Elder Harrison McClain, Sr., affectionately known as “Fred” and “Big Mac”, was born in Wake County, North Carolina on November 21, 1939 to the late Herman McClain, Sr. and Ethel Parker McClain. He departed this earthly life on Sunday, September 15, 2019 at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C.
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Elder McClain was reared on the family farm in Garner, N.C. and later in Creedmoor, N.C. where he attended G.C. Hawley High School until the family relocated to Apex, N.C. Determined not to be a farmer, Elder McClain left home and came to Durham to seek employment. He worked in housekeeping at Duke University then at Adams Concrete as a cement finisher. He also worked at Carpenter Lumber Company in Morrisville, N.C. He later continued his education at Durham Technical Community College. Elder McClain was eventually employed by the City of Durham, Street Maintenance Division, where he worked his way up from general laborer to crew leader and then to supervisor. In 1989 Elder McClain received recognition as the City of Durham’s Employee of the Year. He retired in September of 2001 after 38 years of dedicated service with the City of Durham.
As a youth, Elder McClain attended Greenfield Baptist Church in Creedmoor, N.C. with his family. The family later joined The Mill Grove House of Prayer (which is now The Friendship House of Prayer) in Durham where Elder McClain accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior and continued his spiritual journey under the leadership of Overseer Annie Bynum. In 1959, at age 20, he received and accepted the call to ministry. In subsequent years, he served at The Lord’s House Prophetic Ministry and The Mill Grove Full Gospel Church. In September 2018, Elder McClain rejoined The Friendship House of Prayer and served as minister and elder until his health declined. He loved to pray, preach, and praise the Lord.
Elder McClain married Louise Harris on June 15, 1963. She was the love of his life and a devoted and faithful wife to him. He was a loving husband and provider for his family.
Elder McClain was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers: Leroy, Herman, Jr., James, and Arthur McClain and three sons: Joseph, Kevin, and Cedrick McClain.
He leaves to celebrate his life and cherish his memory, his wife Evangelist Louise McClain, of the home; one son, Elder Harrison McClain, Jr. (Roslind) of Port St. Joe, F.L.; four daughters: Donice Brame (Danny), Sandra and Joann McClain of Durham, N.C. and Jacqueline McClain of Atlanta, G.A.; 22 grandchildern and 12 great-grandchildren; one brother: John Calvin McClain (Mary) of Landover, M.D.; four sisters-in-law: Evangeline McClain, Pattie Jean Watley, Carolyn Williams (Melvin) and Joyce Watson; one brother-in-law: Alfonso Harris (Debbie); one goddaughter: Emoni Cozart; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.