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June 06, 1940 October 26, 2019
June 06, 1940 -- October 26, 2019

Joseph (Joe) McClaine

Joseph (Joe) McClaine June 6, 1940 – October 26, 2019 Married January 15, 1960 to Shirley Ann Haws –they would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in 2020. Joe had three daughters: Donna Jo Neumann married to Mike Neumann of Garland, Texas; Dana Ann Oldham married to James Oldham of Nacogdoches, Texas; Darla Denise Wood married to Jeff Wood of The Woodlands, Texas. He had Grandchildren including Sarah Michelle Taylor married to Greg Taylor; Joseph Ryan Best; Emily Danielle Best, Joshua Jeffrey Wood, Amelia Lorene Oldham, Olivia Nicole Wood. His Great-grandchildren include Kaylin Dawn Taylor; Colton Wayne Moore; Kolbi Michelle Taylor. His Sister is Carmen Boner married to Robert Boner. His niece (a bonus daughter) Leslie Bailey married to Jeff Bailey and many other nieces and nephews – all of whom he dearly loved. Joe was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and entered the Air Force in July 1958 and received honorable discharge as Airman 2nd class in July 1964. He served in Korea. He then began working at Texas Instruments in 1963 and retired 38 years later in 2001. Joe McClaine -- a giant of a man with many names: Honey, Daddy, Pa, Uncle Joe, Friend, Woodworker, Mechanic, Believer. The Patriarch and leader of his family. So many names that told of his love for his people and his character. Honey to his beautiful wife Shirley for 60 years. Daddy to his 3 D's -- Donna, Dana and Darla. Pa to his grandbabies Sarah, Bud, Emmy, Joshua, Amelia, Olivia, Kaylin, Colton and Kolbi. Nieces and nephews, both blood and married-in knew him as Uncle Joe but many considered him more like a father. Loyal friend to neighbors, to co-workers from T.I. and to people he came face to face with in daily life all knew him as a man that held a special place in their hearts. Mechanic and woodworker -- self taught in his talents, there was never a project he was afraid to tackle with 100% effort. The outcome was never good enough to suit him but priceless to those who were on the receiving end of his handiwork. Most importantly of all, he was a Believer! A Man after the heart of God. A good and faithful servant to his Jesus and all of those he loved and cherished. His obedience to his Savior landed him at the right hand of his heavenly Father. One of his grandchildren wrote that the mold was broken when God made this man – he was one of a kind. He was the epitome of chivalry and declared you will never find anyone more loyal to his country. His handshake was second to none – strong and sure and his heart lived to serve others. No words on this earth could serve him justice and truly describe the character of this gentle, giant Man. To really know him you just need to look around this room into the eyes of the lives he touched; listen to the stories; feel the love; see the respect. The legacy he instilled into each one of us will carry on when we continue to honor him in living by his example. The world is now a litter darker and heaven is significantly brighter. So go rest high on that mountain sweet man, where your burdens are no more. All of your woodworking is without blemish, your spelling is perfect and the hamburgers are piled a mile high. Heaven's dance floor awaits you as you two-step your way to meet your Jesus face to face.