Ray McClure, age 90 of Sevierville, passed away Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at his home. He was a World War II veteran of the United States Army serving in North Africa, Italy, and France, where he was awarded the Purple Heart medal. He was a member of the Church of the Valley and was retired from Fisher Oil Company.
He was preceded in death by his son, James McClure; parents, Ollie and Caroline McClure; brothers, J.D., Doyle, Howard and Shirley McClure; sisters, Gladys Stinnett and Grace McClure.
Survivors: wife of 66 years, Emma Wright McClure; sons and daughters-in-law, Bob and Paige McClure, Bill and Janet McClure; daughters and sons-in-law: Charlotte and Ronald Patty, Joan and Larry Amburn; 20 Grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren; brother, Wade McClure; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Lucille McClure, Oma McClure Maples, Charlotte Myers McClure, Tom and Stella Maples, Ina Wright, Bernice Wright, Virgil Finchum, and Paulette Wright; a host of other family and friends; special friends, Silman and Vera Lawler and Roy Gose.
The family would like to express their gratitude to the caregivers at Home Instead Senior Care, Vicki Cleveland and Covenant Home Care and Hospice for their excellent care.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Church of the Valley building fund, 3830 Wears Valley Road, Sevierville, TN 37862.
Funeral service 6 p.m. Saturday in the East Chapel of Atchley Funeral Home with Rev. Roy Gose and Rev. Sam Justus officiating. Interment 2 p.m. Sunday in Mattox Cemetery with military honors provided by American Legion Post #104. His grandsons will serve as pallbearers. The family will receive friends 4-6 p.m. Saturday at Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville.