D. LeRoy McClard
Age 88, April 16, 2014. Born in Cape Girardeau, MO. on March 18, 1926, he attended Southeast Missouri State University and graduated from Oklahoma Baptist University, Shawnee, OK with a Bachelor of Music degree. He received a Master of Church Music degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, TX, and served as minister of music at East Henderson Baptist Church, Cleburne, TX (1948-50), Immanuel Baptist Church, Shawnee, OK (1950-52), Immanuel Baptist Church, Little Rock, AR (1952-55). He served two states as state music director-Arkansas Baptist State Convention (1955-63) and Illinois Baptist State Association (1964-66). His contribution to the Church Music Department, Baptist Sunday School Board (LifeWay), Nashville, TN was as adult music consultant (1963-64), Research and Program Design Consultant (1966-71) and Supervisor of the Youth-Adult-General Materials Section (1971-1991). In the latter position, he was responsible for the design and development of music products for Church Literature, Convention Press and Broadman Press and was the chief designer of the Church Music Program Base Design which is the foundational document for the Southern Baptist Church Music program. He was a regular contributor to music periodicals and denominational publications. He also wrote and arranged music for churches and individuals which include the well known hymn "Jesus is Lord of All", music and text, in 1966. He retired in March, 1991 having assisted in the design and production of BAPTIST HYMNAL (1956), BAPTIST HYMNAL (1975) and The BAPTIST HYMNAL (1991). He was most proud of his family and friends whom he loved and worked with through the 88 years of his ministry, notably his devoted friend and co-worker, John Gardner.
Preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Christine McClard; son-in-law, Wesley Miller; and brothers, Leo & Donald McClard.
He is survived by daughters, Cynthia (David) Willard and Julie Miller; grandchildren, Tara (Mark) Jones, Jeremy (Jennifer) Miller, Mark (Katy) Willard and Matt (Libby) Willard; great grandchildren, Scarlet, Lily, Luke & Eli Jones, Brooks Miller, Rebekah, John Mark, Anna & David Willard & Jackson Willard; and sister, Rosemary Davis.
Visitation will be Monday, April 21, 2014, from 2-4 p.m. at Crievewood Baptist Church sanctuary, 480 Hogan Road, with the funeral services following at 4:00 p.m., conducted by Dr. Jim Fitch.
In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions can be sent to the Crievewood Baptist Church Hymnal Fund, 480 Hogan Road, Nashville, TN 37220. Woodbine Funeral Home, Hickory Chapel Directors, 615-331-1952, Still Family Owned
5852 Nolensville Rd. Nashville, TN 37211
Published in The Tennessean on Apr. 20, 2014