Just thought you'd like to know..
Meet Mel’Kenadi Grace McDuffie. Born December 31, 2014 to her parents, Kenneth
and Melissa McDuffie. Her proud Grandparents are Herman
"Jimmy"and Carolyn Blake, and Mary B. Strong. She is a cutie!
It is with deepest regret that we inform
you of the passing of Deacon Willie James McClurkin, Sr., on Wednesday, April 22, 2015. Arrangements were as follows
(all services were held at the church): Holy Trinity Baptist Church, 300 Albany Avenue, Amitywille, NY 11701 (631) 842-6665.
On Friday, May 1. 2015, the viewing commenced at 9:00a.m.
followed by the funeral starting at 10:00a.m. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to and were provided by Hasgill Funeral
Home at 155 Sunrise Highway, Amityville, NY 11701 whose phone is (631) 842-2788.
Expressions may be sent to The McClurkin Family, 310 40th Street, Copiage, NY
keep his children lifted in prayer during this time of bereavement
Willie James McClurkin, Jr.
LaVern McClurkin Price
Lauvania McClurkin Baker
Cheryl "Cheri" McClurkin, departed
this life on Tuesday, March 13, 2015 in Amityville, NY. Born in Amityville NY on June 8, 1962, Cheri sang and recorded
with The McClurkin Family over the years. She is best known however, as a Playwright, who recently penned her life story
in the form of a riveting play entitled "A Cry For Help", which play was produced by her own company, Cheronic Productions.
Cheri is survived by six siblings including Multi-award winning Gospel recording artist Donnie McClurkin of Rockville Center;
Marlene McClurkin Mason of Amityville; Andrea McClurkin Mellini of Farmingville; Anthony McClurkin of Indiana; Tanya McClurkin
Staples of Alabama; and Rafael McClurkin of Alabama; a grandmother; five children; nine grandchildren and several nieces and
This little Angel is Emerson Claire McClerklin, born to Dr. Dwayne and Jennifer McClerklin on December 14, 2014,
at Sentara Princess Anne Hospital in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Emerson weighed in at 5 pounds 13 ounces and
measured 19 inches in length. Mother, father, and baby are well, and Emerson has asserted
her position as "baby-in-chief" and ruler of the roost. A rousing McFamily WELCOME to Emerson and CONGRATULATIONS
to Dwayne and Jennifer!
Rev. John Daniel (J.D.) McClurkin,
fondly called "Grandpa" or "Uncle DD" by his family and "Rev" by those in the religious community,
was the fourth child of eight children born to Rev. J. A. McClurkin and Mrs. Emma Crosby McClurkin in Chester, SC on August
27, 1927. Since childhood he has always had a great sense of humor and will always be remembered for that hearty laugh that
would fill a room.
leaves to cherish his memory three daughters and one son: Pianelius Howell-Foster (Keny) of Plantation, Florida; Reginald
McClurkin (Denise) of Ellicott City, Maryland; Brenda Martin-Massey of Rock Hill, South Carolina; and Collette Dixon-Calhoun
of Rock Hill, South Carolina; eight grandchildren: Stephen McClurkin, Stacey McClurkin, Ashton Howell, Sherard Weathers, Courtney
Calhoun, Jeffrey (JJ) Calhoun Jr., Thaddius Davis, and Jeanae Martin; nine great-grandchildren: Peyton Howell, Parker Howell,
Khloe McClurkin, Shanya Calhoun, Ethan Brice, Maeghan Armstrong, Brandi Jackson, Brenden Jackson, and Makalia Davis: two brothers:
Willie McClurkin, Sr. of Amityville, New York and Robert McClurkin of Cleveland, Ohio; two sisters, Pansy Williams of Rock
Hill, South Carolina and Mary Emma Davis (Joe) of Chester, South Carolina; one sister-in-law, Melanie McClurkin of Chester,
South Carolina, and one special niece, Jacqueline Sims-Chisholm of Chester, South Carolina, who served as his caregiver when
he returned from Florida where he lived with his daughter for a brief period, along with a host of nieces, nephews, cousins,
other relatives, and friends. His parents, John & Emma, two sisters, Suenie & Eugenia, and one brother, Donald all
preceded him in death.
