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Rev Reginald Denny McClain Sr.

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Rev Reginald Denny McClain Sr.

Birth
Pennsylvania, USA
Death
11 Aug 2011 (aged 86)
Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial
Greensburg, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID
104745130 View Source

OBITUARY

The Rev. Reginald D. McClain Sr., 86, retired pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church of Scranton, died Thursday at Moses Taylor Hospital, Scranton. He leaves to cherish his precious memory his wife of 64 years, the former Tresia Marie Gantt, whom he married Feb. 27, 1947.

He was the only son of the late Zion and Lena Marie Jackson McClain. He enlisted in the Naval Reserve and attended Pharmacist Mate School, USNR, Chicago; and Field Medical School, Camp Lejeune, New River, N.C., with the rank of Pharmacist Mate 3C. He then served in the Pacific theater of World War II with the first colored replacements until honorably discharged in 1945. The Rev. McClain then attended Baptist Christian College, receiving a B.A. and M.A. in Biblical studies, and later Shaw Divinity School, Raleigh, N.C., graduating magna cum laude with a Master of Divinity in 1993.

He served in various positions throughout his lifetime, including executive director of the Fayette County CETA Program, Uniontown, and chaplain/counselor to minority students, Cornell United Religious Work (CURW), Anabel Taylor Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y. He was involved with multiple boards and organizations in Scranton, including the Scranton Civil Service Commission.

The Rev. McClain had led six churches in his 60 years of ministry: Zion Hill Baptist Church, Jeannette; Mount Zion Baptist Church, West Newton; Mount Rose Baptist Church, Uniontown; Calvary Baptist Church, Ithaca; Mount Sinai Baptist Church, Eden, N.C.; and Shiloh Baptist Church, Scranton.

The Rev. McClain preached the Word of God in a very down-to-earth, practical style, often intermingled with great humor from his own life. His generous heart was expressed throughout the community and state. He was a man of passion and integrity with a "no compromise" view of the Word of God. He was dedicated to spreading the good news of the Gospel to everyone he met.

He demonstrated a model of integrity among Christian leaders, managed to live out his convictions and stay committed to his family over the long haul of his life in ministry while remaining humble and down-to-earth. His ministries transcended both racial and gender barriers, enabling a diverse audience to understand and apply the teachings of Christ in their lives. As a 2010 recipient of the Gov. Robert P. Casey Medal for a Lifetime of Service award, the Rev. McClain was a humble man of strong values shaped by faith in God and love of family and friends. He was truly a gift from God. He died peacefully in the Lord.

Also surviving are six children and an adopted daughter, Lawrence C. McClain and wife, Goodie, New Jersey; Coleman D. McClain and wife, Evalin, Missouri; Kevin P. McClain and wife, Chan, New York; Simeon C. McClain, Pennsylvania; Darlana L. Gonzalez and husband, Bruce, New Jersey; Zionette Y. Davis and husband, Michael, New Jersey; and Carole G. Harrington and husband, Ulysses, Pennsylvania; 27 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren; a niece, Lena Doubt, Pennsylvania; two nephews, Robert McClain, Pennsylvania; and William McClain, Maryland; a host of cousins and friends.

He was also preceded in death by his eldest son, Reginald D. McClain Jr.; and a sister, Rosalee Reynolds.

Visitation will be held Monday, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., in the Miller Bean Funeral Home Inc., 436 Cedar Ave., Scranton. Funeral services will be Tuesday at 1 p.m. following a viewing, from 9 a.m. to 1, in Shiloh Baptist Church, 1926 Wayne Ave., Scranton.

A separate service will be held Friday at Zion Hill Baptist Church, 102 Clay Ave., Jeannette, at 1 p.m. following a viewing, from 9 a.m. to 1, in the church. Interment with military honors will follow in the St. Clair Cemetery, Greensburg.

