Kathy Lynette Sutton McLain, age 79 gained her angel wings on Friday, May 20, 2022, under hospice care. She was of the Baptist Faith and was a 1961 graduate of Clinch County High School, Homerville, Georgia. She was born in Haylow, GA and moved to Homerville, GA with her parents and siblings in the late fifty’s. After marrying the love of her life in 1961, she moved to Jacksonville, FL where both she and her husband began working at King Edward Cigar Factory. Later, she and her husband became co-owners (dealer, Gate gas branded) of the Gate Station, full-service gas station which included tire service in Jacksonville, FL which was located on the corner of 8th and Ionia Street. In 1983, Gate Petroleum made an offer that both she and her husband could not resist which led them to Pooler, GA where they both operated the new Gate Convenience Store that was built at the location of Highway 80 and the I-95 interstate. She then became a longtime resident of Effingham County for thirty-three years until losing her husband in 2017 after 56 years of marriage. She then decided to sell her home and moved to Bulloch County in 2019 which allowed her to be closer to family. She is preceded in death by her parents, David and Daisy Sutton, her husband, Albert Issac McLain, her first born son, Joey Levin McLain, her sister and brother-in-law, Bertie and Noah Bennett, her brother and sister-in-law, Roland Sr. & Sandra Sutton, a niece, Sherrie Sutton Booth, her brother-in-law, William North Sr. and a nephew, William North Jr.
Surviving is her three children: Anita McLain Thurson (Tommy), of Statesboro, GA, Gary McLain Sr. (Missy) of Yulee, FL, Keith McLain (Kristie) of Guyton, GA, and one Daughter-in-law, Dr. Carole Neuman McLain (Joey). Three sisters; Mary Sutton, Homerville, GA, Bronna Sutton Hendrix (Hubert), Homerville, GA and Susan Sutton North, Hahira, GA. Eleven grandchildren, Zachary Davidson (Amber), Gary McLain Jr. (Fiancé’ Nikki Jackson), Kyle McLain (Amanda), Tawny McLain, Travis McLain (Cierra), Carré McLain, Heather McLain Gnann (Wade), Tony Thurson, Katie McLain, Amelia McLain & DeLanie McLain. Fourteen great grandchildren; Makenzie Auston, Payson, Georgia, Annabelle, Connor, Ryker, Savannah, Jaxon, Graylen, Will, Twins; Piper & Presley and Christian. Many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A memorial service will be held at Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home in Statesboro, GA on Saturday, June 11, 2022, at 11:00am.
The family requests that memorial contributions be made to Affinis Hospice, 130 Canal St. Suite 103 & 104, Pooler, GA 31322.
Friends may sign the online register book at www.joineranderson.com
Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home & Crematory of Statesboro is in charge of arrangements.