LaTanya Devonne McClain

Sunrise: February 3, 1984

Sunset: September 4, 2022

Latanya Devonne McClain passed away after a courageous fight with a short illness on Sunday, Sept. 4, 2022 at Atrium Cabarrus Hospital in Concord, NC. surrounded by family and friends. She calmly went to live with the angels. She was born Feb 3, 1984 in Chesapeake, Va. to Lucius and Linda Loftin.

Latanya graduated from Indian River High School with high academic honors. After graduation she attended Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va. where she obtained a Bachelor Of Science degree in Business Education with a concentration in Marketing. Later she obtained a Master of Education Degree in Elementary Education at University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Once more she achieved the highest academic achievement.

Latanya secured her first teaching position at Tuckaseegee Elementary School as a 5th grade teacher. She considered it her mission to promote academic growth and positive behavior. Seeking further opportunities for growth, Latanya migrated to Allenbrook Elementary School as a Expanded Impact Teacher for 5th grade, where she advanced behavior plans to facilitate success for students. She rose to prominence in her field after being recognized by administrators and teachers. As a result she received a promotion as Curriculum Facilitator at Winecoff Elementary School. She was responsible for developing creative lesson plans to promote optimum growth for students. Latanya work diligently to communicate with others on approaches to raise average yearly progress for all students. She was a wonderful teacher, leader, and friend on her team. She resigned from Cabarrus County schools after her illness but continued to hold out promise of returning to teaching someday.

At an early age Latanya joined and was baptized at First Baptist Church Southhill, Chesapeake, Va. She grew up under the leadership of Rev.

Michael R. Toliver. She learned the value of faith, healing grace, and

belief in God. She was an active member of the church, serving on the junior usher board, and singing in the Junior and Mass Choirs until she left the area for educational reasons. She taught vacation bible school during the summer while attending college. She believed strongly that faith was not faith unless it is expressed and lived. She was a watchcare member of Victory Christian Center in Charlotte, NC under the directions of Pastor Robyn Gool.

Latanya is survived by her devoted husband, Ronald G. McClain of Charlotte, NC, the love of her life, her daughter Damaris Grace McClain also of Charlotte, parents Lucius and Linda Loftin of Chesapeake, Va, mother-in-law Maudia McClain of Charlotte, NC, brother Lucius Loftin Ill (Kierra)of Chesapeake, Va., brother -in-law Dennis McClain(Cara) of Charlotte, NC Aunts; Joyce Johnson (William) of Chesapeake, Va; Marion Loftin of New Kent, Va; Arglistra Gibbs,(Kelly) of New Bern, NC, Shirley Hardison (Frank) of New Bern, NC; Annie Weaver(Paul) of Salisbury, NC; Diana Moten (Thomas) of Elizabeth City, NC; Uncles; Grover Cuffee (Lorraine) of Chesapeake, Va; Tyrone Cuffee of Harrisburg, Va; Colen Loftin (La Juanna) of Chesapeake, Va; Anthony Loftin of New Bern, NC, many special cousins, whom she considered her sisters and brothers and a host of friends and family.

Viewing Friday, September 16, 2022 2:00pm - 6:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 120 W. Berkley Avenue Norfolk, VA 23523 Service Saturday, September 17, 2022 11:00am First Baptist Church - South Hill 3633 Galberry Road Chesapeake, VA 23323 Interment Roosevelt Memorial Park 1101 Campostella Road Chesapeake, VA 23320

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    Williamina Loftin says

    Latanya was not only a cousin, but she was a dear friend of mine. To her husband, daughter, parents, and brother, my heart goes out to you as I cannot imagine what you’re enduring. We will all greatly miss her kind, loving spirit. Please know that you all (and the entire family) are in my prayers. May the Lord wrap His loving arms around you and give you comfort and peace. I am here for you; please don’t hesitate to ask. I love you all.

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      Gayle and Kenny Bonner says

      Latanya was a phenomenal woman of God her smile and great Love she have for her Husband, baby, Father, Mother, brother , sister in law, and Family.Our heart & prayers for the Family. Keep the faith family and just know God will continue to be there for y’all.

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        Anthony Jiggetts(lil tony) says

        The Pain of losing a love one is never easy. But giving them back to our father is inevitable. I would like to thank God for the opportunity of knowing this beautiful angel. Rest easy sis, in the arms of our Lord. To the family, I’m praying for you for no words can express the pain you are feeling if it is anything I can do please let me know.

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        Damien Lawrence says

        I’m so heartbroken by this loss. I’ve know latonya and her family for most of my life as her mother and mine are good friends. The Loftin’s are like family to me. I wish Mr. and Mrs. Loftin, Lucius, and Latonya’s husband and child peace, strength, and comfort as they cope with this loss. You guys have my deepest condolences. Be well.

