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Ben Harold McClure

Ben Harold McClure, 84, of Winter Haven, Fla. and Hayesville, passed away Saturday, March 23, 2019 in Winter Haven. 

He was a native of Clay County and the son of the late, George Howard and Sue Daisy Byers McClure. He was a retired Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy and served in the Vietnam War. Ben had also been a heavy equipment mechanic in Stockberger, Ind. and a mechanic for Chatuge Shores Golf Course in Hayesville. He was a member of the Shiloh Baptist Church, the VFW in Clay County and the Fleet Reserve Association. 

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his twin brother, Zed Howard McClure; brother, George Hal McClure; and three sisters, Virginia McClure, infant June Elizabeth McClure and Joyce Smith. 

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Velma Mae Miller McClure; daughter, Janet Santiago; stepson, Don Taylor; stepdaughters, Linda Dawson and Lois Ann Henderson; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. 

Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 28 at the Townson Rose Funeral Home in Hayesville. Rev. Clark Moss will officiate. Burial will be in the Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church in Warne with military graveside rites conducted by the American Legion Post #96 Murphy, American Legion Post 532, VFW Post 6812, Hayesville and the Marine Corp. League, Marble, N.C. 

The family will receive friends from 12-2 p.m. Thursday, March 28 at the Townson Rose Funeral Home in Hayesville. 

Townson Rose Funeral Home: www.townson-rose. com is in charge of arrangements. 

Clay County Progress

Mailing Address: PO Box 483, Hayesville, NC 28904
Physical Address: 43 Main Street, Hayesville, NC 28904
Phone: 828-389-8431
Fax: 828-389-9997