Ella Louise McClain “Iggy”

Ella Louise McClain (Iggy) departed this life April 11, 2020 at the Kindred Hospital, Green Cove Springs, FL.

She was born April 23, 1938 to Alonzo & Evelyn McClain in Hendersonville, North Carolina. She attended school in Asheville, North Carolina until the family moved to Gaffney, South Carolina. She graduated from Granard High School in 1955. She attended Friendship Jr. College in Rock Hill South Carolina.

Ella moved to New Haven, Connecticut and worked in Stamford for many years. She became well known for her gift for singing. Singing with gospel, Jazz and pop groups. She performed regularly in the 60’s at the Apollo theater in New York. After traveling extensively throughout the country, she returned to her home state of North Carolina and lived in the Raleigh-Wake Forest area. When her health was declining, she moved to Florida to be near her sisters. She was a nature lover, she loved the mountains, fishing, bird watching, and most of all, her family. She had a special love for her nieces and nephews and always boasted of their accomplishments.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Elizabeth William, Robert (Robby).

She is survived by Gladys Brown of Jacksonville, FL, Alonzo McClain Jr. (Evelyn) of Goldsboro, NC, Calle Atkins (William) of Fleming Island, FL and James E. McClain of Jacksonville, FL.

A memorial will be announced at a later date. Services are provided by Corey-Kerlin Funeral Homes and Crematory.  www.corey-kerlin.com

Courtesy of The Gilmore Mortuary