Willie Mae (McKay) McClain

October 15, 1935 ~ March 18, 2021 (age 85)


Mrs. Willie Mae McClain entered eternal rest on Thursday, March 18, 2021 at Hospice Home in High Point.

Willie Mae McClain was born in Landrum, South Carolina. She received her formal education at Mather Academy in Camden, South Carolina. Willie earned a Bachelor of Education degree from Claflin University, Orangeburg, SC. Having a thirst for learning, she obtained a certificate in Gerontology & Social Welfare from Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina. She also attended NC State University and Guilford Technical Community College.

Willie worked as a Substitute Teacher for the Guilford County School Systems. She also worked as a Counselor/Human Resource Development Teacher at Guilford Technical Community College. Willie enjoyed cooking so much that she eventually turned it into a business, WMM Service, where she catered brunches, lunches, and dinners. Willie and her son John opened Wiljon’s Greenhouse, where they grew and sold flowers, plants, vegetables, and herbs to the community. She retired from Glasso Educational Services.

For over 40 years, Willie McClain was a member of Memorial United Methodist Church. During her years at the church, she enjoyed serving on the Administrative Board, teaching Sunday School, serving as a Steward, Spiritual Leader, and Lay Speaker.

Aside from spending time with family and friends, Mrs. McClain had a passion for traveling, shopping, and attending social events. She had a bright and energetic personality and was known for her ability to sense when people needed a good laugh. She will be dearly missed by everyone whose life she impacted.

Preceding her in death are her parents, Reverend William B. and Mrs. Annie Blondell R. McKay; her husband, John Rogers McClain, Sr.; and her only son, John Rogers McClain, Jr.

Survivors include many loving cousins; devoted friend, Doris Covington; Godson; Michael Bodie (his wife Deborah); Goddaughter, Denise Jones (her husband Alvin); friend and caretaker, Tina Evans; a circle of wonderful friends; dedicated church members; thoughtful neighbors; and former students who checked on her regularly.

A private service will be given on Thursday, March 25, 2021.  Burial will follow at Carolina Biblical Gardens in Jamestown, North Carolina.

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