
As a member of Calvary Baptist Church he spent many hours repairing and driving the church buses which brought hundreds of children to church over the years. Most everyone in church called him Uncle Bill or the Candy Man because he always had Dum-Dum suckers, bubble gum or peppermints that he carried to give to all the children (and the adults) that he loved so much. Two weeks of vacation from his job at General Electric of countless summers were spent driving the bus to take the youth of Calvary to church camp and working in the kitchen or wherever he was needed. There were trips to Six Flags and Carowinds, and Bible Club meetings in their home on Duncan Hill. His door was always open and a helping hand always available – day or night. So many young people came into his home with his children and then grandchildren and great grandchildren and all were welcomed and loved as a part of the family.
He loved to fish. Whether it was on the lake, by the river or on the annual fall trips to Hatteras. It didn't matter where he was if he had a rod in his hand he was happy. Anyone was welcome to share in this fishing time and he was more than happy to bait hooks for any squeamish granddaughters and teach them how to cast their line.
Bill was not only generous with his time – the most valuable gift anyone can give another, but he also would give of his own money and resources to help anyone with a need. He truly lived his life with a pay it forward attitude. The stories and memories of his blessed life and of the lives that he touched could fill a book.
Over the years he had many titles… soldier (in WWII), mechanic, founding member of the Henderson County Rescue Squad, deacon, softball coach, auxiliary policeman, painter, but the position that was always most important to him was his place as the head of his family. He led by example with his Faith in God, his integrity in giving his word and his love and devotion to his wife and family. Although he was known by many names Dad, Papaw, and Uncle Bill, he was first and foremost a Christian – not just in word but in the humble life that he lived and the legacy of love and generosity that he has passed on to us all. He will be greatly missed; however we know that he will be waiting to greet us as we finish our earthly races and cross that finish line in Heaven.
Visitation will begin at 1 PM on Sunday at Calvary Baptist Church at 2501 Haywood Road, Hendersonville, NC 28791 with the services to follow at 3 PM.
Service will be conducted by Rev. Ken Mason, Rev. Kenny Corn, Rev. Randy Collins, and Rev. Barry Hollingsworth.
Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.
The family requests in lieu of flowers that donations be made in memory of him to the Calvary Baptist Church Mission Fund at 2501 Haywood Road, Hendersonville, NC 28791 or the Henderson County Rescue Squad, PO Box 1729, Hendersonville, NC 28793. The family would like to express their deepest appreciation for Four Seasons Compassion for Life for their assistance in his final days.
An online register book is available for family and friends by visiting www.thosshepherd.com.
Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors are in charge of arrangements.
Published in The Times-News on May 23, 2015
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