UPDATE: “Life is mostly froth and bubble. Two things stand like stone. Kindness in another’s struggles and courage in your own.”
And so was the life of our beloved Eric Wayne McClure, age 42, who passed away Sunday, May 2, swiftly and courageously into the waiting arms of his Lord and Savior, the Author and Finisher of his faith.
Eric is survived by his parents, Jerry and Sue McClure of Abingdon, his sister Emily Brandt and husband Robert and son Maddox of Davidson, North Carolina., and his fiancé Keira Tibbs and her two children.
He is also survived by the delights of his life, his seven precious princesses for whom he would have hung the moon and the stars; Mabreigh, Maryleigh, Mirabella, Merritt, Myanna, Meraline, and Melania.
Also, left to cherish his memory are uncles Ed McClure (Lee), Jim McClure, Larry McClure (Ginny), Teddy McClure (Sarah), Michael McClure, aunt Betsy Rash (Roy), honorary “grandmother” Nina Breedlove, many cousins and a host of friends.
The visitation for Eric will be held at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center on Thursday, May 6, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. with the service at 7:00 p.m. The burial will be held on Friday, May 7 at 11:00 a.m. at Macedonia Baptist Church in Chilhowie, Virginia.
Pallbearers will be, Todd Blevins, Mikkie Landis, Sam McKinney, Daryl Peake, Kyle Powers, Clifford “Doc” Turner, Justin Wimmer, and Dale Yontz. Honorary pallbearers will be, Robert Brandt, Willard “Zeke” Lester, Ed McClure, Jim McClure, Larry McClure, Michael McClure, and Teddy McClure
In accordance with COVID-19 restrictions, all those attending services are asked to wear face coverings and follow social distancing guidelines.
In lieu of flowers, the family has opened a fund at Powell Valley National Bank- checks should be made payable to Eric McClure’s Children’s Fund- P.O. Box 2376 Abingdon, VA 24212 for Eric’s seven beautiful daughters.
Frost Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Abingdon, Va., is honored to serve the family of Mr. McClure.
ORIGINAL POST 5-2-2021:
Former driver Eric McClure passed away unexpectedly Sunday.
He had spent most of his career in the Xfinity series, making 288 starts from 2003-2016, but also had three Cup Series starts.
Family statement: “The family of Eric Wayne McClure, former NASCAR driver, announces with great sorrow his passing on Sunday, May 2, 2021. They would like to thank everyone for their prayers and support during this very difficult time.”
His fiance, Keira Tibbs, posted the following on Facebook Sunday Morning:
We are saddened to learn of the passing of former driver and owner Eric McClure. NASCAR extends its deepest condolences to Eric’s family and friends. pic.twitter.com/378S81SPx2
— NASCAR (@NASCAR) May 2, 2021