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Watch: Donnie McClurkin Opens Up about Mother’s Death; Says ‘She Gave Me the Gift of Music’

By EEW Magazine Staff

Frances McClurkin, the mother of gospel singer Donnie McClurkin passed away on Friday, January 18 at 11 pm EST from complications of a massive coronary heart attack suffered on Sunday, January 13 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Bethpage, NY. In a personal Social Cam message, Pastor Donnie McClurkin opened up about the passing of his mother Frances and shared details of her homegoing service. “I just wanted to thank you all for the love that you all have shown me and my family,” he said. She was 79 years old.

After suffering a massive coronary heart attack Sunday, January 13 in Bethpage, NY, McClurkin and his family were aware of his mother’s “sickly” and fragile health condition.

“We knew God was going to take her and He did,” said McClurkin. “She passed away Friday night and expired while I was at the Stellar Awards.”

When he received the news, the pastor and recording artist told Twitter followers he was “broken-hearted beyond belief.”

It was the support, love, and strength of friends that pulled him through.

Erica and Tina Campbell, Kirk Franklin, CeCe Winans, and Marvin Winans are all thanked by McClurkin for helping him emotionally cope during an incredibly difficult moment. He also gave special thanks to Anita Baker and Dionne Warwick for reaching out.

“I was able to sing on Saturday at the Stellar Awards with a heavy heart but a lifted spirit and I thank God, because my mother taught me everything I know about music,” he shared. “She gave me the gift of music and she introduced me to Jesus Christ. She was a great preacher and that was a way of celebrating her on Saturday.”

According to McClurkin, he will show appreciation for the gift of music Frances McClurkin gave him by ensuring her homegoing service is “full of music.”

The matriarch of the family leaves behind seven children: Marlene, Donnie, Cheryl, Andrea, Tony, Tanya, Rafael, and a host of grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Preceding Frances in her journey are children Olivia and Thomas.

The homegoing services will take place Friday, January 25 at 7pm at the Greater Allen Cathedral of New York  at 11031 Merrick Boulevard  Jamaica, NY 11433. Rev. Floyd Flake, Sr. is pastor.

Our prayers go out to Pastor Donnie McClurkin and the entire McClurkin family in this time of loss.

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B'Encouraged Pastor Donnie McClurkin I am praying for you and your family.It is comforting and an honor to know your mother left her gift through you. My mother named me after two Opera singers and I have found my voice through writing and I am thankful that she has taught and exposed me to all genre of music. As I tell everyone at "90" she's the one with the voice. There is an African proverb that says ifione person can say her name she lives forever.Therefore as I speak your mothers name Frances McClurkin she lives forever through music her love and the lives she has touched......Kathryn

January 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterK.Scott

I am so sorry for your loss pastor. My mother passed away of lung cancer two years ago and it was devastating. I just recently saw you in concert on The King's Men tour and you are so inspirational. I know God will comfort and keep you at this time. God bless you.

January 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRegina Arnold

I'm so sorry to hear of this. God bless him and the family.

January 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDenise

Prayers and condolences goes out to the family.

January 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAsia

Pastor Donnie McClurkin & Family, Earth has no sorrow that Heaven can not heal...

Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but will all be changed-in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true:" Death has been swallowed up in victory." "Where, O death, is your victory? Where O death, is your sting?" 1 Corinthians 15:51-55 God's Richest Blessings to you and yours. Mother McClurkin is just fine resting in Jesus!

Pastor Marlene M. Jackson
Seek Ye First The Kingdom Of God Int'l Ministry

January 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPastor Marlene M. Jackson

So sorry to hear of your Mom's home going. You are so much in our prayers. This is a time we all dread, but God is able to comfort us in our going through it. May the days ahead be filled with precious memories of a great woman of God. Love you much, the "Cleveland's Mom".

January 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJacqueline McEwan

Wiping away tears. My aunt's passing is so fresh after losing my mother 4 weeks ago. When death comes knocking we just have to accept what God allows. You are in my prayers for strength! God's grace.

January 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterElsie

God bless the family.

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