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Johnathan Kennith McCain

May 31, 2006 ~ October 5, 2021 (age 15)

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Johnathan Kennith McCain passed away surrounded by his parents, Kathryn and Michael, his sisters, Jada and Olivia, his aunt and uncle, Alicia and Steven McCray, and cousin Jase after battling a rare form of cancer called NUT Midline Carcinoma on October 5, 2021.


Johnathan was born in Heidelberg, Germany on May 31, 2006. A military brat, he never made one country or state his permanent residence, but always had an affection to return to his “mother country” Germany to learn more about where he was born. Johnathan had a vivid imagination as well as a strong desire to learn and do the right thing. He was strong academically being accepted into the National Junior Honors Society and maintained a 4.14 GPA. He loved playing his alto saxophone, playing at the football games and marching with the band, which he was 1st chair multiple semesters. Johnathan also tutored in classical piano during his spare time. Johnathan was accepted and attended the Engineering & Technologies Academy (ETA), a magnet program, at Roosevelt High School in San Antonio, Texas his 9th grade year. Johnathan was superior in Tae Kwon Do and Kung Jung Mu Sul earning multiple belts and stripes in both arts. During the summers, Johnathan attended ID Tech Camp where learned Game Design 101, VR Design with Unity and Oculus Go, Fortnite Camp and Unreal Engine Level Design as well as built his first video game that you could actually play. Johnathan volunteered at multiple food pantries and shelters as well as sang in the choir and attended Sunday School at many churches we attended over the years. Johnathan was smart, witty, articulate, funny and charming. He was a leader, never a follower and Johnathan told us up till the day he died, “I’m just built different.”


Johnathan is survived by his mother Kathryn Martin (McCain), his stepfather Michael J. Martin II, sisters Jada A. Rosby(19), Olivia S. Martin(9), Sasha N. Martin(4), Tahlia L. Martin(4) and a step-brother, Isaiah M. Martin (15), grand-parents, John McCain Sr. and Valerie I. McCain (deceased), Dana K. Martin and Michael J. Martin I (deceased), Casandra G. Rosby and Gene A. Rosby I. Johnathan leaves behind a host of uncles, aunts, family, friends and loved ones.


In conclusion, Johnathan especially wants to thank his father Michael James Martin II for all the love, guidance and encouragement over the years. There was never any doubt or question about their father/son relationship. “I love you da.” We would also like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nurses, doctors and staff at Levine Children’s Hospital, Duke Children’s Hospital and Hands of Hope Agape Care’s Pediatric Program who worked meticulously on Johnathan and supported this family. We cannot go without thanking the Forest of Fort Mill Community, Catawba Ridge High School (CRHS) students, the CRHS Band, CRHS Woman’s Volleyball Team, CRHS Football Team, Principle Wilson, Vice-Principles, Faculty, Staff and especially Mrs. Sue Gulledge. Your love and support have been beyond reproach. Go Copperheads!

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October 13, 2021

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Palmetto Funeral Home and Cremation Service
2049 Carolina Place Drive
Fort Mill, SC 29708

Funeral Service
October 14, 2021

3:00 PM
Sisk Memorial Baptist Church
115 Massey St
Mill, SC 29715

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