Charles McClure, WB4GRB, SK
May 18, 2010

Charles Edward McClure Sr., 80, of Athens, departed this life on Tuesday, May 18, 2010.

He was the loving husband of Zelma Beatrice Nash McClure. He was born on Feb. 6, 1930, to the late Andrew and Addie Lee McClure, and was raised in Athens. He graduated from J.L. Cook High School and later attended McMinn Vocational Technology School and Cleveland State Community College.

He then rendered his services to the U.S. Armed Forces in San Francisco, Calif. After leaving the Air Force, Charles and Zelma relocated to Newark, N.J., for several years before returning to Athens to raise a family of six children.

He enjoyed and started a CB radio club and brought together several families to enjoy communication and conventions. He was a member of an Athens radio club and OMIK. He was an elder at First United Presbyterian Church USA and treasurer for the special reconstruction of the dome and steeple of the church. He has one son who preceded him to glory, Charles E. McClure Jr.

He leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 58 years, Zelma McClure; five children, Mildred Hughes of Houston, Texas, James McClure of Athens, Allen McClure of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Juanita Lewis of Charlotte, N.C., and George McClure of Jonesville, Va.; 10 grandchildren, Nikki, Cassie, Corey, Ethan, Brett, Brian, Brianna, Jordan, Enydia and Diamond; two great-grandchildren, Destiny and Kirri; three cousins, Kenneth Buchanan, Bettye Porter and Billie Armstrong, all of Athens; two brothers-in-law, Walter Nash of Sweetwater, and Clayborne Nash of California; three sisters-in-law, Diane Crew and Elizabeth Batts, both of Arizona, and Veronica Nash of Florida; and a compassionate and dear friend of the family, James Matlock.

The entire community of family and friends will cherish the fond memories of this strong and quiet man of God.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 6 p.m. Sunday at M.D. Dotson & Sons Funeral Home. Memorial services will follow at 6 p.m. with the Rev. Marion Steele officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First United Presbyterian Church USA, Attn: Dome and Steeple Fund, P.O. Box 1231, Athens, TN 37303.

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M.D. Dotson & Sons Funeral Home of Athens is in charge of arrangements.