Ernest McClenon

August 4, 2014

McClenon, Ernest Obituary

Ernest McClenon was born on June 15, 1934 in Chester, South Carolina.  At an early age he accepted Christ and was baptized in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, he attended the public schools and graduated from Finley High School,  the first high school in Chester for Black students.  After graduation, Ernest lived in New York and Philadelphia, working at various jobs, including an apprenticeship at Doubleday Press.  He then served in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged in 1957.

After his military service, Ernest moved to Washington, DC where he met the love of his life, Miss Nelba Mathis.  They married in 1958.  God blessed this union with three daughters and one granddaughter.

Having settled in Washington, Ernest worked for a time at the O Street Market. He was also an employee of the A&P Tea and Coffee Company where he worked as a machine operator, retiring after 40 years of service.

After retirement, he reconnected with Finley High School through the Finley High Alumni Association, serving as Sargent at Arms for the DC, MD, VA chapter as long as he was able.  He looked forward to the reunion banquets and generously supported the Finley High Scholarship Fund. He also enjoyed spending his now “free” time with family and friends, especially large family gatherings where he would share his life stories and lessons he’d learned.  An avid sports fan, he rooted for the home teams and was very happy to see Major League Baseball return to DC even though his favorite team was the Brooklyn Dodgers.

In all things, Ernest McClenon put his trust in God and encouraged others to do the same.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Jessie McClenon Neal and his stepfather, Charlie Neal. 

He leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife of 56 years, Nelba Mathis McClenon, daughters Cassandra McClenon, Patricia Ann McClenon, Anita Ernell McClenon; granddaughter Ashley Ernell McClenon; cousins Beatrice Chisholm, John R. Chisholm, Jr., Thomas Chisholm, Carolyn Chisholm and Charles Chisholm; his sisters-in-law Helen Smith and Edith Mathis, his honorary brother Ernest Gasden and a host of beloved nieces, nephews, and friends.

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I thank God for the life that we shared.  Your love will remain in my heart forever and always.

 

Your Loving Wife,

Nelba




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Michigan Park Christian Church

1600 Taylor Street NE
Washington, DC 20017
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Michigan Park Christian Church

1600 Taylor Street NE
Washington, DC 20017
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Lincoln Memorial Cemetery

4001 Suitland Road
Suitland, MD 20746
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