John attended the public schools of Chester, graduating from Finley High School. Determined
not to be what he called a "boot-leg" preacher, he also attended seminary to sharpen his skills and be properly
trained to serve in ministry. Throughout his ministry he would take advantage of any session or training
opportunity that presented itself to stay abreast of the latest trends in ministry. In 1952 while attending Benedict College,
J.D. met the former Susie M. Crawford. They were married on December 31, 1952. From that union two children were born:
Pianelius Drusilla (Penny) and Reginald O'Neal. He later married Joyce Bankhead.
Once again, God has smiled upon our McFamily
and blessed us with twin boys, Peyton and Parker Howell. The fraternal twins were born on February 5, 2014. They are
the children of Ashton Howell and grandchildren of proud Grandma Penny Howell-Foster, who says that they are as different
as night is from day. She also says that while they both resemble their father, Ashton, one of them (un-named) looks
like her. Dream on, Grandma :). The one at top with bottle is PEYTON
and the one on the bottom is Parker.
Welcome into the McFamily boys!!
On Wednesday, November 13 2013, the Patriarch, Donald
Andy McClurkin, Sr. passed away. Donald was 79. Having been born and raised in Chester, S.C. he later moved to Amityville,
New York. He was employed as a local construction worker when he met and married Frances McClurkin at the age of 20. Frances
predeceased Donald. He leaves behind his Multi Award winning gospel recording son, Donnie McClurkin and his Grammy-nominated
siblings, including Marlene McClurkin Mason, Cheryl McClurkin, Andrea McClurkin-Mellini, Anthony McClurkin, Tanya McClurkin
Staples, and Raphael McClurkin, and step-children Chavonne Johnson, Walter Johnson, Robert Johnson, Sjanita Johnson and current
wife Melanie McClurkin, and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and other relatives. He was preceded in
death by two other children; Olivia McClurkin and Thomas McClurkin.
The home-going service and celebration of his life was held on November 20, 2013 at Greater Allen AME Cathedral of New York in Jamaica,
New York. The McClurkin family would like to thank everyone for their prayers and words of encouragement and this colossal
loss to the McFamily.
This lovely little lady is Brielle Alyssa James, God's
gift to Anthony and Kiara James. Brielle was born on March 22, 2013 weighing in at 4 pounds 4 ounces. Although she was born
five months prematurely, word is that she is rapidly making up for it and has a hefty appetite. CONGRATS to the proud parents,
and WELCOME to the McFamily, Brielle.!!
Jules Baker, son of Lauvenia and Darren Baker
died suddenly on May 31, 2012 in Lakeland Florida. Jules was the brother of Jay McClurkin and Joy Baker and grandson of
Willie and the late Odessa McClurkin. Jules was just 20 years old. Funeral services were held in Lakeland Florida on June
6, 2012. Our prayers go out to Jules' parents and siblings and all of the McFamily, as we all share in his loss.
Mrs. Azalee Crosby Crawford Springs was called
from labor to reward on Monday, October 31, 2011 at her home. She joined hands with the Master and departed this life after
ninety-nine years on this earthly journey. Born in Fairfield County on March 22, 1912, she was the daughter of the late
Dennis Crosby and Janie Crosby Williams. To know her was to love her. She loved cooking and entertaining her family
and friends with big scruptious dinners that were greatly enjoyed by everyone. She will be greatly missed by all who
knew and loved her. Mrs. Crosby was preceded in death by her husbands, Nathaniel Crawford and Wardell "Bubba" Springs,
one son, Horace Crawford, one brother, and three sisters. She is survived by a host of relatives and friends. A special thanks
to the Hospice Staff of South Carolina, and deepest sympathies trom the McFamily.
Odessa P. McClurkin, the only child of the late
Massy Price and Lauvaina White Price, was called to her eternal rest on Tuesday, November 2, 2010.
Odessa met and married
the love of her life, Willie James McClurkin, Sr. on April 1947. In celebration of their 60th wedding anniversary, Willie
and Odessa, accompanied by a number of family members went on a Caribbean Cruise to Bermuda.
