A Footnote in McClain History

The Greenfield Historical Society will publish a book on MHS which will be available in early summer. The new book will be available for purchase at the Greene Countrie Towne Festival, online at the society’s website ( http://www.greenfieldhistoricalsociety.org ) and at the Centennial Re-dedication of McClain High School over the 2015 Labor Day weekend.


Eighty-one years ago last week, the Greenfield community suffered a great loss. On May 2, 1934, Edward Lee McClain passed away at the age of 72. B.R. Duckworth, MHS principal at the time, had these words to say at his funeral service, held several days later. “It is highly appropriate . . . to render our meed of praise to our good friend and benefactor, Edward Lee McClain, who passed to his reward quietly and peacefully on the afternoon of May second. Because it was so unexpected, the announcement of his death came as a painful shock to us all.”

The 1934 Dragon, dedicated in honor of McClain, describes the funeral service held at the First United Methodist Church, “. . . the church was filled to capacity with a sorrowing citizenry, come to pay a last tribute to their leading fellow-citizen. . . . Flowers were banked high completely around the chancel and the casket was covered with a blanket of rosebuds.”

McClain is buried in Greenfield Cemetery, in the family plot where he was laid to rest alongside his parents and grandparents, one of his children who died in infancy, and his brother.
Citizens can still pay respects to Greenfield’s beloved favorite son, as his grave is easily located. Enter the main gate of the cemetery, turn left at the chapel and then right. The grave is on the left. The McClain family group has a large marker which can’t be missed.

Submitted by Jayne Honnold


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