Billy and Rhonda, Eva Ann and Clay McLean
Once you request the services of McLean Funeral Directors, we will immediately put our experienced funeral professionals to work for you. A single, dedicated individual will stay in contact with you every step of the way and guide you through the decision-making process. He or she will carefully explain your options, make recommendations at your request, take care of all the small details, and ensure that you and your family’s personal touch is always present.
Eva Ann Orr McLean
Eva Ann was raised in Buncombe County and after graduating from Columbia College with a BS in Home Economics, came to Gastonia in 1961. She was therapeutic dietician at Gaston Memorial Hospital and taught for many years in the Gaston Memorial School of Nursing. She has worked with Meals on Wheels, Cardiac Rehabilitation, and Hospice as a nutritional consultant. She married William Jacob McLean, Jr. in 1962 and is mother of Bill, III, Jamie and Clay and grandmother to three beautiful granddaughters.
Eva Ann has been very involved in the community, serving as president of the Women of the Church at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, president of the Junior League of Gaston County, on the board of directors of the Schiele Museum for eleven years, on the board of Cancer Services of Gaston County, and was appointed by the governor to the North Carolina Cemetery Commission, where she served for eight years.
She is a member of the Rotary Club of Gastonia , has served on the Board of Directors, and is a Paul Harris Fellow. She is president and CEO of Evergreen—A Quiet Place.
Eva Ann feels that women are a valuable asset in funeral service, and that compassion and understanding are key attributes of a funeral professional. “It is truly rewarding to help people through one of the worst times in their lives.”
Following the death of Bill McLean in 1997, Eva Ann married Joel Kendrick in 2002. She enjoys reading, needlework, and time in the North Carolina mountains.
William McLean III
• Gaston County Native, son of William J. McLean, Jr. and Eva Ann Orr McLean
• Educated in Gaston County Schools, attended Christ School in Arden, NC; and Graduated from Gaston Day School, serving as Senior Class President
• Graduate of Xavier University – Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, serving as Class President, degree in Mortuary Science
• Employed with McLean & Son, Inc, since 1983 and now serves as President and CEO D/B/A McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia and Belmont
• Funeral Service licensee since 1986, State of North and South Carolina, Licensed life, accident, and health license in North Carolina, President of McLean & Son PreNeed Funeral Plan, Inc. A full service insurance and financial services corporation
• Past Secretary, Treasurer, and President of Belmont Rotary Club 1992-1993, Paul Harris Fellow
• Current member of Rotary Club of Gastonia, serves on Board of Directors, Special Project Committee, and Past President 2007-2008, Rotary Foundation Bequest Society
• Hospice of Gaston County, Board Member, Executive Board Chairman, Capital Campaign Committee and Marketing Committee
• Former Gaston Lifesaving Crew Board Member, Secretary
• Salvation Army, Gastonia, NC, Advisory Council Board
• Member of A.F. & A.M. Masonic Lodge #627, Oasis Shrine, Gastonia York Rite Bodies
• 2006 Business Person of the Year “Ruby Award” Gaston Chamber of Commerce
• Member of Selected Independent Funeral Homes
• Member of the National Funeral Directors Association with a Certified Preplanning Consultant Designation
• Past President of Lowell Elementary PTO, and former member Belmont Central Elementary PTO
• Current member of South Point High School PTO Booster Club
• Husband of 28 years to Rhonda Deal McLean, Vice President of McLean Funeral Directors
• Proud Father to Sarah Ann McLean (Levy) age 25 and Kathryn Orr McLean, age 21.
• Avid Outdoorsman, fly-fisherman, sport fisherman, and hunter. Member of Trout Unlimited, Ducks Unlimited Bronze Sponsor for over ten years, Local Chapter Chairman for three years, National Wild Turkey Federation Sponsor, and Charter Member of Quail Unlimited. Licensed U.S.C.G. Captain, owner of Fish-N-Trip Off-shore charter service.
• Active member of First Presbyterian Church of Belmont, Deacon, Assistant Treasurer, Member of Finance, Building and Renovation Committees
M. Clay McLean is the youngest son of W.J. “Bill” McLean, Jr. and Eva Ann Orr McLean. He was born and raised in Gastonia, and graduated from Ashbrook High School. Clay is also a graduate of Guilford College in Greensboro, NC where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science. After a few years of figuring out what he would do with his life, Clay decided in 1997 to attend John A. Gupton Mortuary School in Nashville, TN where he graduated second in his class.
