Raymond McClure was born November 1, 1946, in Cleveland, Mississippi, to George Kenneth McClure and Grace Naron McClure. He graduated from Cleveland High School where he played defensive lineman on the football team. He studied electronics at Mississippi Delta Community College and Cook's School of Electronics before joining the Mississippi Air National Guard where he worked full-time for 12 years. As a Master Sergeant, he was responsible for maintaining automatic flight control systems on large military troop, medevac, and cargo transport aircraft during the Vietnam War. Raymond left the National Guard to enter the restaurant business as owner and manager of Country Charm Restaurant in Ridgeland, Mississippi, which he managed for 5 years.
During this time, he was twice elected as Ward 3 alderman for the city of Ridgeland where he also served as police commissioner, mayor pro tempore, justice of the peace, and deputy sheriff for Madison County.
He even made a run for Mayor in 1985. He found the perfect long-term fit for his likability and servant's heart when he started working for Fowler Buick GMC. Raymond spent 27 years as a top salesman and sales manager, retiring in 2013.
Raymond served the community in various ways including as PTA president of Ridgeland Elementary School where his daughters attended. He was an active member of First Baptist Church of Ridgeland and later Trace Ridge Baptist Church, and held various roles throughout his life including Chairman of Deacons, Sunday School teacher, and Director of the Bus Ministry.
He is survived by his wife and caregiver of almost 55 years Linda Bowen McClure, daughters Rhonda McClure (Rick) of the Texas Rio Grande Valley and Jill McClure (Rob Cuthbertson) of Austin, Texas, grandchildren Bowen Riley Cuthbertson and Margaret Adele Cuthbertson, and many cherished cousins, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, and nephews. He was preceded in death by his older brother George Kenneth McClure Jr., mother Grace Naron McClure, father George Kenneth McClure, maternal grandparents James William Naron and Maggie Lee Pepper Naron, and paternal grandparents William Thomas McClure and Martha Ann Grissett McClure.
Thursday, June 24
10 AM Visitation
11 AM Memorial Service
Natchez Trace Funeral Home
759 Hwy 51
There will not be a graveside service.
Donations in his honor can be made to the Alzheimer's Association at www.alz.org