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Stanley Maclin, Sr.

December 27, 1953January 11, 2021

Stanley Maclin Sr., 67 of Harrisonburg, Virginia went home to be with the Lord on January 11, 2021. Stanley Maclin Sr. was born December 27, 1953 to the union of Alex Maclin Sr. and Bertha Mae Carter in Peoria, Illinois where he lived in the city, but spent summers at his family farm. Stan accepted the Lord at a young age, and he was called to the ministry at 18 under the leadership of Bishop Joseph Johnson Sr. at Star of Hope Full Gospel Baptist Church located in Peoria, Illinois. Stan Maclin married his high school sweetheart Diana Johnson whom he loved and cherished dearly for 48 years; he affectionately called her his Palace Queen. He graduated from Eastern Mennonite Seminary. He was the Senior Pastor at Joy Fellowship Mennonite Church in Peoria, Illinois, before he accepted the Pastorate at Jubilee Christian Fellowship in Richmond, Virginia where he served as the Senior Pastor. He served as Bishop for the Hosanna Fellowship located in Harrisonburg, Virginia where the Pastor is Ernest Lindembi. Stan Maclin traveled nationally and internationally and did multiple service projects in Jamaica, West Indies and East and West Africa. For sixteen years, he served as the Executive Director of the Harrison Homes Interdenominational Mission, a ministry to Housing Projects in Illinois. In that ministry they taught life skills, job creation, fed the hungry, held back to school drives, passed out annual Thanksgiving baskets, had a food bank, clothes closet, helped families to renovate and purchase homes through sweat equity, to name a few of the many services offered to people. He also was the founder of Kids Community and Information Delivery Service, which taught life skills, and a love for Jesus, to its community. Several of the participants of Kids Community have grown up to become successful, Bankers, Entrepreneurs, Healthcare Professionals, Realtors, Teachers and Community Leaders. For twelve years, he served as National President of the African American Mennonite Association. He also served on many committees and boards that stood for social justice and change, he lived and breathed it with his whole being.

Stan Maclin was the Founder and President of the Harriet Tubman Cultural Center here in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Stan held yearly Harriet Tubman Day celebrations and honored people who were about community and peace. Stan Maclin was a Drum Major for Peace and Community, he founded People’s Equality Commission of the Shenandoah Valley (PECO), following one of the peace rallies held in Harrisonburg in the wake of George Floyd’s death. He hosted a series of meetings, some of which are still planned, so that the community members can get to know the officers who took the oath to protect and serve.

On February 12, 2013, Stan Maclin asked city council to name a street for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. On April 9th, 2013 a taskforce was appointed by the city to select a street to be named. On August 13, 2013, in agreement with an overwhelming show of support, City council voted to rename Cantrell Avenue to Martin Luther King Jr. Way.

He was preceded in death by his Father, Alex Maclin Sr., his Mother, Bertha Mae Carter, and two brothers, Alex Maclin Jr, of Peoria, Illinois and Ricky Maclin Sr. and sister in law, Janace Maclin of St. Louis, Missouri, and Mother in Law Jannie Johnson of Peoria, Illinois.

He leaves to cherish his legacy and loving memories, his Palace Queen Diana Maclin, of Rockingham, Virginia, his children, ShaRhonda (William) Trimiew Sr. of Rockingham, Virginia, Stanley (Shamra) Maclin Jr, of Peoria, Illinois, Enica (Theodore)Maclin Whitelow of Harrisonburg, Virginia, Emmanuel Maclin, Sr., of Harrisonburg, Virginia, Bertha Maclin of Rockingham, Virginia, Alexandria (Derek) Maclin Chaudhuri of Rockingham, Virginia. He also leaves to cherish his memories his grandchildren, William Trimiew Jr, Macio Maclin Tooley, Emmanuel Maclin Jr., Alexander Maclin, Xykia Maclin, Theodore Maclin Whitelow Jr., Zaianna Maclin, Anadia Maclin, TyRese Maclin Whitelow, Xavier Maclin Whitelow, Faith Chaudhuri, Emerald Chaudhuri, twins Serenity and Seven Maclin, and Zachariah Chaudhuri.

His Brothers will forever cherish his memories as well, Robert (Elivita) Patton of Harrisonburg, Virginia, Kenneth (Crystal) Maclin of Peoria, Illinois, Steven (Gloria) Maclin of Charleston, South Carolina, Philip (Chrystal) Maclin of Peoria, Illinois, and one sister Lisa Maclin of Peoria, Illinois, sister in law Deborah Maclin of Peoria, Illinois, and sister in law Danice Maclin of Peoria, Illinois.

He also leaves to cherish his memories from his Palace Queens side several sisters and brothers in laws, Ruben (Norma) Johnson, Willie (Karen) Johnson, Ruthie Johnson, and Dorothy Jean Johnson, all of Peoria, Illinois, Thomas (DeEtta) Johnson, of Haywood, California, Marsha (Darrell) Sprattling, Lou Johnson both of Peoria, Illinois, Lavada Johnson, of Louisville, Texas and the late Vera Parker, the late Jesse Johnson and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins from both sides of the family whom he loved dearly. He also was a person who had numerous friends and if you had the honor and privilege to know him in that regards, we know that you also will cherish his memories. The Maclin Family would like to give a special thanks to the Medical Staff at the Davita Harrisonburg Dialysis Center, as well as Shenandoah Nephrology Dr. Terry L. Overby, Dr. Andrew Waligora, Constance N. Wenger, PA-C, Sentara Nephrology Specialist Dr. Rodney S. Arthur, and Sentara East Rockingham Health Center Arthur F. Strunk, NP-C. We would also like to extend a special thanks to Nurses, Cathy Campbell, Cathy Roush, Katrina Davis, Joann Ryan, and Dietician Jennifer Parker and many others.

