Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Funeral services for Leroy “Bowser” McClary, Sr., conducted by the Rev. Willie Bryant, were held Saturday, November 23, 2013, at Union Missionary Baptist Church of Salters. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at Rocky Ford Cemetery of Salters. Mr. McClary died Saturday, November 16, 2013, at DeKalb Medical Center of Atlanta, Georgia. He was born October 13, 1949, in Salters, the son of the late Dazell McClary and Lease Bryant. He was educated in the public schools of Williamsburg County and graduated with the class of 1968 from Williamsburg Training School of Greeleyville. He completed courses at Williamsburg Technical College of Kingstree for auto mechanic. He retired from Milliken as a machine mechanic supervisor after 32 years of service. Upon retiring, he opened his own business, McClary’s Tire and Lube. Leroy also dedicated 23 years of service to the Williamsburg County Volunteer Fire Department, where he was Captain of Station 8 (W8). He was also employed with Night Life Lounge in 1973 in various positions. In 1998, he became the Sunday Night Social Manager and held that position until 2008. He played with the Greeleyville Tucks and Kellyfield Baseball Teams, coaching the Salters Jets/Nightlife Softball Team, a member of the Friendship Motorcycle Club, co-founder of Unique Social Club and held the position of president until 2012, and member of the C.E. Murray Football Team Chain Crew. He was a member of Union Missionary Baptist Church, where he served as an Usher. He was Chairman of the Men’s Day Program, and Vice President of the Usher Board. Five siblings, Emma Jane Worthy, Sellerstine Smith, Dazell McClary, Jr., Elice McClary, and Joseph McClary, preceded him in death. Survivors are: his wife, Virage McClary of the home; four children, Melissa McClary and Lionel McClary (Pamela), both of Kingstree; and Leroy McClary, Jr. (Latoya) and Kayaunna McBride, both of Florence; one sister, Mattie Wilson (Roosevelt) of Stone Mountain, Georgia; one special niece raised as his sister, Gracie Kimbrough of Brooklyn, New York; two brothers, Franklin McClary and Felix McClary (Brenda) both of Brooklyn, New York; four grandchildren, Destiny Laurie, David JaLease Laurie, TyAyjah Darby, and NyZeer Darby, who he raised as his own, four additional grandchildren; and his Goddaughter, Bette’ Miller of Sacramento, California.