OBITUARY

Joseph "Joe" Daniel McCain

August 16, 1939September 11, 2020
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Joseph Daniel McCain, 81, passed away Friday, September 11, 2020. He was born in Birmingham, Alabama on August 16, 1939 and lived in the Birmingham area most of his life.

A 1957 graduate of Ensley High School, Joe earned his Bachelor of Science Degree with Highest Honors at Birmingham Southern College before studying Astronomy at the University of Arizona, Phoenix. His entire professional career was in Environmental Sciences with the Southern Research Institute, Birmingham. Please visit www.researchgate.net/scientific-contributions/J-D-McCain-2008197224 for more information.

Joe was a member of the National Audubon Society and the Sierra Club, and served as an instructor of Astronomy at University of Alabama, Birmingham. He was an avid bicyclist who rode his bike to and from work for over 10 years, and was an avid reader.

Joe was predeceased by his parents, Ann Hardin McCain and Marvin D. McCain, and his sister, Margaret Money.

Survivors include Joe's wife of 50 years, Dottye McCain; two sons, Joseph Martin McCain and Brinnon Searcy (Kimberly); one daughter, Dana Brown; grandchildren, Andrew Brooks (Rebecca), Taylor Brown, Ryan Searcy, Renee Searcy Miser (Cody), Sherrie Ann Clark, Casey Clark, and Josh Moncrief (Tara); 10 great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Larry Money; nephews, Frank Ray and Daniel Ray; and great-nieces, great-nephews, and other relatives.

The family will greet friends from 12 noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, September 17, 2020 at Ridout's Southern Heritage Funeral Home in Pelham, AL, immediately followed by a Service of Remembrance for Joe McCain at 1 p.m. at the funeral home's chapel. Burial will be at Southern Heritage Cemetery, Pelham.

Please visit Joseph Daniel McCain's special memorial page at www.SouthernHeritageFunerals.com to share your written tributes with the family.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation

    Thursday, September 17, 2020

  • A Service of Remembrance for Joe McCain

    Thursday, September 17, 2020

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Interment

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Lynda Martin

September 19, 2020

Dear Joe, you were such a calm and steady presence when you came into our family. Thank you for your fierce intellect, quirkiness and quiet demeanor. Sweet journey to you!

Kenneth Cushing

September 16, 2020

I had the privilege of working with Joe for many years at Southern Research. It began on my first day of work, September 15, 1972, when Joe and several other Institute engineers picked me up from my parent’s house and took me to TVA’s Bull Run Electric Generating Plant near Oak Ridge, Tennessee. We conducted ultrafine particle size distribution tests on an electrostatic precipitator for a week. I was able to continue to learn from Joe over the next few years as I went on many other field tests with him. Eventually, I was able to plan, organize and conduct field test programs myself thanks to the knowledge and experience I gained working with him.. Joe was a pleasure to work with. He was smart and was willing to pass on his knowledge to myself and many others I worked with at SRI. I am sure that his family is very proud of Joe and his accomplishments. He will be greatly missed by those he knew and influenced at Southern Research.

John Gooch

September 15, 2020

A Memory for Joseph D. McCain

I had the privilege of working with Joe for many years at Southern Research Institute. He was a nationally recognized expert in the development of sampling methods for harmful small particle emissions from industrial sources. He authored several technical publications that improved the measurement accuracy for small particles that originate from combustion. In addition, he contributed to development of measurement methods for quantifying harmful gaseous emissions that will condense under atmospheric conditions and form hazardous ultrafine particles.

He was a brilliant and dedicated scientist who was a joy to work with and who was eager to share his expertise. He will be greatly missed.

Jack Goertz

September 15, 2020

Rest in Peace, Joe! Our memories of riding biccyles with you "back in the day" are of some happy times. We'll be riding together again, someday. And all the roads will be downhill, with a tailwind, no dogs, and no cars!

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Baby Christmas photo 1940

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Graduation 1961

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July 4 fireworks in SRI parking lot 1991

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Lilli n Joe (Santa)

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Baby Christmas photo 1940

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Graduation 1961

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July 4 fireworks in SRI parking lot 1991

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Lilli n Joe (Santa)

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Christmas

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Joe in FL @ moms

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Airplane model w Joseph

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Helping Joseph w suit jacket

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