Mrs. Mable Fannie Bethea McLean was born to Mrs. Carrie Bethea Floyd on March 24, 1924 in Wakulla, NC. She was one of eight children. Our mother, grandmother, and great grandmother provided inspiration and motivation to so many during her 96 years. We are amazed at the impact she had on us and on all she met. How do you measure the impact when it comes from love? She loved her family beyond measure. She loved her church without a doubt, and she loved her community. Her love could be felt as small gestures: the touch of her hand while she talked to you; a warm, loving hug when we departed a family gathering, the great sense of humor. Or even greater gestures: great advice and thoughtful words coming forth as a social worker, church member, or member of the community. She walked in love, believed in the teachings of Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior, and made sure that her children, their children, and many Sunday School students knew his teachings as well. For that reason, we know she is dancing with angels in heaven right now. Her impact is immeasurable in our eyes.
Our Matriarch not only raised a family in Red Springs (she had 5 children; 2 deceased), she also owned a business with her husband, James McLean (deceased), worked for Social Services as a Social Worker and dedicated many faithful years to her church home, Jones Chapel Missionary Baptist Church. There, she served in many esteemed roles: Sunday School teacher, President of the Missionary Department and President and member of the Senior Choir. She was far from a “benchwarmer”, as she would call it. Her mantra was, “You have to do more than just join the church, you have to be involved!”
We love her and will miss her but have peace in knowing that her 96 years were fruitful. She was married to James McLean for close to 45 years before his untimely death in 1989. She raised four successful children: two daughters, Mrs. Carrie Monroe (deceased; m. Mr. Carl Monroe), and Mrs. Queen McLean-Brown (m. Dr. Ronald H. Brown), two sons, Mr. James McLean (m. Mrs. Val McLean), and Dr. Edward McLean (m. Dr. Marsha McLean). She also raised her two eldest grandchildren who proudly called her Mama: Mr. Timothy Pittman (m. Mrs. Angela Pittman) and Mrs. Leslie McPhaul (m. Mr. Martell McPhaul). She had a hand in raising, through her loving impact, all her other grandchildren and great grandchildren. What a wonderful legacy she leaves behind. We shed tears of sorrow for our physical loss here on earth and tears of joy for our knowing that she is an angel watching over all of us as we continue our walk together as a family in love.
In the sunset years of our Matriarch’s life, she was so fortunate to have the loving and tender care of Mrs. Shirley Stewart, Mrs. Shirley Cobb, Mrs. Lois Leonard, and the staff of Litchford Falls in Raleigh, NC. Thank you so very much.
In lieu of flowers, we request that you honor our Matriarch’s memory with a donation to Jones Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, 307 Phillips Avenue, Red Springs, NC 28377. The Pastor is Rev. C. Edmonds. If you wish to leave us a message or your condolences, please visit Heritage Funeral Home’s Website. We would love to hear from you. We will carry on your legacy, Mrs. Mable Fannie Bethea McLean! With love, McLean Family
Private Graveside Services will be Live Streamed via facebook.
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