In 2006, Clay married Jennifer Marie Craig of Thomasville. In 2011, they welcomed their daughter Rachel.
“I decided to join the family funeral business after working with my Dad for four and a half years. I saw the compassion that he gave to families in need and their appreciation to him in return. It grew an appreciation in me for all that my father had done for me and I saw how he had achieved that. These experiences with him showed me the importance of being of service to your community and taught me that it is what I also wanted to do.”
Clay is active in the Belmont Rotary Club and is a past-president and a Paul Harris Fellow. He serves on the Board of Directors of Holy Angels and is a past board member of The Little Theater of Gastonia where he still enjoys performing on the stage. He enjoys percussion, golf, fishing, and anything outdoors.
Chaplain John H. Stanley
John Stanley is Chaplain of McLean Funeral Directors and he is Pastor, Robinson Memorial Presbyterian Church, and Minister--Visitation, First Presbyterian. He is a graduate of the School of the Laity/ Commissioned Lay Pastor Course, Presbytery of Western North Carolina. He also completed the Academy of Reformed Theology and Parish Leadership Course at Union/Presbyterian School of Christian Education. His prior education was obtained at Norman College, Norman Park, Georgia and the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. He is a member of the North Carolina Chaplain’s Association.
Following the death of their 16-year old daughter, John and Rose established the Southern Piedmont Chapter of the Compassionate Friends, a nationwide support group for bereaved families. Active and involved in community life, John is a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow and a past president of Gastonia East Rotary Club. Also, he is past chairman of the Gaston Chamber of Commerce; past master of Gastonia Masonic Lodge, and he is past potentate (Chief Executive Officer) of Oasis Shriners, Charlotte. John has served on the boards of directors of the Gaston County Economic Development (EDC) Commission, and Gaston Skills, and the Cabinet of the Gaston United Way. He was named the Civitan Citizen of the Year in 2004.
A second career pastor, John was Director of Commercial Marketing, Public Service Company of NC, a natural gas distribution company. Immediately prior to responding to God’s call to full time ministry, he was Director of External Relations of PSNC Energy, a SCANA Company, a successor to Public Service Company.
Lindsay M. Lockett
Lindsay is a native of Gastonia, and a graduate of Western Carolina University with a BSBA in Marketing. Lindsay became a NC licensed funeral director in 2001 and received her CPC (Certified Preneed Consultant) designation from the National Funeral Directors Association in 2003. She has worked with McLean Funeral Directors since 1999 and she enjoys assisting families with their prearrangement needs. Lindsay is a member of First United Methodist Church in Gastonia and is currently serving as President of the Gastonia East Rotary Club.
Lindsay says, “Helping people with their prearrangement needs is my passion. It’s so valuable and meaningful for your loved ones and it’s so easy to do! In addition to planning Wills and Estate Planning, more and more people are putting Prearrangements on their “checklist” of items to do."
Bill a resident of Gastonia, graduated from Kings Mountain High School, attended Oregan State University and after an enlistment in the U.S. Navy attended Cleveland Technical College in Shelby, N.C., received his funeral directors license in 1975, graduated from Gupton Jones College of Mortuary Science in Atlanta, Ga. in 1981 and converted his funeral directors and embalmers license into a funeral service license in 1982. He has been a member of the North Carolina Funeral Directors Association for several years.
Bill has been active in the Gaston community serving with various organizations such as the Jaycees, AM Optimist, Boy Scouts of America at local and district levels, Rotary, Masonic Orders, Hospice and Pop Warner Football. He and his wife were active in various activities in schools their children attended. Gardner Park Elementary, Holbrook Middle School, Gaston Christian Academy, Grier Middle School and Ashbrook High School.
At the present time Bill is active with the Lowell Masonic Lodge #590 in Lowell, Oasis Shriners, Scottish Rite Valley of Charlotte, Knights of St. Andrew, Gaston County Shrine Club and the antique fire truck unit of the Oasis Shrine, Oasis Wagoneers.
Bill and his wife Deanna were married in 1968 and have two children and six grandchildren. He is an avid Carolinas Panther fan and enjoys trying his skills at the frustrating game of golf.
