Harold McClain

Harold D. "Skeets" McClain

February 27, 1920 - April 12, 2020
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Harold DeKalb “Skeets” McClain, age 100, of North Little Rock, a former longtime resident of Pine Bluff, joined his Heavenly Father on Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020.

Born February 27, 1920 at Star City, he was the son of the late William DeKalb McClain and Dovie McEntire McClain. He graduated from Little Rock High School in 1936 and received a Bachelor of Accounting degree from Draughan’s School of Business in 1938, .

Mr. McClain served in the United States Army Air Corps for three and a half years during World War II as a gunnery officer on B-17’s and attained the rank of Major.

After military service, his work brought him to Pine Bluff in 1947. He received his Certified Public Accountant (CPA) certificate in 1948, and he and Cal P. Hollis then formed an accounting firm. He practiced until his retirement at the end of 1985. He and James L. Newberry then organized a commercial real estate firm, which they operated until 2004. Mr. McClain was a member of the Commercial and Investment Real Estate Institute (CCIM) and was voted a Life Member in 1993.

During his years in Pine Bluff, he was very active in civic and social affairs. He served as president of the following organizations: the Pine Bluff Chamber of Commerce, Fifty for the Future, Pine Bluff Country Club, and the Senior’s Golf Association of Arkansas. In addition, he served as Secretary-Treasurer of the Pine Bluff Boys Club for six years and Treasurer of the Pine Bluff Chapter of the American Red Cross for two years. He was also a member of the Pine Bluff Planning Commission for three years and the Board of Directors for the Southeast Arkansas Arts and Science Center for one year. McClain was one of the Founding Members of the Pine Bluff Symphony Orchestra, where he served as a member of the Board of Directors and as Treasurer. He also a served on the Jefferson County Tax Equalization Board for three years.

His professional associations included President of the State Board of Accountancy; President of the Arkansas Society of Public Accountants, holding a life membership after 50 years of service; and a member of various committees of the Arkansas Society of Public Accountant and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

He moved to North Little Rock in 1998 and served as President of the Timbercreek Condominium Property Owners’ Association.

Mr. McClain was a lifelong Presbyterian and had been a member of First Presbyterian Church of Pine Bluff since 1947. He served his church as Treasurer, Deacon, and Elder. He was a Founding Member of the First Presbyterian Church Foundation. In recent years, he supported and attended Park Hill Baptist Church in North Little Rock where he was a member of the loving Herndon-Ward-Hill Sunday school class.

Preceding his in death are his brother, William Knox McClain; his grandson, William Bartlow “Bart” Nuckolls; his first wife, Lois Bartlow McClain; and his second wife, Bonilu “Boni” Ellington Collins McClain.

Survivors include his wife, Glenda Bailey McClain; a daughter, Ellen McClain Nuckolls and her husband John William “Bill” Nuckolls, MD; a son, Hal McClain and wife Sandy Veches McClain of Kennesaw, Georgia; two granddaughters, Margaret Lee Nuckolls of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Sarah McClain Nuckolls of Whitefish, Montana; a grandson, Andrew C. McClain and wife Rebecca Slabaugh McClain of Atlanta; and great-grandson Finlay Andrew McClain , also of Atlanta.

There will be a private family burial in Graceland Cemetery in Pine Bluff with Dr. Ken Shaddox officiating. The service will be webcast live Wednesday, April 15, 2020, beginning at 2:00 p.m. on our website, A memorial service at First Presbyterian Church in Pine Bluff will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers or memorials, Mr. McClain requested that all read John 15:12 and do an act of kindness for someone else in his memory.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Wednesday, April 15, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Wednesday, April 15, 2020 2:00pm
    Graceland Cemetery
    2493 West Pullen Street
    Pine Bluff, AR 71601
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    Private family graveside service. Friends and relative make attend in spirit by viewing a live webcast on our website, You may also make your own personal condolence video and share it on our website.
  • Interment

    Graceland Cemetery
    2493 West Pullen Street
    Pine Bluff, AR 71601
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Denise Gray

Posted at 06:44pm
Ellen and Hal, I am so sorry to hear of your father's death. He was such a gentleman and such a very good friend to me when I was going through my divorce. He would come by and we would walk on the golf course and visit. He went out of his way to help keep my spirits up when they were at rock bottom. I know he will be missed by his many friends. I love what he requested his memorials to be and I will definitely follow his wishes. Prayers for all your family during these difficult day ahead.


Posted at 10:27am
McClain family, We are sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time. Your friends at CartiNlr

Lee Lessenberry

Posted at 05:45pm
I had the pleasure of meeting “Skeets” after he married my Aunt Glenda McClain. He was an honorable and gracious gentleman. Condolences to his family.


Posted at 04:31pm
Mr.Skeets and Ms. Glenda were such a huge part of our Timbercreek Tribe and made my 3 Grands always feel loved like they were family. Always told Skeets he had competition; Beckham loves Ms. Glenda. Chandler and Jett they would miss Him and his chocolates! We love and miss you Glenda and will check on you when I return from Florida. Stay safe, healthy and happy and may Mr Skeets Rest in Peace. Love You-Karon Rosa, Kara and Kris, Chandler, Jett and Beckham


Posted at 11:26am
Ms. Glenda and Family
We are saddened to learn of Skeet's passing. He was always such a happy person to be around, straight up and always concerned more about others than himself. He was a pleasure to be around. I know that he too loved having you in his life and you in his. Prayers that the memories, family and friends carry you through the times ahead. Skeet’s will be missed. Here if you need us. Love
Amelia, Bill and Liebe

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