Odessa was retired, after serving for 27 years with the Long Island Developmental Center in Melville New
York, and was a devoted and faithful member of the Holy Trinity Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Vernon D. Shelton,
where she was ordained and consecrated as a
Deaconess and thereafter became a "Mother" of the Church.
She is survived by her husband, Willie, and a number of surviving children, and a host of grandchildren, neices, nephews,
cousins, other relatives, and friends.
The struggle is over, the victory is won. Sleep on Odessa, you have
earned a well-deserved rest. We loved you, but God loved you more.
This lovely couple is Penny Howell and Keny
W. Foster, who became Husband and Wife onFriday, November 5, 2010. The wedding took place at the Double Tree Guest Suites in
Charlotte, N.C. Keny is a Deacon at Red Hill Missionary Baptist Church where Penny's father, J.D. McClurkin pastored
for 33 years. Keny is also a "double dipper", having retired from the Army and again from BMW. Way to go, Keny!
To Penny and Keny, the Mcfamily is happy for you and will keep you in our prayers. A hearty "Welcome
to the McFamily to you, Keny !! There is a nice ring to "Penny" and "Keny", don't you all agree?
Click on the link below, to see the pictures of what appears to have been the "Wedding of the Century".
Penny & Keny's Wedding Pictures
Dwayne Eric McClerklin and Jennifer Elizabeth
Jefferies were married on Saturday, April 17, 2010 at the Mills House, Charleston, S.C. at 5:00 PM, with the wedding reception
following the wedding, at the same location, AT 5:30. Dwayne is the son of Marlene McClerklin and the late Willie McClerklin,
II, of Columbia S.C. The lovely bride, Jennifer, is the daughter of Debra McAbee of Greenville, S.C. The newlyweds
departed early on Sunday morning, April 18 for their honeymoon, a week in sunny St. Lucia, in the Caribbean. Our
collective CONGRATULATIONS to the newlyweds, and a hearty McFamily "Welcome" to Jennifer, the newest member of the
This little angel is Blaise Olivia Dixon, born to Crystal and Zino Dixon of Huntsville, Alabama on November
17, 2009. She weighed in at 7 pounds 6 ounces, and measured a whopping 20 inches long. Crystal is the daughter of the late
Olivia McClurkin. Looking at the pics it is hard to tell if Blaise was the cause of that passionate kiss, or its result.
Perhaps we will never know. At any rate, CONGRATULATIONS to Crystal and Zino.
The Homegoing Service celebrating the life of Mrs.
Luvenia P. McClerklin was held on Friday, September 18, 2009 in Columbia, S.C. Luvenia was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother,
great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. Born on May 4, 1924 in Lykesland, S.C., she was the daughter of the late
Roosevelt and Lillie Mae Patterson Jacobs. She was the wife of the late Willie ("Strawder") McClerklin of Columbia
and Step-mother of Ralph McClerklin, James McClerklin, Fred McClerklin, Horace McClerklin, Willie McClerklin, Aaron McClerklin,
Janie Myers, Mattie Mosby, Shirley Motley, Ermajean McClerklin, Ernest McClerklin and Christine Wilcox. Luvenia was also
survived by two brothers, Malachi (Kissie) Jacobs of Eastover and Edward Jacobs of Hopkins, S.C., a sister, Lillie Mae
Scott of Hopkins, and numerous other relatives, all of who will miss her dearly. Burial was at Temple of Yashua Cemetery
in Hopkins, S.C.
On August 2, 2009, Judah Baruch Mosby, the son
of Bishop Milton Mosby and Mattie McClerklin Mosby of God's Church of Deliverance, in Columbia, S.C., went home to be
with the Lord. Judah was funeralized on August 5, 2009, followed by a Memorial Service held on August 8, 2009 in Columbia.
He is survived by his parents, a twin sister, Judith, brother Samuel Elijah Mosby, elder sisters Candace Anita House and Carmen
Alexis Gray, his son Izear Judah Mosby, fiance Candiance Danielle Bates, his maternal grandmother, Luvenia McClerklin, and
a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and other extended family members. Judah will be missed but never forgotten.
