Opal Cain McClure, widow of James Franklin “Jimmy” McClure and a lifelong resident of Berea, departed this life on Wednesday evening, December 23, 2020. She was a member of Big Hill Holiness Church, a faithful follower of Jesus Christ, and a cherished wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and cousin.
The youngest of ten children born to James Marion and Lottie Powell Cain, Opal is survived by her daughter Jamie McClure (Ken) Holt and her son James Franklin (Pam) McClure, Jr.; her grandchildren Bradley (Courtney) Saylor, A.J. Buster, Antonio Roberts; Misty (Mark) Smith, Tiffany (Eric) Turner, and Nikki (Brandon) Kirby; Brandalin (Chris) Foster and James Franklin McClure III. Great grandchildren are Katilyn and Bailey Pearson, Isiah McClure Baker, Zack and Leland Kirby; Sophie, Emmielou, and Koben Saylor. She is also survived by one great-great granddaughter Layla Marie Gabbard.
Also mourning her loss is her sister Joyce Cain Johnson, along with many nieces and nephews. Her nieces adored her and not only called her aunt but also girlfriend. Her nephews, too, recall happy memories of times spent with her and their Uncle Jimmy, fishing the waters of Lake Weiss, Alabama, and gathering at their cabin in Jackson County.
Other than her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter Kimberley McClure Saylor; her grandson Josh Stewart; her brother Bart Cain; her sisters Betty Cain Harris, Lizzie Cain Harrison, Mary Cain Wilson, Oma Cain Durham, Sarah Cain Eaton, Jurene Cain Burdette, and Marcella Cain Hembree.
A private memorial service officiated by Bro. Justin Hall will be followed by interment at Berea Cemetery on Wednesday, December 30.