Luther Melvin McClure Jr., age 74, of Senatobia, MS, left his earthly life on March 25, 2023.
Melvin was born on February 23, 1949 in Memphis, TN to Luther Melvin McClure Sr. and Clara Lee Fudge McClure. He graduated from Senatobia High School and Mississippi State University then served in the United States National Guard. He then furthered his education at The University of Mississippi earning a Juris Doctorate degree. Melvin has served as an attorney, City Judge, and Chancery Judge. He also enjoyed genealogy and history. He served as a Senatobia/Sycamore Bank Director and was an active member of the Rotary Club as well as Senatobia’s historical preservation committee.
Melvin was a lifelong member of Senatobia First United Methodist Church where he placed his heart and soul. He was a part of the Wesley Sunday School class, Connect Group, and the FUMC Men’s group. He was a member of the Emmaus Community and church choir. He loved his church and actively served in many capacities, even as a group leader for vacation bible school. He loved prayer time at the altar and praying over others as well.
Melvin was a loving son, husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend. He loved Jesus which was evident in the way that he lived his life. He wanted others to know Jesus as well. Melvin is survived by his wife of 51 years, Mary Claire Dowdle McClure of Senatobia, MS; his sons Doug McClure (Jill) of Senatobia, MS, Rob McClure (Lindsey) of Madison, MS; his grandchildren, Paige Nickens (Garrett), Peyton McClure, Micah McClure, Lily McClure, and Hadley McClure; his great-grandchildren, Blaire Nickens and Will Nickens; his sister, Elizabeth McClure Jackson of Iuka, MS. He is preceded in death by his parents, Luther Melvin McClure Sr. and Clare Lee Fudge McClure.
To know Melvin was to love him. He might be gruff on the outside but deep down he had a love like no other. He was immensely proud of his boys, very grateful to have granddaughters that could talk him into anything, and ecstatic to have a grandson to carry on the McClure name. Melvin loved his dogs, his horses and his farm and could spend hours out there taking in God’s beauty. He could talk to anyone and would talk to anyone who would listen. His favorite topics: Jesus and history. If you invited him to speak to a group of people about something historical, you better make sure they had plenty of time because he could and would talk for hours about his favorite historical topics. He loved history so much that he even became a published author! He was such a knowledgeable man and a fun man. He was a jokester and you would see that if you spent much time around him. Never will there be another like him. Melvin will certainly be missed!
Visitation will be on Wednesday, March 29, 2023, from 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. at First United Methodist Church of Senatobia. The funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. in the church. The family requests that memorial contributions be made to Senatobia First United Methodist Church.
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