Our prayers go out for the Mosby family.
Mrs. Jackie Sims-Chisholm is pleased to
announce the marriage of her "Baby Girl", Popotti ("Poppi") Sims to Quentin Martin, of Anderson,
S.C. The wedding took place on Saturday, August 1, 2009 in Chester, S.C. We welcome Quentin into the McFamily, and wish nothing
but the best for this beautiful couple. Poppi is the grand-daughter of Mrs Pansy Williams.
On Saturday, December 27, 2008 Almeta McClerklin Boyd
went home to be with her Lord. Almeta was the twin sister of Louise McClerklin Allen, and the daughter of the late Aaron and
Mattie McClerklin of Columbia, S.C. She is survived by two sons, Jonathan and Terence, two brothers, Aaron McClerklin, Jr.
of Columbia, S.C. and Lenzo McClerklin of Brooklyn, New York, her only sister, Louise McClerklin Allen of Hampton, Virginia,
and a host of nieces and nephews and others. Our most sincere sympathies to her immediate family, and we all mourn her
On September 12, 2008 the death angel invaded the
McFamily as our beloved Minister Lugenia Blake went home to be with her Lord. The daughter of the late Reverend John A. McClurkin
and Emma McClurkin was born on September 1, 1929 in Chester, S.C. She was educated in the Chester County School System and
graduated from Finley High School. She was also a graduate of St. Vincent's School of Nursing and attended the University
of Bridgeport in Connecticut. She was called into ministry in 1997 and has been serving the Lord as a dedicated Minister of
the Gospel at First Baptist Church. Minister Blake is survived by two sons, Herman L. Blake of Charlotte, N.C., and Minister
Ernest Blake, Jr. of Bridgeport, and one daughter, Deborah J. Blake, four brothers, two sisters, and a host of grandchildren,
nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. She was predeceased by her late husband, Ernest Blake, Sr., daughter Donna
A. Blake, and sister Suenie v. Anderson. The McFamily mourns the loss of this saint, but rejoices in her salvation and her
well-deserved rest in the arms of our Lord.
One of gospel music's most powerful singers,
Donnie McClurkin, and his family mourn the loss of his sister, Olivia McClurkin. The second oldest sibling of seven
children succumbed to a nine year struggle with cancer on Tuesday November 4, 2008. Not only will this day be recorded
in the history books for the nomination of America's first African American President, but it will be recorded in the
hearts of the "McFamily" and friends as the day she made her transisiton to her heavenly home. Olivia was a dynamic
vocalist who recorded with her siblings on two McClurkin Family Projects (Zomba Records), along with singing background for
such artists as pop star, Whitney Houston, gospel artists Pastor Adrae Crouch, Ron Kenoly and others. Olivia leaves
behind a grandmother, mother , father, two brothers, four sisters, three daughters, nine grandchildren and a host of other
family and friends. We know that she is in Heaven making joyful noises with her Lord and Savior!
On Saturday, April 19, 2008 Burton McClerklin and
Theresa Jones were joined in Holy Matrimony at the Church of the Open Door, in Brooklyn, New York. Burton is the son of Mr.
Lenzo McClerklin of Brooklyn, where the newlyweds will also reside. Welcome to the McFamily, Theresa, and may you have many
beautiful years together!
Kiara and Anthony's Wedding Page
This beaming couple are newly-weds Kiara ("Kiki") McClerklin James and Anthony Lorenzo James, who were married on
Saturday, March 15, 2008 at 3:00 P.M. at Francis Burns United Methodist Church, Columbia, S.C. Kiara is the daughter of Elder
Ernest McClerklin and Dr. Patricia McClerklin of Columbia, South Carolina. Anthony is the son of Mrs. Stephanie Hickson and
Mr. Amos James, Sr.
The Maid of Honor was Ms. Jessica Forman and the Best Man was Mr. Aaron Whitney. Bridesmaids were cousins Alaina
McClerklin and Ms. Danielle Motley. Groomsmen were Mr. Charlie Wilson, Jr. and Mr. Jeremiah Graves.