"My interest in funeral service started in 1969 at the death of my grandmother. We were lost, we did not know what to do. The funeral director that served our family realized we were lost and took his time and helped us through a very difficult time."
"I remember thinking, it must be a very rewarding career to help someone in a situation that they don’t want to be in and have no idea what to do."
"To this day I still feel the same way."
Jeff is a managing funeral director and has been with the McLean family since January 2007. A Raleigh, NC native, he is a graduate of Gupton-Jones College and the National Foundation of Funeral Service School of Management. He is also a Past President of the North Carolina Funeral Directors Association in addition to, a member of the Gaston Breakfast Rotary Club where he serves as an officer.
His hobbies include hiking, cooking and traveling. He is an avid SEC football fan, a hockey fan, especially of the Carolina Hurricanes, and a member of the Professional Car Society, which is dedicated to the restoration and preservation of vintage hearses, limousines and ambulances. Jeff is married to the Rev. Dr. Joan Martin who is chaplain at Covenant Village in Gastonia
“People need to grieve the death of someone they love and cared for. They should also celebrate that person’s life as well. Creating the venue and allowing folks to achieve their wishes brings me great personal satisfaction.”
Don Long is a life-long resident of Gastonia and graduate of Ashbrook High School and the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. He attends Bethesda United Methodist Church with his wife of 35 years, Nettie Gilreath Long. He enjoys fishing, golf and antiquing.
Don has been in Funeral Service for over thirty years and feels it is a small way of giving back to God and the families he serves.
“From day one my mentors and teachers who have put me on track include Rosell Grissom, Reid Crawford, Bill McLean, Jr., Bill McLean Sr., and Bill Ward. They molded me into the Funeral Service Professional I am today. I’m thankful for McLeans and the opportunity I’ve been given to serve families the way they should be served. Taking care of all their needs as if they were my own family.”
Rhonda Deal McLean, born and raised in Gaston County and currently resides in Belmont. Daughter of Helen Sullivan and Jerry Deal.
Graduated from Ashbrook High School and Central Piedmont Community College. Married William J. McLean, III in 1986 and mother of Sarah Ann (Sarah McLean Levy) and Kathryn “Katy” O. McLean.
Became a licensed funeral director in 1988 and is also a licensed insurance agent. Received the designation of Certified Pre Planning Consultant in 2003.
Current Sustaining Member and Past President of the Junior League of Gaston County. Member of the Gastonia Debutante Club. Past board member of the Heart Society of Gaston County, where served as chairman of The Heart Ball. Past President of PTA at Lowell Elementary and also South Point High School. Currently serving third term as a Member of the Board of Trustees at Gaston College. Board member of Gaston College Foundation. A Paul Harris Fellow recipient.
Hobbies include tennis, boating, walking and shopping with daughters. Also enjoys Red Raider and Appalachian State Football and watching Katy O. play soccer and tennis.
Joined McLean’s in 2006 as a funeral director and went on to become the Manager of our Belmont location. "Serving families is an honor and a privilege and I take it very seriously. I'm doing what I've been called to do...I simply help people." And he's very good at it. He was voted "Professional of the Year" by his peers in 2009 and focuses on providing McLean's families with the best service and professionalism possible. He has been duly licensed as a Funeral Director and Embalmer for fifteen years, is experienced in business management, a member of the National Conference, the National Funeral Directors Association and is an active SPHS Booster Club Member. He lives in Belmont with his wife of 29 years, Ruth and has three sons.
Cynthia "Deedy" Barbee
Deedy is a lifelong resident of Gaston County. She is a graduate of Fayetteville Tech and Gaston College and a member of Sharon Freewill Baptist Church. She has one daughter and two granddaughters -which she just adores- and enjoys spending time with her parents. Her hobbies are reading, traveling, photography, water sports, camping and spoiling her German Shepherd, Diamond.
Deedy has been with McLean's since October of 1998.
"I want to take the burdens and concerns away from the families I serve and carry the burdens myself. It is such a wonderful feeling of accomplishment when you serve a family and after the funeral they thank you for making such a difficult time much easier, that is my reward. It is an honor to serve a family knowing they put their trust and confidence in us. We serve all families the same; with compassion and dignity just as if they were our own family, that's the McLean way, always going that extra mile. I have a personal relationship with each family I serve. Funeral service is both personal and professional."
