Sunday, February 2, 2014

Billy D. McClure

Funeral services for Billy D. McClure of Winona, formerly of Corinth, will be at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 28, at First Baptist Church in Winona, with Dr. Chris Aldridge and Rev. T. R. Darsey officiating. Burial will follow in Enon Cemetery at Ackerman, with military honors.Visitation will be Tuesday, November 27, from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m., at Oliver Funeral Home.

Mr. McClure died of heart failure at University Medical Center in Jackson on Sunday, November 25. He was 84 years old. Mr. McClure was the son of the late Ethel and Christine Weatherall McClure of Ackerman.

Mr. McClure was a 1946 graduate of Ackerman High School and a former quarterback for Holmes Junior College where he graduated after 2 years. He was a US Army veteran of the Korean War and finished his education at Mississippi State after serving in the military. He was a retired FHA agent and worked in insurance sales prior to working with the FHA. He was a former member of Tate Baptist Church in Corinth where he served as a deacon and chairman of deacons several times, a Sunday School teacher and was active with the youth. He always showed a sense of humor, was an avid fisherman, bird hunter and enjoyed playing tennis. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Winona.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Tootsie (Dorothy Ferguson) McClure; sisters, Peggy McClure and Mary Nell King; brother, Reggie McClure; and stepdaughter, Patti Michelle Finley.

Survivors include his wife, Sammie L. Woods McClure of Winona; daughter, Donna Gail Hallmark of Tupelo; sons, Jerry Donald McClure of Allison Park, PA, and Charles Stephen McClure of Millington, TN; stepson, Bruce Mitchell of Winona; sisters, Kay Wever of Yazoo City, Brenda Wise (Dan) of Ackerman, Linda Tharp (Ben) of Ackerman, Nita Connell (Jack) of Ackerman; brothers, Robert L. McClure (Nancy) of Springdale, AR, and James McClure (Drexel) of Ackerman; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; son-in-law, Dr. Bill Finley of Winona; sisters-in-law, Christine Box of Eupora, Evon Austin of Winona, Joy Ellis of Winona, and Ruth Blaylock (Benny) of Winona; and a host of nieces and nephews.

 Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, P. O. Box 408, Winona, MS 38967; or to the Gideons International, P. O. Box 388, Winona, MS 38967.

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