Wilson McClure Sr.

July 10, 1923January 3, 2013

Woodrow Wilson McClure was a man who touched lives. He believed that the blessings of life required one to serve others and he endeavored to loyally do so much of his life. He faithfully served his Country, his family, his church, his community, and the organizations that he loved dearly. Born July 10, 1923 in Ballground, GA to his parents, Dr. and Mrs. George McClure, Wilson attended Emory University as a pre-med student and then served as a medic in the Unites States Army in World War II. As a Sargent First Class his unit built and delivered temporary hospitals to the troops in the Pacific Islands. Upon returning from service, he graduated from The University of Georgia with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration and was a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity.Following college he returned to Atlanta where he made his home for the remainder of his life and met his wife of 61 years, Helen Stephens McClure. They had met previously in college and were re-acquainted when they were working in Downtown Atlanta. They were married at Saint Mark United Methodist Church on April 21, 1951. Professionally, Wilson spent his career in Commercial Real Estate. Under the Lyndon Johnson Administration he served as an Urban Renewal Manager for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and was responsible for the for the renewal efforts in the West End of Atlanta, Georgia for 22 years. Later, working with Harry Norman Realtors, he focused his expertise on the then rapidly expanding North Fulton County area and, as a broker, assembled for development much of what is the Peachtree Dunwoody corridor today. In 1990 he established his own company, McClure & Associates. He received innumerable awards for his accomplishments within the Real Estate Industry; including the 1984 Alvin B. Cates Award given by the Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors where he was also a lifetime member of the million dollar club. While Real Estate was his livelihood, his true passion came in the form of serving others. He served as Boy Scoutmaster of Troop 86 for more than 41 years where he was responsible for guiding close to 150 young men to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. Over those years he led excursions to untold places including Philmont Ranch in New Mexico and many National Jamborees around the Country and had hiked much of the Appalachian Trail. In addition to Troop 86, he spent a dozen years establishing secondary in-school troops (Boy and Girl Scouts) for special needs children and sharing the joys of Scouting with them. One of his favorite things to do was, working with Delta Airlines, to take many of such children on their first air flight – most often leaving from Atlanta and going to Charlotte, NC and back “home” but always landing with some wide eyes and indelible memories. Wilson always and sincerely held that the love that he received from these children, as well as simply seeing them succeed later in life, was one of life’s greatest rewards. For such service to youth, he earned the Chanel 11 Community Service Award and loved each moment and the lasting relationships he made. Wilson belonged to The Order of the Arrow, an honorary Society of the Boy Scouts of America and was awarded the Silver Beaver Award - the highest and most rarely granted award by the Boy Scouts of America - for Distinguished Service to Scouting and Youth. He was also a recipient of the Jefferson Award from the American Institute for Public Service.He was a proud and Charter Member of St. John United Methodist Church, which was also the home for his beloved Boy Scout Troop 86. He was the Head Usher there for more than 20 years and held many positions and board memberships throughout the decades. Wilson was a lifetime Usher and he fulfilled the definition of an usher in every sense of the word. As a student at Emory, he was an Usher at The Fabulous Fox Theatre and saw, from atop light pole, the opening night of Gone With The Wind. As a retiree, he and Helen served as Ushers for the Atlanta Symphony and Chastain Park Amphitheatre. Following retirement, he continued his Usher theme by becoming the Greeter at the Fountain Oaks Kroger. He made sure to make everyone feel welcome with his big smile, sparkly eyes, and always had a kiss for the ladies. He also formed, and came to love, a group of Seniors affectionately known as the “Liars and Loafers Club” that meets weekly today in Sandy Springs, GA. Having adopted it as his second home town in the late 1950’s, Wilson deeply loved and honored the land and history of Sandy Springs, GA. Seeing it become an independent City was a sincere pride and long term desire of his. He worked tirelessly for years and in many roles toward that goal and was greatly honored to be a recipient of the Sandy Springs Spirit Award. He was an active member of many different civic clubs and affiliations including : American Association of Office Management (AOMA), Buckhead 50 Club, an over 50 year Member of Kiwanis (Buckhead, Downtown, West End, and Sandy Springs chapters), Buckhead Business Association, the Roswell Rotary Club, and was a proud Captain of the Old Guard of the Gate Guard Battalion of Atlanta. Wilson also served on the Board of the Cerebral Palsy Society and Foundation and the Boys and Girls clubs of West End, Atlanta, GA and for many years was a Judge for the Miss Atlanta and Miss Georgia Pageants. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Helen Stephens McClure; sons Mark Stephens McClure and Woodrow (Woody) Wilson McClure, Jr.; a daughter in law Pamela Ducker McClure; a granddaughter Ashley McClure Miller and her husband, Chris Miller and a Great Grandson Davis Stephens Miller. He was preceded in death by his mother, Ms. Pearl Elliott; his father, Dr. George McClure; his step-father, Mr. Joseph Elliott; his brothers George and Robert McClure, a sister, Mary Emma McClure and his grandson, Mark Stephens McClure, Jr.The family will reverently receive family and friends on Sunday, January 6, 2013 at Sardis United Methodist Church, 3725 Powers Ferry Road, Atlanta GA 30342 from 6-8pm. Funeral Service will be Monday, January 7, 2013, at 11am at St. John United Methodist Church, 550 Mount Paran Road, Atlanta GA 30327 with Dr G. Gil Watson and The Reverend Brent Ward presiding. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to the Wilson McClure Memorial Fund for the benefit of (the restoration of) Sardis United Methodist Church; the second oldest United Methodist Church in Atlanta, Georgia and a church, and the heritage of which, he loved dearly.


