Ernest Appleton McLean Jr.

December 14, 1925January 5, 2021

Ernest A McLean, age 95, of Alabaster went to meet his heavenly Father on Tuesday, January 5, 2021. He was a active member of Westwood Baptist Church in Alabaster, a former member of Green Acres Baptist Church in Birmingham. Ernest actively served Gideons International Shelby County West Campus. He was a member of a Gospel Quartet, The Evangeliers. He retired from Gulf Life Insurance after earning many awards and trips around the world. He grew up in Chilton County as one of 14 children to Ernest A and Ethel DeRamus McLean, all of which pre-deceased. He is also pre-deceased by his wife, Dorothy Davis McLean, his second wife, Mildred McLean, son-in-law Donnie Kennedy along with many nieces and nephews. He is survived by his Son, Sonny McLean (Deborah); daughters, Brenda Gafnea (Robert) and Lynne Kennedy; grandchildren, Ray Cooke, Amy Coffey (Scott), Adam McLean (Crystal), Kyle Kennedy (Julie), Alison Cantley (Ryan); great-grandchildren, Nicholas and Lauren Coffey, Lainey and Ashlyn McLean, Kylie, Kadyn, Khloe and Judson Kennedy, Elijah, Vivian, Jozef and Scarlett Cantley and many loving nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be at 10 AM on January 11, 2021 at Elmwood Chapel, followed by funeral services at 11 AM. Please consider donations to the Gideons International or to Westwood Baptist Church in Alabaster.


  • Visitation

    Monday, January 11, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, January 11, 2021


Ernest Appleton McLean Jr.

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Homer & Sarah Smitherman

January 10, 2021

We are so very sorry to hear about your Dad. We have gone to Church with him for many years. It was a joy to know him. He always had a smile and hug. A truly dedicated Christian. He will be missed. May God comfort you all with precious memories. In our prayers .

viria and butch riek

January 10, 2021

We first met Mr, Ernest at Westwood after being asked to serve on the benevolence committee with him and his wife. We had fun unwrapping and sorting all of the White Christmas for needy families . Later we went into missions and were gone for about 20 years but when we came home to Westwood we never saw him that he didn't have a hug for me, He will be missed by everyone.

Cassi Lusco

January 10, 2021

Lynne I am so saddened to hear of your dad’s passing. We have enjoyed him for many years at Westwood. He always had a smile and a hug ready for me 😊 prayers for you and the family during this time. You knew me as Cassi Tennyson at AmSouth.

Tammy Mclean

January 9, 2021

Uncle Ernest was the kindest, sweetest man, he is a special person to me and always will be, Love and prayers♥️♥️ Tammy

Don Leo

January 7, 2021

"You showed us what honor, respect, fun and friendship truly is between a father and a Son. My prayer is that you find great comfort in knowing you loved and were loved. Our deepest sympathy to you and Debra and your entire family."