Steven Earl McClure, affectionately known as “Stevie,” grew up in Columbus, Ohio and is the youngest of eleven children. As a 1982 graduate of Columbus East High School, Steve was best known for his charismatic personality and exceptional athletic abilities in basketball, track and tennis. He was both proud and honored to be inducted into The Hall of Fame and to have earned the opportunity to attend Central State University.
Steve was a community activist who served at-risk youth and adults in some of the most poverty stricken areas of the city. He was a true believer of giving back to the community and took the initiative to use his more than 25 years of experience to help those in need by volunteering with organizations such as The Salvation Army, Central Ohio Diabetes, United Way, Parks & Recreation, The Ridge Project, Impact Community Action, and The T.O.U.C.H. Mentoring program. Most recently he served as a member of “The Sentencing Project” whose aim is to change policy in sentencing guidelines.
Steve was an entrepreneur, philanthropist, author, and motivational speaker with expertise in coordinating special events. His special relationships with various celebrity circles afforded him the opportunity to help raise funds for many organizations committed to serve the needs of the community. In recognition of his work, Steve was awarded the 2018 Rajeans Acts of Kindness Award.
Steve is preceded in death by his parents Willis & Emma McClure, Sr.; brothers, Willis (Gwendolyn) McClure, Jr., Harold McClure; and sisters; Dorothy (Phillip) Callender and Marilyn Alarcon. He leaves to cherish his memory; wife, Tochukwu Prosper Ogokoh McClure; son, Steven (Juliana) Williams and daughter, Kenya (Ja’mon McKinney, Sr.) Carter; grandchildren, Amaya & Nikos Williams, Alexis Guterierz & Ja’mon McKinney, Jr.; brothers, Douglas (Stella), Quincy and Michael (Rene), all of Columbus, Ohio, and Steve Pilgrim, Spartanburg, S.C.; sisters, Earline (Warren) Wright, Brooklyn, NY, Dr. Alsonia (Charles) Rutherford, and JoAnn (Luther) Henley; a host of nieces and nephews; extended family members and friends.
Family will receive friends Friday, May 3, at 6pm until time of service 7pm at Church of Christ of the Apostolic Faith, 1200 Brentnell Ave., Cols, OH 43219. Arrangements by WHITE’S FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES, 867 S. JAMES ROAD, COLS, OH 43227, BENJAMIN F. “BENNY” WHITE, JR, FUNERAL DIRECTOR, (614)947-1123, whitesfh867.com.