Ann Brunson Horton
Ann was born in Columbia, South Carolina and raised in Kershaw, South Carolina. She moved to Lancaster more than 20 years ago and became a Licensed Funeral Director while working with the Mahaffey Funeral Home under the leadership of James and Ralph Mahaffey. She continues her tenure as a South Carolina Funeral Director with McLean Funeral Directors - Mahaffey Chapel.
When asked about her service as a funeral director she says "The funeral home is my little corner of the world that the Lord gave me to do His work. I am very blessed to be able to do His work by serving grieving families."
Ann is the wife of Ricky Horton and she is blessed with four children and one grandson. She is a member of Second Baptist Church and she enjoys gardening, spending time with her family and painting.
Teresa B. Morris
Teri Morris is the newest addition to the staff of McLean Funeral Directors - Mahaffey Chapel. She recently moved to the area to be closer to her family.
A graduate of Fayetteville Technical Community College, Teri is a Licensed Funeral Director in North Carolina and South Carolina. She began her career in Asheville, North Carolina more than twenty years ago. As funeral director to Billy Graham and his family, Teri assisted the family at the time of Ruth Graham's death in June of 2007, organizing funeral services in Montreat, North Carolina and burial services in Charlotte, North Carolina at the Billy Graham Library.
Teri moved to Charleston, South Carolina where she worked as a funeral director for more than six years and served in the Chaplain Intern Program at Bon Secours Roper St. Francis Hospital and became a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, The Grief Recovery Institute.
"I believe my ministry is in serving families who grieve the loss of their loved ones. I have walked throughout the journey of death and loss personally as I experienced my own loss and it allows me to compassionately care for those family members who are hurting. It is and honor to help others during this most intimate time of their lives."
Experienced in Military Funerals, and the mother of a young son who served in the U.S. Military before his own death in 2012, Teri has a heart for our Veterans both young and older. Sharing with families how their loved one can be honored for their military service allows for them to show and share their respect for the sacrifices their loved one has made for their country and our freedom.
The mother of three children and three grandchildren, Teri spends a great deal of her free time with her family and friends. In her quiet time she enjoys reading, cooking, working in the yard and resting both at the beach and the mountains. She is an Elder in the Presbyterian Church, a former Rotarian both in Asheville and Charleston, a former Foundation Board Member of UNCA- Asheville and Buncombe County Technical College. Teri has served on numerous other community, school and church boards in the past. As a new member in the Lancaster community, Teri looks forward to the opportunity to serve others.
Jessica W. Gleaton
Jessica was born in Sumter, South Carolina, has lived in Lancaster County her entire life and joined the staff of McLean Funeral Directors - Mahaffey Chapel in September of 2013. She oversees the day to day duties in the business office and works with families in filing of Life Insurance Policies, Pensions and Military Veteran Burial Benefits. She assists the funeral directors in assembling and processing the legal documents required when a death occurs and creating obituary tributes. Her compassion comes through in a quiet and patient manner as she helps families wade through details of insurance, probate and even creating Memorial Video Tributes. She is also a Notary Public for the funeral home and offers this service to our families at no charge.
"I have always had a heart for helping people. Working for McLean Funeral Directors - Mahaffey Chapel allows me the opportunity to help families during one of their most difficult times in life. I am so blessed to work for the McLean family because they believe in helping others also. It's about making sure that families are served with respect and helping them with closure."
As the Choir Director for Sherwood Baptist Church where she is also a member, Jessica is dedicated to bringing worship music to the life of the church. She can also be found working with the children in the life of the church.
Jessica is the mother of young daughter Anna. Jessica loves to sing, spends a great deal of time with her grandparents and family and loves watching Anna play softball.
Funeral Director's Assistant
Born and raised as a Lancaster native, William has lived in Lancaster County for 70 years. He has been married to his wife, Mary Ann Baker for 47 years. They have two daughters and six grandchildren who are his pride and joy. William is a member of Antioch Baptist Church and Shriners HeJaz Temple. He enjoys golf and fishing.
Before retirement, William worked for Springs Bleachery. He has been assisting with funerals for more than eight years and when asked about serving in the funeral business he simply says, "I enjoy meeting people and it's a blessing to be able to reach out to people in their time of sorrow and grief."