In lieu of flowers, donations in the Rev. McClain's memory may be made to Shiloh Baptist Church, 1926 Wayne Ave., Scranton, PA 18504, for installation of an elevator. Private condolences may be made online at www.millerbeanfh.com. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/thetimes-tribune/obituary.aspx?n=reginald-d-mcclain&pid=153078428#sthash.BOiR1FoX.dpuf

OBITUARY

The Rev. Reginald D. McClain Sr., 86, retired pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church of Scranton, died Thursday at Moses Taylor Hospital, Scranton. He leaves to cherish his precious memory his wife of 64 years, the former Tresia Marie Gantt, whom he married Feb. 27, 1947.

He was the only son of the late Zion and Lena Marie Jackson McClain. He enlisted in the Naval Reserve and attended Pharmacist Mate School, USNR, Chicago; and Field Medical School, Camp Lejeune, New River, N.C., with the rank of Pharmacist Mate 3C. He then served in the Pacific theater of World War II with the first colored replacements until honorably discharged in 1945. The Rev. McClain then attended Baptist Christian College, receiving a B.A. and M.A. in Biblical studies, and later Shaw Divinity School, Raleigh, N.C., graduating magna cum laude with a Master of Divinity in 1993.

He served in various positions throughout his lifetime, including executive director of the Fayette County CETA Program, Uniontown, and chaplain/counselor to minority students, Cornell United Religious Work (CURW), Anabel Taylor Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y. He was involved with multiple boards and organizations in Scranton, including the Scranton Civil Service Commission.

The Rev. McClain had led six churches in his 60 years of ministry: Zion Hill Baptist Church, Jeannette; Mount Zion Baptist Church, West Newton; Mount Rose Baptist Church, Uniontown; Calvary Baptist Church, Ithaca; Mount Sinai Baptist Church, Eden, N.C.; and Shiloh Baptist Church, Scranton.

The Rev. McClain preached the Word of God in a very down-to-earth, practical style, often intermingled with great humor from his own life. His generous heart was expressed throughout the community and state. He was a man of passion and integrity with a "no compromise" view of the Word of God. He was dedicated to spreading the good news of the Gospel to everyone he met.

He demonstrated a model of integrity among Christian leaders, managed to live out his convictions and stay committed to his family over the long haul of his life in ministry while remaining humble and down-to-earth. His ministries transcended both racial and gender barriers, enabling a diverse audience to understand and apply the teachings of Christ in their lives. As a 2010 recipient of the Gov. Robert P. Casey Medal for a Lifetime of Service award, the Rev. McClain was a humble man of strong values shaped by faith in God and love of family and friends. He was truly a gift from God. He died peacefully in the Lord.

Also surviving are six children and an adopted daughter, Lawrence C. McClain and wife, Goodie, New Jersey; Coleman D. McClain and wife, Evalin, Missouri; Kevin P. McClain and wife, Chan, New York; Simeon C. McClain, Pennsylvania; Darlana L. Gonzalez and husband, Bruce, New Jersey; Zionette Y. Davis and husband, Michael, New Jersey; and Carole G. Harrington and husband, Ulysses, Pennsylvania; 27 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren; a niece, Lena Doubt, Pennsylvania; two nephews, Robert McClain, Pennsylvania; and William McClain, Maryland; a host of cousins and friends.

He was also preceded in death by his eldest son, Reginald D. McClain Jr.; and a sister, Rosalee Reynolds.

Visitation will be held Monday, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., in the Miller Bean Funeral Home Inc., 436 Cedar Ave., Scranton. Funeral services will be Tuesday at 1 p.m. following a viewing, from 9 a.m. to 1, in Shiloh Baptist Church, 1926 Wayne Ave., Scranton.

A separate service will be held Friday at Zion Hill Baptist Church, 102 Clay Ave., Jeannette, at 1 p.m. following a viewing, from 9 a.m. to 1, in the church. Interment with military honors will follow in the St. Clair Cemetery, Greensburg.

In lieu of flowers, donations in the Rev. McClain's memory may be made to Shiloh Baptist Church, 1926 Wayne Ave., Scranton, PA 18504, for installation of an elevator. Private condolences may be made online at www.millerbeanfh.com. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/thetimes-tribune/obituary.aspx?n=reginald-d-mcclain&pid=153078428#sthash.BOiR1FoX.dpuf

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