  • Funeral Service Monday, January 7, 2013
  • Visitation Sunday, January 6, 2013
  • Burial Monday, January 7, 2013

Wilson McClure Sr.

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Debbie Reis

July 6, 2013

My Deepest Sympathies to the McClure family. We have lost another treasure in the Liberty-Guinn/Ridgeview family. I drive by the "home in the woods" on Lake Forrest several times a month (my sister still lives on Lake Forrest)and every time turn my head and look down there and think of your family. My prayers are with you all.

May 20, 2013

Helen and Woody,

I was so sad to hear of Wilson's passing, he was a special man in my life at church and with the scouts. I wish I had listened to him and finished my eagle. My youngest son remembered me talking about that dissapointment and he got his. It has been so long you may not remember me.

Steve Dodge, formerly married to Anne Greenleaf

Terry Topol-Deakins

January 27, 2013

Wilson was a Very special and Dear man-- So- enjoyed talking with him,when he would usher at Atl. Symphony--I am a bartender at the WAC & can never express All- that I learned from Wilson and how much I enjoyed his company and conversation! (also miss the sweet treats he'd bring us!=) My thoughts and prayers are with Helen and his Whole family-in his passing--May he Truly Rest in Peace--

David Bosshardt

January 19, 2013

Mrs McClure, Mark, Woody and family,

I was saddened to hear of Mr McClure s passing today. I am sorry that I did not know of it earlier to express my sympathy to you personally. Our families' relationships date way back and the memories of our intertwined past is vast. Being Mr McClule's tent mate on our Philmont adventure has always been a highlight of recollection. Watching him single handedly carry 25 Boy Scouts off in the yellow St John bus to camp out is a feat that will never be seen again. His assistance in getting my last Eagle requirements passed at the 11th hour has always been endearing and appreciated. I loved him dearly. Through our common bond of faith in Christ, we can look forward to a grand reunion, but for now please accept my sympathy.

Scott Butler

January 11, 2013

Dear Mrs. McClure and The Boys, I am so sorry to read of the passing. Growing up in Sandy Springs would not have been the same without Mr. McClure. His guidance and advice was always on target, I am thankful to him for the many words of wisdom I needed. God Bless Y'all I know he is with the lord, helping in any way he can, that's how he was, always helping! My Love and condolances, Scott Butler

Jason Cox

January 10, 2013

As an Eagle Scout at Troop 86, I owe so much of who I am today to the wisdom, guidance, leadership and friendship of the quintessential scoutmaster, Mr. McClure. He welcomed me from the first day at the old scout hut at St. John's and was like a second father to me as a scout. I have such fond memories of such a wonderful man and appreciate dearly his service to me and the other scouts and their families. He truly loved each boy and wanted all to succeed in life. I know that God will say job well done good and faithful servant. My heart goes out to the McClure family at this time.

January 10, 2013

Dear Helen McClure, and you were so dear to Wilson. I talked to him at Kroger for many years, and I know that you and I had a mutual friend in my dear friend Mary Carmichael. Wilson talked of his Helen so much, my heart and prayers go out to you. May God bless you !
Henrietta Wilson

Edith Young-Rhomberg

January 9, 2013

Helen, son Kevin informed me of Wilson's death. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I will always remember him as a person who enjoyed life to the fullest and the love he had for his Boy Scouts. He was truly a blessing to many people.
Edith Young-Rhomberg

Dalby Etheridge

January 9, 2013

Wilson so enjoyed life, and one of my most vivid memories of him is his standing ready in the narthex of St. John UMC to greet everyone who came through the door. With a twinkle in his eye and a smile on his face, he made all feel welcomed and special. Of course, if UGA had had a big win, he would pull open his jacket to reveal the lining with the UGA logo!

My condolences to you, Helen, and your family. Wilson was a dear man and the love of your life, and I rejoice in his homecoming with the Lord.

January 7, 2013

My prayers are with the McClure family during this difficult time.
Heather Harrison Amos