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According to the family publicist Erma Byrd the follow announcement was released:


LOS ANGELES, CA (NOVEMBER 15, 2013) – Multi- Award-winning gospel recording

artist Donnie McClurkin and his Grammy-nominated siblings will say goodbye to family patriarch Donald Andy McClurkin, Sr. during home-going service and celebration of his life

on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at Greater Allen AME Cathedral of New York in Jamaica, NY.   The doors will open at 6:30pm and the service will be held at 7:00pm-9:30pm.

The patriarch, Donald McClurkin, Sr. unexpectedly passed away at 2:40am on Wednesday, November 13 of Acute Myocardial Infraction.  He was 79. Born and raised in Chester, South Carolina he later moved to Amityville, New York.  McClurkin was employed as a local construction worker when he met and married Frances McClurkin (1933-2013) at the age of 20.

In addition to Donnie McClurkin, Jr, a resident of Rockville Centre, he leaves behind six other children: Marlene McClurkin Mason; Cheryl McClurkin of Amityville; Andrea McClurkin Mellini of Farmingville; Anthony McClurkin of Indiana; Tanya McClurkin Staples of Alabama; and Rafael McClurkin of Alabama. Step-Children: Chavonne Johnson of Central Islip; Walter Johnson of Bristow, Virginia; Robert Johnson of Central Islip; Shjanita Johnson of Lexington, Kentucky; Wife Melanie McClurkin;  as well as a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Two other children – Olivia McClurkin and Thomas McClurkin- preceded him in death.

The McClurkin family would like to thank everyone for their prayers and words of encouragement during this challenging time.  Those who wish to send cards, condolences and other expressions of sympathy and support may be sent to the family in care of Perfecting Faith Church at 311 N. Main Street, Freeport, NY 11520.


Contact: Erma Byrd (213) 382-3656 or via email at