The services will be held Saturday, January 23, 2021 at the Immanuel Mennonite Church located at 400 Kelly Street, Harrisonburg, Virginia with his Pastor, Pastor Basil Marin, Sr. of New Song Anabaptist Fellowship officiating and the eulogy done by Minister Marvin Roane.

Public visitation and viewing will be from 9:30 am-11:30 am, and a private service for family and friends to follow. At 1:00pm, a public drum processional celebration from the church to the Newtown Cemetery will be held as we march to gather for the graveside interment.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Harriet Tubman Culture Center, P. O. Box 214, Harrisonburg, VA 22803.

Lindsey Funeral Home in Harrisonburg is handling arrangements and condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.lindseyharrisonburg.com.


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    Saturday, January 23, 2021


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Carl Stauffer

February 11, 2021

Rev. Stan was a great warrior for justice and a hero in the faith! Pastor Maclin's passing has left a void in our hearts and a hole in the work of social justice. We will remember Rev Stan Maclin for his boundless energy, his entrepreneurial spirit, and his deep passion for a just world. As a community organizer, Pastor Stan was tireless in his pursuit of justice - his passion for God and other people was unrelenting. Brother Stan was a man of vision - he always knew he could change the world. Indeed, wherever he put his head, hands and heart to work we saw transformation. From Peoria to Richmond, from West Africa to Harrisonburg - Rev Stan Maclin will be sorely missed by all who knew him. I count it a great privilege to have tracked with my Brother Stan since 1991 and I can only trust that we who had the joy of working with him will have the grace to carry on a portion of his legacy. My thoughts and prayers remain with the Maclin family in this difficult time of loss. May God's overflowing comfort and hope abide with you in this season of remembrance.

Zeinab Hassouna

February 1, 2021

Stan's passing is a big loss to our community . Please accept our heartfelt condolences.
Respectfully, Zeinab Hassouna and family

Eulander Summerville

January 28, 2021

Diane and family, my heartfelt condolences and prayers are with you regarding Stan’s Heavenly Birth/Promotion to Glory. May the peace of God perpetually bring you comfort and strength, because we know that one day you will be reunite in Heaven.
Much Agape,
Eulander and Family

Isabel Castillo

January 27, 2021

I'm so very sorry for your loss. Stan will be missed deeply. He was such a champion for social justice issues and was a passionate leader with Virginia Organizing for many years.

Dr. Michael Maclin

January 25, 2021

I truly understand that no words I write or say will be a true reflection of this giant of a man Stan Maclin Sr. Uncle Stan mission in life was truly summed up by the quote, "Either you perpetuate Inequity or Interrupt it" Rather than operate with “colorblind” institutional preferences which can actually lead to increased racial bias by majority-group members and decreased engagement of minority-group members.
Uncle Stan envisioned collaboration to acknowledge, accept, and celebrate multiculturalism by diversifying leaders, ingraining the value of diversity within missions, and valuing interdependence in all walks of life. Uncle Stan truly understood that as long as the oppressor oppresses the oppressed, equity will be a distant image. With hearts heavy and tears in my eyes, I say I love you and thank you, Uncle Stan, for sixty-seven years.

Nancy Ruthetford Gayles

January 24, 2021

The family of Stanley Maclin please accept my deepest condolences . Words could never express comfort in these situations but We know a God who is all comfort and will never leave your side. This family and ours go way back from the old neighborhood as children and knowing Mother Maclin who we also loved dearly and miss. Stay with Jesus family he is the only one who can bare your hurt.

Andrew Jowers

January 22, 2021

To the Family of Pastor Stanley Maclin Sr.,

We the members of the Greater Heights Worship Center of Galesburg, Illinois send our deepest condolences to the Maclin Family at the passing of your loved one. You are in our thoughts and prayers. We want you to know that the Maclin Family will always loom large in our hearts. I was blessed and honored to serve under Pastor Stan as a Deacon in 1980 and celebrate those memories as a priceless treasure. Galesburg, IL was just one of Pastor Stan's outreach efforts in 1980. Praise God for his passion for souls. My wife and I have taken the mantle that Pastor Stan helped to inspired.
Psalm 138:7 "Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou will revive me:" There is a phrase coined by our Bishop Joseph H. Johnson that, "Once a Star Hoper, always a Star Hoper." Please receive this word of encouragement as well, "Live for Jesus dear Christian may he guide you always."

Humbly Submitted,
Pastor Andrew Jowers

Gordon Zook

January 22, 2021

I have warm memories of Brother Stan, beginning with our shared years as pastoral leaders in the Warwick District of the Virginia Mennonite Conference (including Richmond and Newport News). In particular, I recall our common installation as Bishop/Overseers in 1995. More recently, both of us found our way to Harrisonburg where I treasured occasions for being together. My warmest condolences to his family.

Karen Thomas

January 21, 2021

Diane and Family, my deepest sympathies to you all, We were so saddened to hear of Stan's passing, Stan will be sorely missed, he was a good listener and friend to many, We are thinking of you and praying you have the peace and comfort that only God can give at this difficult time.

God Bless You All,

Harvey Yoder

January 21, 2021

Stan was a tireless prophet for justice in our community, and will be greatly missed.