Zettie Dowdle McClain

May 16, 1920 ~ October 1, 2022 (age 102) 102 Years Old


Shelby - Mother Zettie Dowdle McClain ,age 102,  of 1571 LongBranch Rd, Grover, NC peacefully  transitioned  on Saturday October 1, 2022 at the Citadel of Winston Salem.

Mother Zettie Dowdle McClain was born on May 16, 1920, in York, South Carolina.  She departed this life on October 1, 2022.  She was the daughter of the late Samuel and Eula Goode Dowdle. 

Mother Zettie answered the call of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and moved to her eternal home.  She was educated in the Public School of York County, South Carolina.

Mother Zettie joined Shiloh A.M.E. Zion Church at an early age.  She served on the Usher Board, as a Sunday School Teacher, Missionary Department and sung on the Senior Choir.  She was a former member of the Community Sisters and a member of Electra Chapter #12 of the Eastern Star and Queen of Sheba Court #1 Heroines of Jerico.  She retired from Kings Mountain Hospital (Atrium) after twenty years of service in the housekeeping department.

Mother Zettie is preceded in death by her husband, Reverend Herbert McClain, three daughters, Dorothy McClain, Lemonia M. Jones, and Barbara McClain; two sons, Charles H. McClain, William John McClain; one granddaughter, Teresa Rickenbacker; one grandson, Kenneth D. McClain, and one great-grandson, Raymona Abraham.  She is the last sibling of her family.  She had two brothers and six sisters of the Dowdle family.

She leaves to cherish fond memories:  three daughters, Annie L. Rickenbacker of Charlotte, NC, Geanette Haynes (Carl) of Winston-Salem, NC, Virginia McClain of Gastonia, NC; three granddaughters, Priscilla A. Rickenbacker of Charlotte, NC, Pamela J. Abraham (Roosevelt) of Charlotte, NC, and Jennifer H. Harrell (John) of Winston-Salem, NC; five grandsons,            Andrea Rickenbacker of Charlotte, NC, Barry Ross (Toni) of Gastonia, NC, Michael A. Woods (Lori) of Swannanoa, NC,  Michael Rickenbacker of Charlotte, NC, and Brandon McClain (Tinisha) of Dayton, OH. She had twenty-one great-grandchildren, eleven great-great-grandchildren, a daughter-in-law, Ruby S. McClain, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives and friends. 

.Funeral arrangements will be held on Saturday October 8, 2022 at 3 :30 P M. at Shiloh AME Zion Church in  Grover N.C.; the family will receive friends  30 minutes prior to  the service. FACE MASKS ARE REQUIRED

Burial Church Cemetery.



To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Zettie Dowdle McClain, please visit our floral store.


October 8, 2022

3:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Shiloh AME Zion Grover NC

Funeral Service
October 8, 2022

3:30 PM
Shiloh AME Zion Grover NC


© 2022 Genesis Funeral Services & Chapel Inc.. All Rights Reserved. | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Accessibility