Garrtis “Pistol” McLean was born and raised on a farm in Carvers Creek, North Carolina. As a child he earned the nickname Pistol. He graduated from East Bladen High School in 1977. He later went on to coach and play softball for over twenty years, after which time he was inducted into the Softball Hall of Fame in Peters Creek, North Carolina, just outside of Roseboro, North Carolina. He grew up in the church as a child, and although he strayed from that teaching, he came back with a hunger to get to know God for who He really is. He has been tested and tried but he continues to keep his faith and trust in God. Pistol is a devoted father, church member, Sunday School teacher, and student of God’s holy Word.