James Allison McLain, age 97, went home to be with the Lord on February 1, 2021. He is predeceased by his wife, Lillian Gladys Propst McLain, and leaves two sons, Michael James McLain and his wife Harriette of Brevard, North Carolina and Alan Glen McLain and his wife Joan of Cedar Hill, Texas. He is also predeceased by two sisters, Kathryn Luola McLain Cantrell and Mary Elizabeth McLain of Oak Ridge, Tennessee and three brothers, John Eagleton McLain of Centralia, Washington, George Patton McLain of Barrington, Illinois, and Fred Napoleon McLain, Jr. of Kingston, Tennessee. He leaves a granddaughter, Samantha Alexis McLain of Cedar Hill, Texas, numerous nieces and nephews, and longtime dear friend, Margaret Lovitt.
Jim was born on March 18, 1923 and raised in Sylva, North Carolina. After graduation from high school, he enlisted in the United States Navy in January of 1941 and was in a Navy school in Key West, Florida when the bombing of Pearl Harbor occurred. He served most of his Navy time on SC-497, the first of the World War II-class 110-foot Submarine Chasers and was on the crew that accepted the ship from the shipbuilder in Gulfport, Texas in early 1942. He served on the ship until they trained a French crew and turned the ship over to France on the Lend-Lease Program in the spring of 1944, after which time he was assigned to a Mine Sweeper.
After his time in the Navy ended in 1946, he crossed the mountains from North Carolina into East Tennessee where he spent his career at the Y-12 Plant in Oak Ridge, retiring as a Plant Shift Superintendent. He met his wife, Gladys, in Oak Ridge and they lived there until 1951, when they moved to Harriman, Tennessee with their two young sons. In 1961, they moved to Kingston, Tennessee where they completed raising their family. He and Gladys moved to Cedar Hill, Texas in 1991 to spend time with their granddaughter until his wife’s death in 1997, whereupon he returned to Kingston, Tennessee where he remained until his death.
Post-COVID, a memorial service will be planned at his church, Luminary United Methodist Church in Ten Mile, Tennessee. His ashes will join his wife’s ashes in Watts Bar Lake.
Baldwin Cremation & Mortuary Service is honored to be serving the McLain family.
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