Randell E. “Randy” McClain, 77, of Port St. Joe, Florida, went home to be with Christ on June 10, 2013. He selflessly fought cancer with dignity and strength for the past year before he passed away at Covenant Hospice in-patient care at Bay Medical Center. Randell was born in Cottondale, Florida on September 5, 1935.
He is survived by his wife, Judy, whom he married on August 6, 1960, sharing his life and love with her more than 50 years. Together they raised three daughters, Lori Cardoso, Traci Adkison and Randi McClain-Wolf, affectionately known and often introduced as #1, #2 and #3. He was also very proud of his son-in-laws, Jim Cardoso, Chris Adkison and Dale Wolf, as well as, six grandchildren, Allise, Mitchell, McClain, Tanner, Alexis and Dustin. He is also survived by his brother, Marvin McClain and brother-in-law, Gary Norton and family. Randell was preceded in death by his parents, sister, sister-in-law and brother-in-law.
He served his country in the United States Air Force where he began learning a trade that led to a career he cherished for 52 ½ years at the radar/microwave tracking site at Cape San Blas, along with co-workers he called friends and “family”.
Randell was a long standing member of the Long Avenue Baptist Church family where he served his Lord and Savior faithfully handling most any task from changing light bulbs in the sanctuary to teaching God’s word. He raised his family in a Christian home.
He was undoubtedly a loving and caring husband and father, a true friend, a helpful neighbor, a stand-in dad, a shop and auto body teacher, a reloading specialist, a history buff, a fix it guy and most of all a man of character. Most people knew him by his hardy handshake and his “howdy partner” or nickname greetings. He loved holidays at the local beaches, fishing, and NASCAR races, with family and friends. He enjoyed reading. He loved guns and time spent at the rifle range shooting trap and shooting the bull with fellow enthusiasts.
The family would like to invite friends to a casual celebration of Randell’s life on Sunday, June 16, 2013, visiting between the hours of 4:00-6:00 p.m. at their home in Port St. Joe for fellowship and memory sharing. A prayer time will be held at 5:00 p.m.
Donations in Randell’s memory can be made to the Autism Speaks Organization at http://events.autismspeaks.org/tributes/rememberingrandellmcclain.