The wedding was a gala affair attended by a host of family friends and other well wishers. The couple left promptly for
their honeymoon, a 7-day Caribbean Cruise. Way to Go!
Our prayers go out to this lovely young couple, and the entire McFamily wishes them many years of marital bliss!!
On July 20, 2007 Deacon James Edward McClerklin departed this life at Bronx Lebanon Hospital in Bronx, N.Y. where he
resided. Deacon McClerklin was the son of the late Aaron L. McClerklin and Mattie Crumpton McClerklin. He served his country
honorably in World War II, and after receiving an Honorable Discharge, he worked as a Baker and Chef from which he retired
after many years of faithful service in that profession. His former wife, Willie Lou Johnson preceded him in death, and he
never re-married. Those who will forever cherish fond and precious memories of James are his two loving brothers, Aaron
L. McClerklin, Jr. of Columbia, S.C. and Lenzo McClerklin of Brooklyn, N.Y. , two loving sisters, Almeta Boyd of Columbia,
S.C. and Louise Allen of Hampton, Va., numerous nephews, nieces, great nephews and great nieces, great-great nephews and nieces,
and many others. The family shares in the grief of his loss, but rejoices in the knowledge that he is now resting with
Michael David McClerklin, Sr. son of Pastor Fred McClerklin and Ruth McClerklin of Columbia, S.C. departed this life
and went home to his Savior on October 12, 2007 at his home in Florida. Michael was a man of many talents and accomplishments.
He was a star athlete in high school where he played varsity football and was a member of the track and field team.
He served in both the 82d Airborne and the 101st Airborne Divisions while in the military, held a black belt in karate and
taught at the Kenpo Karate School in Panama. Michael was also a scholar, attaining an Associate's Degree and a Bachelor's
Degree in Nursing. Most of all he was a man of God, and was always able to rise above the cares of this life and see the good
that God created. He is survived by his son, Michael David McClerklin, Jr. ("Lil' Mike"), his parents, brothers and sisters,
and a host of other relatives, all of who will miss him. If Michael could speak to us he would say "Love Me, But Let Me Go".
The family loves you, Mike, and we will let God.
James McClerklin, a Retired First Sergeant, U.S. Army went home to see the Lord on November 11, 2005, at his home in
Hephzibah, Georgia. James, or "C" as he was called by his family, was born in Columbia S.C. on November 20, 1932 to Willie
and Juanita McClerklin. He was a star football player at C.A. Johnson High School before entering into the military,
where he remained for 21 years. He served two tours in Vietnam, and was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star and numerous
other awards and commendations. He was active in his Church and community, a devout Christian, father of Gerald McClerklin and
Daria (McClerklin) McClung, and survived by numerous brothers, sisters, nephews, nieces and other relatives, all of who will
miss his gentle spirit and demeanor. His services were held at Williams Funeral Home in Hephzibah and interment took place
at Hillcrest Memorial Park, with full military honors. The American flag was presented to his daughter, Daria.
Congratulations are in order to Ki'Juana "Kiki" Madry and
Sebastian "Bat" Hopkins on their wedding! Kiki is the daughter
of Emily "Cookie" and Alden Jackson and the grand daughter of Joe and Mary Davis. The wedding was a garden wedding and took
place on July 9, 2005 at Glen Cairn Garden in Rock Hill, S.C. and was a gala affair. Check out those
smiles (and that big rock on her left hand)!! Get more details by clicking on the link below:
The entire McFamily wishes for them a beautiful life together.
Presenting Williard Ethan Jackson, born November 18, 2003 in Atlanta Georgia to Willard "Bill" and Nina Jackson. Little
Ethan weighed in at 7 pounds and was 21 inches at birth. Nina is the eldest daughter of Alden and "Cookie" (Davis) Jackson
and the eldest grandchild of Joe and Mary Emma (McClurkin) Davis. Ethan is Joe and Mary Emma's third great-grandchild and
second great grand-son. Ethan's room was "custom painted" by his proud papa Bill. A hearty McFamily "welcome" to little Ethan,
and God's blessings upon this young family.