A busy life came to a close on Friday, September 11th, 2015 when Pastor Earnest McClure was called to his heavenly home.
Pastor Earnest McClure was born on June 27, 1930 in Wetumka, Oklahoma to Melton and Malara (Daniels) McClure. He was raised and received his education in Wetumka, graduating from Wetumka High School in 1947. In his younger years, Pastor McClure worked various jobs in the Wichita area to include, Cudahy Packing, bus driver for the Wichita schools, the Wichita Children’s Home, construction for military installations, and he had been employed by various other organizations.
He was married and to that union a daughter, Norma Kay, was born. Pastor McClure started preaching in 1954 and was ordained by W.C. Thomas of Tabernacle Baptist Church in 1973. For the next three years, before coming to Winfield, KS, he was a supply preacher in 10 different churches in the Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arizona. He was called to pastor at Second Baptist Church in 1976.
Pastor McClure proudly served his country in the United States Army as a Medic from September 30, 1955 to September 27, 1957.
He has been a loyal supporter of the Winfield Ministerial Association, the association’s Lenten breakfasts at First Presbyterian Church and it’s summer services at Memorial Park. He has also been vice president of the Crop Walk and for 14 years has been pastoral counsel for the Kansas Southwest District of the National Baptist Convention. He was also a member of the Brotherhood Quartet of Wichita, KS. Pastor McClure has been a tremendous supporter of not only local congregations, but of many across Kansas and Oklahoma. He never refused to help any worthy cause and would always put the church first.
Pastor McClure’s family includes Tracy and Teresa Dial. He was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter, Norma Kay Dial, and his sister, Thelma McClure.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, September 19, 2015 at Miles Funeral Home in Winfield, KS. Military graveside committal honors will be held on Monday, September 21, 2015 at the Kansas Veterans Cemetery in Winfield. A visitation will be held on Friday, September 18, 2015 at Miles Funeral Home from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M.
A memorial has been established in Pastor McClure’s name for the Second Baptist Church. Contributions may be made through the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made at www.milesfuneralservice.com.
Take Up His Cross
Second Baptist Church of Winfield KS – “Take Up His Cross” – Sunday September 6th 2015 – Pastor Earnest McClure reminds us that was must put Jesus first in our lives. Matthew 16 tells us, “Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.” Scripture take from Matthew 16:24-26.