First Posted: 1/15/2009
A memorial will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Chestnut Street United Methodist Church, the Revs. Jimmie Tatum and Stan Smith officiating.
He was born in Red Springs on Oct. 17, 1920, to the late John Franklin McLean Sr. and Catherine Thompson McLean. He was educated in Red Springs, graduating the 12th grade in Lumberton. He was in the retail and music business. He was one of the founders of Merrimac Music Company and was later employed by Mundy Furniture Company until his retirement. He was a devoted and active servant of the Chestnut Street United Methodist Church, receiving the Layman of the Year award in 1984. His voice contributed to the church choir for 60 years. He served his community through his participation in the Kiwanis Club and as a volunteer for Meals on Wheels for 18 years where he delivered not only a hot meal but words of cheer and encouragement.
McLean served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, participating with the Naval Amphibious Forces.
His family said: “Jimmy was a caring and loving husband and father.”
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Catherine McLean Byrd; and a brother, John Franklin McLean Jr.
Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Frances Freeman McLean; two daughters, Dickey McLean Adams and her husband, Franklin, of Raleigh and Catherine McLean Walden and her husband, Archie, of Garner; a niece, Cathy Byrd Hedgpeth of Thomasville; a nephew, Jesse Byrd of Fayetteville.
Memorials may be made to Meals of Wheels, 4721 Fayetteville Road, Lumberton, N.C. 28358 or to the Chestnut Street United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 1464, Lumberton, N.C. 28359.
The family will receive friends following the service at the church and other times at the home, 1008 East 6th St., Lumberton.
For more information visit www.biggsfuneralslumberton.com.