Rev. McCleese was originally from Kentucky and Mrs. McCleese was originally from West Virginia. The McCleese’s originally met while both were serving in the U.S. Army in October 1952.
They were then married by Rev. Jay Glover Morris in Augusta, Ga. on Dec. 13, 1952. They permanently settled in Brown County in 1955.
They are the proud parents of three children, Richard Wayne (Denise) McCleese, Sherry Lee (Darrel) McPherson, Sheila Lynn (Bob) Cook and proud grandparents of 11 grandchildren.