CEMETERY, LEWIS COUNTY near the MAURY/LEWIS COUNTY LINE
Photo 31 Jul 2007 by Rick Gray.
McCLAIN, Robert Matthew, 10 Feb. 1926 - 23 Feb. 2003. Large marble headstone with "Helen Cook; 10 May 1927" on one side, and a porcelain picture of our parents on their 50th Wedding Anniversary nestled between two doves. On the back of the headstone reads: "Our Children - Mary Bob, Edwin, Elizabeth, Ephraim; Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding. Prov. 3:5-6; Military Footstone. U.S. Navy WWII."
Obituary and Tribute
in Maury County on Feb. 10, 1926
on February 23, 2003 and resided in
Hampshire, Lewis Co., Tennessee
Robert Matthew "Bob" McClain, 77, died Sunday, February 26, 2003 at
his residence in the Mt. Joy Community.
services for Mr. McClain will be conducted Wednesday, February 26, 2003 at 11:00
a.m. at the Williams Mt. Pleasant Funeral Home with Reverend Elmer Crosby and
John Davis, Jr. officiating. Burial
will be in the McClain Cemetery with military honors being provided by the Mt.
Pleasant American Legion Post #10. The
family will visit with friends Monday from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. concluding with
a Masonic service at 7:00 p.m.
Maury County native was the son of the late John Turley and Allie Mai Kennedy
McClain and was the husband of Helen Elizabeth Cook McClain of the Mt. Joy
Community. He was retired from
Hooker Chemical Company and was a former employee of TVA.
He was a member of the Mt. Pleasant Lodge #610 of F&A.M., the Mt.
Pleasant American Legion Post #10 , 32nd Degree Mason and Ali Mena Shriners
Temple in Nashville, and member of the First Baptist Church in Mt. Pleasant.
Maury County Scottish Rite President 1963, Master of Mt. Pleasant Lodge
#610 F&AM 1963, Ambassador to the Shriners in Mt. Pleasant, Member of the
National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, Member of VFW, Served in
U.S. Navy on the USS Pennsylvania BB38 in World War II, Rank MM2C from July 18,
1942 - Dec 9, 1945. (Daddy served 4 years or on the "Pennsy" the whole
time he was in the Navy. He was on
the Battleship when it was torpedoed in Okinawa Bay, barely escaping with his
life, as some of his "battle buddies" were dead floating in the hole.
He didn't talk
to me a lot about his Navy service but he did talk to my brothers about it.)
addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Mary Bob (James)
Richardson of Birmingham, Alabama and Elizabeth (James) Bradburn of Columbia;
two sons, Edwin Knox (Angela) McClain of Franklin, Tennessee and Michael Ephraim
(Donna) McClain of the Mt. Joy Community, Lewis Co., Tennessee; a sister, Helen
Jane (Kenneth) Pinkley of Horn Lake, Mississippi; three brothers, James Ward
"Sonny" (Miki) McClain of Pensacola, Florida, Ara Alton (Mary) McClain
of Florence, Alabama and Jerry (Margaret) McClain of Cartersville, Georgia;
seven grandchildren, Jason Bradburn and Jamie Bradburn both of Columbia,
Chris (Michelle) McClain of Franklin, Tn, James Tyson Richardson who is
currently serving our country in the U.S. Army in Iraq, Tara Amanda Richardson
of Birmingham, Al., Auston Matthew McClain of
will be James Bradburn, Ricky Duberry, Zeke Sharp, Orin Short, Neal England, and
Jimmy McClain. Honorary
pallbearers will be John Davis, Jr., Jack Crews, Carlton Whitwell, Bobby Beckum,
Bobby Riddle, Bobby Floyd, Dwayne Kilpatrick, Kenneth Turnbow, Douglas Wayne
"Hoot" Thompson, David Edwards, Dr. John Salmon, Dr. Cummins Couch,
and the men of the First Baptist Church of Mt. Pleasant.
RICHARDSON, Tiffany Helen, 18 June 1978 - 19 June 1980. "Loves Jesus in the sky." Pink marble child's tombstone. Footstone; "9:03" (represents the time of death) (Cause of death Neuroblastoma Cancer; age 2 yrs.1 day; born & died in Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama; Baptist Montclair Hospital; d. Children's Hospital, Birmingham, Ala.; daughter of James Carroll (son of Sidney Lee and Maxine Hester Richardson ) & Mary Robert McClain Richardson (daughter of Robert Matthew & Helen Elizabeth Cook McClain); sister of James Tyson and Tara Amanda Richardson.) Tiffany Helen Richardson was the maternal granddaughter of Robert Matthew and Helen Elizabeth Cook McClain; paternal granddaughter of Sidney Lee Richardson and Maxine Hester Richardson Osborne.
To me, doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts but, instead, Breathing life into all who have gone before. To tell the family story and to feel that somehow they know and approve. We are the story tellers of the tribe. We have been called as it were by our genes. Those who have gone before cry out to us: Tell our story. So, we do. In finding them, we somehow find ourselves. How many graves have I stood before now and cried? I have lost count. How many times have I told the ancestors you have a wonderful family, you would be proud of us? How many times have I walked up to a grave and felt somehow there was love there for me? I cannot say. It goes beyond just documenting facts. It goes to who am I and why do I do the things I do? It goes to seeing a cemetery about to be lost forever to weeds and indifference And saying I can't let this happen. The bones here are bones of my bone and flesh of my flesh. It goes to doing something about it. It goes to pride in what our ancestors were able to accomplish. How they contributed to what we are today. It goes to respecting their hardships and losses, their never giving in or giving up, Their resoluteness to go on and build a life for their family. It goes to deep pride that they fought to make and keep us a Nation. It goes to a deep and immense understanding that they were doing it for us. That we might be born who we are. That we might remember them. So we do. With love and caring and scribing each fact of their existence, Because we are them and they are us. So, as a scribe called, I tell the story of my family. It is up to that one called in the next generation, To answer the call and take their place in the long line of family storytellers. That is why I do my family genealogy, And that is what calls those young and old to step up And put flesh on the bones.
(note: This poem was sent to me in an e-mail some years ago. The senders name was Ann Greer. Ann Greer has a ancestor at McClain's Cemetery. Her ancestor's name is Elizabeth Clenendin the lst wife of Martin McClain. Elizabeth Clenendin McClain's sister was Telia Ann Clenendin McClain, the wife of Dr. Ephraim McClain (Martin's brother), and the ggg-grandmother of Ann Greer, and her namesake. Ann writes to me: "Went to Lawrenceburg yesterday on husband's "business" and as we passed the cemetery, I saw "Mimosa" and a bell went off. I went back just before dark to look for the McClain grave markers, and found them in about three minutes. Of course, I had no camera with me, so that meant another trip back. Since her name was on there as Ann Clendenin, same as mine, it was a little eerie to look at. Such an unexpected find-------made my day." I really do appreciate all the help Ann Greer has contributed to the information I share and wish to thank her very much. [Mary Bob McClain Richardson]