He knoweth the way that I take: and when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold. Jobe 23:10
John L. McLain Jr. 79, of Kingsport, Tennessee has been fighting various types of cancer since 1994 and has now been called home to be with his Lord. Born October 5, 1932 in Bristol, Tennessee a son of the late John L. and Naomi Ruth (Kaylor) McLain he was the elder of six children. Mr. McLain has been in the refrigeration and air conditioning business since 1951. He was a navy veteran serving during the Korean War. After this he had a 34 year career with Eastman Kodak working in the field that he loved the most. After his retirement he went into business with his son Jeff, as McLain’s Heating and Cooling, Inc. Mr. McLain was a charter member of Bible Baptist Church, a life member of the NRA, Cherokee Rod and Gun Club and the Outdoorsmen. He was a member of the senior golf league and enjoyed playing golf.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Enck, Dr. Ronald Hunter, Brook Fischer of Amedysis Hospice Nurse and Johnson City Cancer Center.
In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his wife of 59 years Virginia O. Lyon McLain, June 8, 2012; two brothers, Shirley Eugene McLain, 1936 and Kenneth Allen McLain, 1953.
Survivors include two sons Gary McLain and wife Mary of St. Cloud, Florida and Jeffrey L. McLain and wife Heidi of Kingsport; two very special granddaughters Jessica McLain and Mallory McLain of Kingsport; one brother Don McLain and wife Gaye of Bristol; two sisters Evelyn Salyer and husband Russell of Bristol and Betty Cawood and husband Johnnie of Blountville; several nieces and nephews; several great-nieces and great nephews.
The family will receive friends from 5-8 P.M. Wednesday ( June 27, 2012) at Bible Baptist Church, 240 Hilton St. Kingsport, Tennessee 37663. Services will follow at 8 P.M. at the church with Pastor Don McCann, Pastor Greg Salyer and Assistant Pastor Keith Snodgrass officiating. Special music will be provided by Wendy Salyer. Burial will follow graveside services at 10 A.M. Thursday ( June 28, 2012) in Tri-Cities Memory Gardens. Pallbearers will be Vic Blevins, Ken Lucas, Bob Pardue, Benny Collings, George Reed and Bob Droke. Honorary Pallbearers will be Bill Wheeler, Steve Arthur, Ralph Moore, Johnnie Cawood, Russell Salyer and members of the Bible Baptist Church and the Senior Golf League. Military Honors will be accorded by The American Legion, Hammond Post 3 and Gate City Post 265.
In lieu of flowers the family request that memorial contributions be made to Bible Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 5756 Kingsport, Tennessee 37663.
Tri-Cities funeral home is honored to be serving the McLain Family.