John W. McClain

Published 1:33 pm Thursday, June 6, 2024

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John W. McClain, 83, of Johnson City, passed away Sunday, June 2, 2024, at James H. Quillen VA Medical Center. He was born November 6, 1940, in Butler, Tenn., and was a graduate of Elizabethton High School. At the age of 17, he joined the U.S. Army and served in the Signal Corps Division.

John was the Safety and Security Director for Mor-Flo Industries, where he worked for 30 years. He was an avid gardener and collector of rocks and gems. He enjoyed photography, watching Westerns, country music, and was a lake enthusiast for much of his life. Before his declining health, John attended Fountain of Life Bible Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John Henry McClain and Della Lambert McClain Daniels; stepfather, Roby G. Daniels Sr.; son, Jeff T. McClain; and half-brother, Roby G. Daniels Jr.

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Survivors include his daughters, Kimberly Christenberry (Jim), Butler, Tenn., and Tara Sizemore (Ben), Johnson City, Tenn.; stepson, Alex Williams (Marisa) Nashville, Tenn.; grandchildren, Jeffrey Grindstaff, Unicoi, Tenn., Maya and Paxton Sizemore, Johnson City, Tenn.; and special friend, Linda Arnold. 

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 11, at Happy Valley Memorial Park on the Elizabethton Highway in Johnson City. For those wishing to arrive for the processional to the cemetery, you may join the family at Memorial Funeral Chapel in Elizabethton at 10:20 a.m. Pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. A special thank you to the caring staff at the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center. Condolences may be sent to our website,

Memorial Funeral Chapel is serving the McClain family.