He was a chief petty officer in the U.S. Navy, in which he served three tours of duty during the Vietnam War. He later served as a Navy recruiter in several U.S. cities.
He was of the Church of God faith.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents: the Rev. Lloyd and Mildred Jones and Lee and Daisy McClure.
Survivors include his wife, Patti Penney McClure, of Knoxville; parents, Joe Sr. and Frieda McClure of Cleveland; children: Rananah Chastain and husband, Jason, of Cleveland, Joshua McClure of Cleveland and Zachary McClure and wife, Stacy, of Fort Myers, Fla.; stepchildren: Holli Case, Ian Baxter and Garrett Baxter all of Knoxville; grandchildren: Kayla Chastain, Abigail Chastain and Clayton Chastain; stepgrandchildren: Shawn Case, Jessica Case, Lydia Baxter, Daphne Baxter and Skylar Baxter; brother, the Rev. Mitch McClure and wife, Sherrie, of Hixson; niece, Sara McClure and nephew, Jonathan McClure and wife, Rachel.
The funeral will be conducted at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, in the chapel of Fike Funeral Home with the Rev. Mitch McClure officiating. Inurnment will be held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, in Chattanooga National Cemetery with military honors. The service will conclude with a white dove release ceremony.
His family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, at the funeral home prior to the service.
The family suggests that memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville FL 32256.
We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the McClure family guestbook at www.fikefh.com.