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Rupert Joe McLean

October 23, 1961 ~ December 6, 2017 (age 56)

The Piano Brothers

Mr. Rupert Joe McLean, age 56 of 2204 Spring Lane, Sanford, NC passed on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at his residence.

Rupert Joe McLean was born on October 23rd, 1961 in Lillington NC, to Deacon Joe Felton McLean, Sr. and the late Mother Ruth Belle McKay McLean. He was the 7th of twelve children born to that union, he can be remembered singing, “Lord I’m Singing your Praises” with The McLean Brothers of Lillington, NC. He also sang the duet, “A Child’s Blood” with his brother, Jerome. He had one of the most beautiful Baritone voices you ever heard. He was an immaculate dresser, an outstanding cook and house keeper. Rupert was very artistic and creative. He was an excellent brother to all of his siblings.

He Graduated from Harnett Central High in 1980 where his Senior class peers voted him as “Best Looking Male.”  He later enlisted in the United States Marine Corps as an Infantry Corpsman, he served in the United States Marine Corps from 1980-1983. He was serving in Beirut, Lebanon in 1983, when a suicide bomber drove a truck of explosives in the building which killed 241 United States Marines. It was by God’s grace that he returned home safety, for this reason he was honored with a key to the city of Dunn NC. He retired in 2007 from Honeywell in Moncure NC after 20 years of service.He married Penny Burch and from this union he had two sons.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Nancine Ruthell and brother, Willard Bernard.

He is survived by his devoted wife, Phyllis Headen McLean; his sons, Rupert Jezreel McLean (Charity) and Garren James McLean; step daughter, Latonya Smith Frazelle (Lewis); his father, Joe Felton McLean Sr. (Lucy); siblings: Joe F. McLean Jr. (Hester), Jerome McLean Sr., Michael McLean Sr. (Karen), Reuben McLean (Eva), Doris McLean Bates (Charles), Rebecca Barber (William), Davey McLean, Henry McLean (Jessica), Ruth Michelle Chapman (Elijah); two step sisters Dorothy Williams (Anthony) Jeanette Keyes (Kenneth); two grandsons, Malachi Xavier McLean, and Adam James McLean; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.  He also leaves behind a dear aunt, Doretha Alston.

Arrangements By: Knotts Funeral Home, Sanford

Funeral Service
December 12, 2017

11:00 AM
Cape Fear Conference A Headquarters
25 Beaver Rd.
Erwin, NC 28339

Interment following funeral service
December 12, 2017

Sandhills Veterans Cemetery
8220 Bragg Blvd.
Fort Bragg, NC 28310

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