Charles McClain, son of Hada Landrum and Floyd McClain, was born May 26, 1934, at Lineville, Iowa. He passed away at his home of 51 years in Promise City, Iowa, on Aug. 9, 2013, at the age of 79 years, 2 months, and 14 days.
Charles married Velma Atkinson in Centerville on June 13, 1959. To this union three sons were born, Timothy Charles, Mark Everett and Richard Alan McClain.
After serving in the Army, he returned home and began working for Bob Lockridge for the next 20 years.
He later owned and operated McClain’s Market in Seymour and was a Moorman’s Feed salesman. The last 31 years of his life he drove a school bus for Seymour Community Schools. Charlie always made time for a child and considered each one as extended family.
His love of life came from his horses. That love held true from the first day he was able to climb up on a horse until the day of his death. He was a widely known horse and livestock trader. He also carried a great admiration for top-notch hounds or a good livestock dog.
He always had a joke or an old handed down family saying for every occasion. Wayde said, “Of which got him plenty of trouble in school. Telling a teacher “piss up a rope,” never quite worked as well as Grandpa made it sound.”
Charlie was preceded in death by his parents; infant brothers, Bobbie and Billie; older brothers, Dean and Jack; younger brother, Nate McClain; sister, Mary Louis Mullikin; nephews, Robert “Jake” Miskimins, Jimmie McClain, Rex McClain, Dale McClain, Jack Turpen and Jerry Hickerson and nieces, Juanita Mohr, Bonnie Stein and Jackie Gouveia.
He is survived and will be sadly missed by his sons, Timothy Charles, Mark Everett (Kathy) and Richard Alan (Diane) McClain; grandchildren, Nathan, Dalton, Paul, Wayde, Trenton and Sydney; great-grandchildren, Charles Dean and Blaise Jasmine; sisters, Dickie Bartlett (who he considered a second mother and very best friend), Ann Clubb and Grace McClain; sister-in-law, Ethelyn McClain; along with several other great-nieces, nephews and many, many friends.
Funeral services were held Aug. 13 at the Randolph Funeral Home in Seymour with Pastor Mike Finn officiating.
Musical selections were “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” and “Precious Lord, Take My Hand” with vocalist Milton Albertson and pianist Natalie Brown.
Casket bearers were Mark McClain, Wayde McClain, Richard McClain, Paul McClain, Dalton Sloan and Trenton McClain.
Honorary bearers were Tim McClain, Jimmy Steele, Kevin Staggs, Nathan McClain, Jim Pershy, Larry McClain and Major Cross.
Interment was in the Seymour Cemetery.
Randolph-Black Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.