James Willard McDonald
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 1:00 AM
James Willard McDonald, 86, of Moss Point, passed away Thursday, June 12, 2014, at the VA Hospital (Hospice Unit), in Biloxi.
James was born Jan. 6, 1928, in Kemper County, the oldest of six children, born to Walter and Madie McDonald. He graduated from Prince Chapel School, Valedictorian of his class. After graduation, he traveled to Chicago, Ill., and enrolled in Coye Radio Electrician School. He was drafted in the United States Army and served in the Medical Service Corps for the country in Japan. After being discharged and returning home, he married Maxine Stokes, April 1, 1950. Upon his return from the Koran Conflict, he and his wife moved to Detroit, MI, where he graduated from Detroit Electrical Engineering Vocational Center.
Their first daughter, Susan Ellen McDonald Donohoe, was born in 1956, and three years later they moved to the Mississippi Gulf Coast. James and his brother-in-law, William Mayo, opened a television sales and service business, in Pascagoula. After tiring of the responsibility, he went to work for Ingalls Nuclear Shipbuilding, where he was a member of the IBEW. Their second daughter, Amy Michelle McDonald Buckley, was born in 1968, in Pascagoula. James would later accept a position with Bechtel Corporation and worked for over twenty years, before retiring. Although he kept busy working he always remembered to honor the one who had blessed him the most over the years, GOD. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church for over forty years, serving as deacon for two terms and also serving on the board for the Home of Grace, and was a member of the Gideon's, VFW, and American Legion. After retiring, he enjoyed working in the garden, hunting, fishing, church trips, and all church related activities. As a husband, father, and friend, he was an inspiration and example of godliness, stability, faithfulness, and integrity.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death, by two siblings: a sister, Lennie Adale Delmas; and, a brother, Reggie McDonald. He is survived by his wife, Maxine, of 64 years; two daughters: Susan Ellen McDonald Donohoe (Augustine Earl ("Gus") Donohoe Sr.):, and, Amy Michelle McDonald Buckley (Jeffery ("Todd") Buckley); two grandchildren, Wendy Nicole Donohoe Rankin (Christopher ("Scott") Rankin); and, Augustine Earl (" Gustin") Donohoe II; and, one great -grandchild, Austin James Rankin ; siblings, Estelle Mayo Tucker of Philadelphia, Marcie Stewart of Philadelphia and Hansel McDonald Crossville, Tenn.
Visitation will be Tuesday, June 17, 2014, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church with the funeral service following at 8 p.m. Interment will conclude Wednesday, June 18, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Jackson County Memorial Park, in Pascagoula, with military honors. Those who would like may express their condolences online at www.obryantokeefe.com.
Maxine would like to thank her two wonderful son-in-laws, Gus and Todd, and all who have been so faithful in helping carry the load the past several years. Also, to the many who cared for him through his illness: Dr. Bob Burns; Singing River Hospital; Singing River Rehabilitation Center; We Care Hospice Center; VA Hospital (Hospice Unit,) in Biloxi; and, to the wonderful church family at Calvary Baptist Church.