John Ardrey “Jack” McLaney ’51

The Rev. Dr. John “Jack” Ardrey McLaney, 88, of Charleston, SC passed away on Friday, May 11, 2018.

He was born on June 27, 1929, in Charlotte, NC, son of the late Margaret Shaw Brown McLaney and the late Joseph Wheeler McLaney, Sr. In his youth Jack attended Dilworth Elementary, AG Junior High (when it was on Morehead St.) and Central High when it existed.

Then he did his undergraduate and pre-ministerial studies at Davidson College. Following college, Jack went to the Presbyterian Seminary in Louisville, KY. Jack served as a Presbyterian minister for 30 years before serving as a presbytery executive in the Presbytery of Mississippi and eventually taking a position as interim executive at the Charleston-Atlantic Presbytery.

From the time he was a child Jack was an avid reader. He was an airplane enthusiast and enjoyed making airplane models, eventually getting his pilot's license.

He was also a life-long sailor and enjoyed watching NASCAR races. Jack loved history, especially Civil War and World War II history, and no one ever asked a question that he couldn’t answer about either. His family will remember him as a faithful Christian, and a kind and compassionate husband, father, grandfather and brother.

He is survived by his loving wife of 33 years, Beverly Tissot McLaney of Charleston, SC; two daughters: Margaret Anne Carney (Ed) of West Hartford, CT and Mary Lynn Runyon (David) of Louisville, KY; two sons: Roy Jeffrey Hodge of Louisville, KY and Christopher Alan Hodge (Jennifer) of Louisville, KY; five grandchildren: Anne Runyon; George “Teddy” Edward Carney, III and Allyson, Ashley and Brooke Hodge; his brother, Joseph Wheeler McLaney, Jr. (Jane) of Charlotte, NC; his sister Mary McLaney Mohr of Mechanicsville, VA; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, May 19, 2018, from 1:00 PM 2:00 PM at McAlister-Smith Funeral Home West Ashley, with a memorial service to follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.

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Arrangements entrusted to McAlister-Smith Funeral Home, West Ashley, 2501 Bees Ferry Road, Charleston, SC 29414.

Published in Charlotte Observer on May 19, 2018