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James Joseph "Pumpkin" McLain

December 12, 1954 - May 31, 2017

A time to be born: James Joseph McLain , The son of Roosevelt and Lucille McLain was born on December 12, 1954 In Jersey City, New Jersey

A time to Live: James aka Pumpkin or Roscoe grew up in Amityville N.Y. graduating from Amityville Memorial High School. After graduating High School James entered the United States Army in Sept. 1974 Completing his service to his country Pumpkin returned to Amityville becoming an entrepreneur selling clothes, candy, etc. Learning from his father the art of salesmanship.

A time to be Married: James met Deborah Johnson and they were united in holy matrimony on October 5, 2003 at Usry Temple Church of God in Christ. Huntington Station N.Y.

A time to Multiply: James had 3 children that he loved dearly: Trekina Dixon- Georgia. Tornike Dixon-Georgia, and David Smith-Bellport NY and his stepchildren: Shinnequa, Veronica,Jewel, Monwell, Mark, Matthew, Sakitra and Joey.

James and Deborah made there home in Newport News Virginia  where James became Pastor of In Him Ministry. James enjoyed family, friends, good food, and laughter, but most of all he Loved the Lord!

A time to Die: In  the early morning hours of Wednesday May 31, 2017  6:17 am, God In his infinite Wisdom called James from Labor to Reward simply saying your work here on earth is well done.

James leaves precious memories to be cherished with his wife, Deborah, his children and step-children.

2 sisters: Vickie and Trekina; 1 brother, Donald; 7 sisters-in-law; 4 brothers-in-laws, and numerous grandchildren, great-grands and host of other nieces , nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.

Altmeyer Funeral Home-Denbigh Chapel assisted the family with arrangements.

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