US Marine Corps


RL McClain

October 26, 1930 ~ December 29, 2018 (age 88)

RL McClain of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, died Friday, December 29th, 2018, with his dearest loved ones by his side.

RL leaves behind a legacy of lifelong service to his country and his family. He entered the marines in November of 1948 and retired as a First Lieutenant in September of 1968.  Over the span of his 20 year military career, he traveled the world, fought in the Korean War, served two tours of duty in the Vietnam War, and earned many awards.

After his retirement from the Marines and the death of his father, RL entered into the service of his family by caring diligently for his mother, Lena McClain, until her death.

Because of RL's willingness and dedication to his family, the McClain family was able to make many years of memories together at the family home.

RL's kindness extended most broadly to children.  He was a loving uncle, surrogate grandfather, mentor, and friend to many.  

RL was truly a man of many trades.  He was a skilled musician, wood worker, fisherman, hunter, mechanic, and farmer.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Allen and Lena McClain; his brothers, William Martin, Bobby Joe, and baby Howard Lee; his sister, Mallie Louise Huff; and his nephews, Tim, Jeff, and Marti.  

He leaves behind two sisters, Betty Jean (Bill) Nix and Mary Lynn (Conley) Hill; nieces, Teresa, Eileen, Kennette, Cheryl, Barbara, Diana, and Lena; nephews, Jimmy, Charlie, Mike, and Nathan; as well as numerous great and great great nieces and nephews.  He also leaves behind a community filled with many friends.

He was and will forever be loved deeply by those whose lives he touched.

Arrangements are being handled by Neal Funeral Home, 231 N. Military Avenue, Lawrenceburg, Tennessee.  The family will receive friends from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM Wednesday, January 02, 2019 at Neal Funeral Home. Funeral services will be conducted at Neal Funeral Home at 2:00 PM Thursday, January 03, 2019, with Nathaniel Hill officiating.  Interment will follow at Arlington Cemetery in Mt. Pleasant, TN with full military honors.  Family suggests memorials be made to the charity of your choice.

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