Jimmy Fitzgerald McClain, 49, of Cordova Tenn., and formerly of Elaine, a beloved brother, minister, teacher, and coach went home to be with the Lord on Feb. 20, 2013.
He was born to Charles Henry and Jim Ella McClain in Lundell. Mr. McClain graduated from Elaine High School in Elaine and went on to receive a BBA in marketing from the University of Arkansas at Conway. He also held a MBA degree in management from Strayer University.
Basketball was one of his passions. Jimmy excelled as a member of his college basketball team and played professional basketball for 7 1/2 years. He was the assistant Boys' basketball coach at Ridgeway High School in Memphis. He was also a business teacher at Ridgeway High School where his students loved him dearly.
Jimmy had a passion for writing. He completed work on his first book and movie script. He was the president of the board of directors of the Exodus Foundation, a domestic violence prevention organization in Memphis. He was also a contributing writer at the “Smart Cookies Don't Crumble,” an Internet website that teaches children to learn and grow and to celebrate themselves and each other. He was once asked, “What does success mean to you?” He said, “Success is lining up with the will of God and then reflecting a life that allows others to follow Christ's example through me.”
He was the current minister of the Johnson Street Church of Christ in Benton.
His father preceded him in death.
He will forever be cherished and remembered by his mother, Jim Ella McClain-Carter; brothers, Ronald Wilson (Linda), Charlie McClain, Calvin McClain, Clarence Hood and Micheal McClain; sisters, Easter McClain, Carla McClain and Charis Dolphin (Alaric); two aunts, Pearlie Mae Smithland Alma Davis; an uncle, John Parker and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
A wake will be held on Friday, March 1 at Kincaid Funeral Services from 5 to 7 p.m. Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, March 2 at the Midtown Church of Christ located at 1930 Union Avenue in Memphis. His body will lie in state from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church.
Arrangements are entrusted to Kincaid Funeral Services. Post messages & share memories at www.kincaidfuneralservices.com.