First Posted: 1/15/2009
Alexander Torrey McLean Jr., 88, of Scotia Village, died Jan. 1, 2005, at his home.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the First Presbyterian Church of Lumberton, the Rev. Samuel P. Warner officiating.
McLean was born in Lumberton on Jan. 2, 1916, to the late Alexander Torrey McLean and Annie Neil McLean. He attended Davidson College, where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity and graduated Cum Laude in 1938. After graduation, he served with the Civilian Conservation Corps in the state of Washington, an experience he remembered fondly for the rest of his life. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. While stationed at Ft. Bragg, he met and married Lea Brown of Fayetteville, who died in June 1986.
After the war, he returned to Lumberton where he was employed at Lumberton Sales Company and the Lumberton Tobacco Board of Trade. He was recalled to active military duty in 1951 and served in Korea the following year. While there, he obtained the rank of major and was awarded the Bronze Star medal.
After the Korean War, he returned to the family farm in Robeson County. He remained a farmer until 1968, when he became vice president of Southern National Insurance Services, part of Southern National Bank. In 1977, he joined Virgil Brady of Fairmont and his son Clarkson McLean in purchasing the Lumberton location of Southern National Insurance, which was reorganized as McLean, Brady & McLean Insurance. He retired in 1986, and in June 1994 he moved to Scotia Village in Laurinburg where he remained until his death.
He was an avid hunter and fisherman with many friends throughout the southeastern part of the state, particularly Robeson and Scotland counties. While a resident of Lumberton, he became elder in the First Presbyterian Church of Lumberton, where his father had been the first elder emeritus. He was an active member and past president of the Lumberton Rotary Club and a director of Home Federal Savings and Loan Association.
Surviving are his brother, Kenneth McLean of Lumberton; two sons, Alexander Torrey McLean III of Cary and Clarkson Brown of Cornelius; two grandsons; two granddaughters; and a great-granddaughter.
Visitation is 7 to 9 tonight at Biggs Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Lumberton, 1002 N. Chestnut St., Lumberton, N.C. 28358, Faith Presbyterian Church of Laurinburg Building Fund, 2220 Elm Ave., Laurinburg, N.C. 28352 or the Hospice of Scotland County, P.O. Box 1033, Laurinburg, N.C. 28352.