Funeral Director's Assistant
A native of Lancaster County, Randy is retired from Black River Electric Corp. He has been married to Gana M. Blackmon for 51 years and they are blessed with one son and two grandchildren. He is a member of Sherwood Baptist Church, The Lion's Club and all Masonic bodies. In his free time Randy enjoys fishing, golf, working on his farm and wood working alongside of his son.
Farrell "Buck" Broach
Funeral Director's Assistant
A native of Lancaster, Buck has been assisting with funerals for ten years. He is a member of Catawba Baptist Church and he enjoys gardening, golfing and fishing, and spending time with his family. Buck was married to Ann Dunn Broach for more than 59 years before her most recent death. They have a daughter, Marsha who lives with her husband Michael in Dallas, North Carolina. They also have a grandson, Mike.
"I enjoy working with the people and the loving and caring environment of McLean Funeral Directors - Mahaffey Chapel where they care for grieving families."
Chaplain, After Care Coordinator, Funeral Director's Assistant
Gerald moved from Union, South Carolina seven years ago to take the full time position as Pastor at Faith Baptist Church in Lancaster. Five years ago he joined the staff of Mahaffey Wilson Funeral Home and now continues his part time employment with McLean Funeral Director's - Mahaffey Chapel.
Gerald believes that "helping families in a difficult time of their lives, bringing dignity and concern in a professional and personal way, allows me to bring service as a church pastor to others in the community." As part of his Chaplain duties, Gerald also overseas the Aftercare Ministry of McLean's, compassionately reaching out to families for more than a year after the death of their loved one.
He has been married to Tammy Eaves for 36 years and they have two children, Shanna E. Cohen and David Eaves. they have two grandchildren and in his free time he likes to spend time with his family and enjoys hunting and fishing.
Reverend Bobby Joyner
Funeral Director's Assistant
Born in Chesterfield County, Reverend Bobby Joyner has been living in Lancaster for more than 30 years. Rev. Bobby is happily married to Audrey Sue Bradley Joyner for 56 years. They are blessed with three children and two grandchildren. Rev. Bobby was the pastor of Sardis Baptist Church in Saluda County before retiring. He is currently a member of High Point Baptist Church and he enjoys gardening and fishing.
Rev. Bobby has served in funeral service for 13 years and believes that it is a wonderful way to continue to serve grieving families outside of the church. "It gives me an opportunity to serve families and minister to them in their times of bereavement."
Funeral Director's Assistant
Born in Union County, Richard has lived in Lancaster for 62 years. Richard has been married to Sylvia Rape for 58 years. Their family includes three daughters, eight grandchildren, and one great granddaughter.
Richard worked for Drunn Manufacture in Pageland, South Carolina before retiring. He is a member of High Point Baptist Church, Monday Morning Prayer and Breakfast Group at First Presbyterian Church and he enjoys fishing, hunting, gardening, reading western books, spending time with friends, playing music, doing benefits to help out families with problems, leading the choir at church and spending time with his children and grandchildren.
Richard has worked the funeral service for 13 years. His quiet and respectful personality is a great comfort to the families that are served at McLean Funeral Directors - Mahaffey Chapel. He cares deeply for those who grieve. "Meeting people, serving and helping families when they need it most is a rewarding experience to be able to do this work."
Funeral Director's Assistant
Tom was born in Bladenboro, North Carolina. He moved to Lancaster 59 years ago and has been married to his wife Anne for 58 years. Together they have a son, Tom, who is a licensed South Carolina Funeral Director in Conway, South Carolina and a daughter, Betsy Spencer, four grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.
Tom retired from Bowater, Inc. and at the request of his son, Tom, started working part-time for Mahaffey Funeral Home over 20 years ago. He continues his tenure with McLean Funeral Director's - Mahaffey Chapel. Tom is devoted serving families and his responsibilities include assisting the funeral directors during visitations and funerals. You will also find Tom working behind the scenes at the funeral home, keeping the facility and grounds operating at peak performance by repairing and maintaining the building.
He and Ann are members of New Hope Baptist Church and he is a Mason. Tom enjoys photography, woodworking and cooking. When asked why he likes working in funeral service he replies "I like to help families bet closure at a very difficult time."