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    Gregory Wayne Norris says

    Our sincere condolences are lovingly extended to the family at this time. Sometimes words seem inadequate when trying to express your sorrow. But rest assure, our Lord is the God of all comfort! He is our refuge in the most tempestuous storms of life! We will always be family, no matter what! We are here for you all! May the love,grace, and mercy of God carry you through your time of loss. Much love to the family. Pastor Greg Norris&Family…

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    Dr. Peggie Johnson Robertson says

    On behalf of my deceased mother, Lucille Johnson, who babysat LaTonya when she was a little girl and who loved her so very much, I extend our condolences. I am so sorry for your loss Linda. May God comfort you through your friends and one day give you peace.

    Rest sweet LaTonya.

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    Pastor Tedd Little says

    With deep sadness, l express to each family member my thanks to God for the life of Latonya. She was a gift for such a time as we experienced her life. We thank God for her and the beautiful life she lived.

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    Sherry Hardison says

    I was so glad our parents didn’t raise us as first cousins, but as sisters. I will miss you so much, but I know you are in the safety of God’s arms with grandma and granddad. Continue to watch over us.

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    Delois K. Clemons says

    I’m so sorry for the loss of a very nice lady !! I met her a couples years ago and took her to be a wonderful person!! She had never looked at me to be a stranger , she greeted me with a beautiful smile!! God has a beautiful angels!! Rest In Peace sweet lady !!

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    Keisha Wilson says

    LaTanya was the sweetest woman I had the pleasure of knowing. I loved catching up with her recently and sharing her happiness about her family, loved her smile and hearing her laugh. She always treated me as a friend and was a reliable ear whenever I needed it. She will truly be missed and prayers for her entire family. Rest in Heaven Angel

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    Paul Rainier Weaver says

    Latanya was like a daughter to us. She moved to Charlotte, North Carolina after graduation from Virginia Commonwealth University and we readily took her under our wings. From there we shared many celebrations whereby Latanya was present with a warm smile. She always had a kind word and sharp wit to parallel the best of comedians. She was a beautiful person inside and out whose courageous spirit will serve as an example to us in life. Her memories will live on forever. I am praying that your faith will help you through this very difficult time. I ask God to give you the strength to get you through your grief and sadness. We can’t know why this precious lily had such a brief a time to bloom in the sunlight, but we can know that nothing that is loved is ever lost. No one has ever touched our hearts like Latanya. Please know that we are here for you with all our prayers, blessings and thoughts.
    -Aunt Annie and Uncle Paul-

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    Beverly Stukes says

    Linda and Lucius and buddy, love you all much.i will continue to pray for the family.Please find comfort in God’s awesome love

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    Beverly says

    Linda and Lucius and buddy, love you all much.i will continue to pray for the family.Please find comfort in God’s awesome love

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    Beverly says

    Linda and Lucius and buddy, love you all much.i will continue to pray for the family.Please find comfort in God’s awesome love.

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    Regina Forrest says

    As a member of First Baptist Church South Hill, I fondly remember LaTanya as a very sweet young lady with a. beautiful smile quietly working in different ministries. I offer my sincere condolences to LaTanya’s husband, her precious daughter, Linda and Lucius as well as the entire family. May God’s love comfort and strengthen you and bring you peace during this time of great loss. You all are in my prayers.
    Regina Forrest

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    Archie and Doris Earl says

    (To: Bro. Lucius and Sis. Linda Loftin, From: Bro. Archie and Sis. Doris Earl, FBCSH)
    We are deeply sorry to hear about the passing of your daughter, Latanya Devonne McClain. She accomplished many great and wonderful things, in her lifetime. She made significant contributions to the education of our children/grand children through her work in church and her work in our schools. Thank God and thank you for raising her in such a way that she was able to make such wonderful contributions to the lives of others. Thank her for sharing her talents with others. May God continue to bless and strengthen you both (and the entire family) during this time of loss. (Mr. & Mrs. Archie W. Earl, Sr., Members: First Baptist Church South Hill)

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    Angelina and Johnie Hopkins, says

    The Hopkins children (Johnette, Almarie and Johnie Jr) will always cherish knowing LaTanya through FBSH. The entire Hopkins family extend our sincerest condolences to Brother Lucius and Sister Linda Loftin. May God comfort and strengthen you during this difficult time.

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    Kelsey Huss says

    LaTanya was an incredible person. I taught with her at Winecoff when we were team teaching. She always had encouraging words and was like a mentor to me. I will continue to pray for the whole family during this time.

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