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In Memoriam: Joseph G. McClain

by | Feb 8, 2021

Mr. Joseph Gerald McClain

February 18, 1930 – January 31, 2021


Joseph G. McClain was born February 18, 1930 in Huntersville, NC to Emma L. McClain.

He moved to Davidson when he was 9 years old and lived here his entire life. Mr. McClain graduated from Torrence-Lytle High School in 1949 and attended Johnson C. Smith for one year before deciding to serve his country in uniform. He enlisted in the U.S. Army, and served for three years. When he got out of the Army, he returned home and attended Modern Barber College in Winston Salem.

In 1956 he married his lifelong love – Erving White, and their union created their only child David Todd McClain.

Mr. McClain worked as a full-time barber until 1973 when he went to work for Duke Power Company. He worked for Duke until he retired in 1990. He continued to touch people’s lives on a daily basis while serving as a “part-time” barber until 2015.

During his lifetime, he made a huge impact in his community. He was the first African American on the Davidson Town Board, elected in 1969, and served four terms. He was also a dedicated member of Davidson United Presbyterian Church (now Davidson Presbyterian Church). He served as an ordained Elder, participated in all choirs, and led the vocal choir as the director.

His favorite hobby was gardening, and he loved sports.

He was preceded in death by his mother Emma McClain, sister Eleanor Stewart, and brother Thomas McClain.

He is survived by his wife Erving McClain, sister Johnsie Grier, son David Todd McClain (Tre’Cee), four grandchildren [Demario Stinson (Lachanria), Ke’Cee Collins (Andre), Jessica McClain (Javonte), and David T. McClain II (Dominique)], five great grandchildren, and a host of nieces and nephews.

Joseph will always be remembered for his compassion to others, encouraging words, and legendary spirit.

(this obituary was published in the bulletin for his graveside service)


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