James Witt McClelland was born March 14, 1896 to Witt and
Lena McClelland in Grand Chain, Illinois, the third oldest of
eight children of this union.
At an early age he professed a hop in Christ and was baptized
and became a member of Jones Chapel of Grand Chain, Illinois.
In 1916 he was united in Holy Matrimony with Bessie Crossland.
Three daughters were born to this union. Lula preceded him in
After the death of his wife, Bessie, he was joined in
marriage with Effie Harper, who also preceded him in death,
following fifty years of marriage.
July 5, 1975, 3:30 a.m. at Barnes Hospital he departed this
Leaving to mourn his passing are two
daughters, two brothers, two sisters, nine grandchildren,
twenty-five great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, other
relatives and friends.
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