US Army


James Leon McCain

September 18, 1931 ~ March 16, 2018 (age 86)

Funeral services for Mr. James Leon McCain, 86, will be held at noon on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at Rising Star Baptist Church, 2943 Wardle Ave. He entered eternal rest on Friday, March 16, 2018 at the Veterans Home in Sandusky.

 Mr. McCain was born September 18, 1931, in Hope Hull, Ala., a son of Dennis and Georgia Murphy McCain. He was a 1950 North High School graduate and enlisted into the U.S. Army in 1952, serving with 82nd Airborne Division.  Mr. McCain attended Youngstown College and Central State University and was later employed by Youngstown Sheet and Tube until his retirement in 1984, he then worked as a bus driver for 13 years, retiring in 2001. He was a member of Rising Star Baptist Church where he was ordained as a Deacon in 1994. He was a member of the mass choir, male choir, he taught Sunday school, and was a past chairman of the Trustee Board. He will be deeply missed by all.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his beloved wife of 33 years, Esther, of Canfield; six daughters, , Cheryl (Raymond) Jenkins Jr. of Austintown, Barbara Howell, of Twinsburg, Felicia McCain of Austintown, Sharon Singletary of Youngstown, Margaret Singletary of Columbus and Ruth Anderson of Youngstown; two sisters, Ann (Leslie) P. Outerbridge of Chicago, Ill., and Mary A. James of Dayton; two step-brothers, James ( Anne) Cobbin of Youngstown and John (Janice) Cobbin of Cleveland; a step-sister, Venicee Howell, a sister-in-law, Patricia Cobbin, both of Youngstown;  nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and a host of other family members and friends. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; step-father, William Cobbin; two brothers, John and King McCain; and one step-brother, Samuel Cobbin.

Friends may call on Saturday from 11 a.m. to noon at the church.

The family would like to give special thanks to Ohio Veteran Home and Stein Hospice.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home.

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