Death of Arthur Darrell McClure

I regret to inform the brethren of the death of Brother Arthur McClure a 50 year veteran of Clendenin Lodge #126. Attached is a copy of his obituary. There will not be a Masonic service. Please keep his family in your prayers.
–Jason T Riffle WM
Clendenin 126

Arthur Darrell McClure of Elkview died February 8, 2010, after an extended illness of Parkinson Disease at home with his wife by his side.

He was the third child of Julian Arthur and Carrie Carper McClure. He was predeceased by brother, Dana McClure; sister, Marie McClure Morris; and special nephew, William ‘Bill’ Morris. He is a descendant of early Lincoln County pioneers Peter McClure and John Carper.

He graduated from Clay High School but lived in the Elkview area most of his life. A member of the Elkview Baptist Church, he lived his Christian faith, serving and helping others.

Darrell worked at Union Carbide Chemicals (both South Charleston and Institute) 44 years and retired in 1983. His employment was interrupted only by his serving in the United States Army during World War II. He was on the second ship to pull into Japan after the war ended.

After retirement, he and his wife Mary Ann traveled across the country many times and maintained a winter residence in Mesa, Arizona, for several years. They both were excellent tour guides for family and friends who visited and knew many details of the Southwest.

Surviving is loving wife, Mary Ann Hutchison McClure; daughters, Lonna McClure Barker of Charleston, Connie McClure Roadcap (Steve) of Pinch and Karen McClure (John Harper) of Palermo and Pipestem, West Virginia. Also surviving are grandchildren, Laura and Leah Barker and Tori and Seth Roadcap; and four great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, February 12, 2010, at Elkview Baptist Church, Elkview, with the Rev. Bobby Sizemore and the Rev. David Keeney officiating. Entombment will follow at Elk Hills Memorial Park, Big Chimney.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Hafer Funeral Home Chapel and one hour before the service at the church.

Many thanks to all the caregivers who were so kind to our husband and father, especially Connie, LPN, and Pat, CNA, from Hospice.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Hospice Care, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. Charleston WV 25312, or Elkview Baptist Church, Elkview, WV 25317.

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Hafer Funeral Home, Elkview is in charge of the arrangements.