James McDonald (1929 - 2013)

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James Carney McDonald

November 29, 1929 - November 27, 2013

Bay St. Louis

James Carney McDonald passed away peacefully on November 27, 2013 in the midst of the love and presence of his wife and daughters. He was born on November 29, 1929 in Bay St. Louis.

Jim is survived by his wife of 60 years Winnifred, daughters Moli (Geoffrey) Kergosien, Dolly (Dennis) Lundberg, Meg (Steve) Gilbert, and Melissa McDonald; grandchildren Caleb and Camille Kergosien; Nikolas Busbea and Morgan Blackmon; Julie (Jared) Lott, Sarah Mollie and Heather Richardson; Kristin and Corbin Blanchard; great-grandchildren Laurel Sones, Jace Lott, and Layne Hearty. He is also survived by one brother, C.C. (Eve) McDonald Jr.

He is proceeded in death by his parents, C.C. and Katrina McDonald; brothers, David N. and Fred S. McDonald and grandson, Devin McDonald Blanchard.

Jim dedicated his life to God, his family and his business in that order. Jim was a business man of integrity and well respected throughout the community. He was a lifelong resident of Bay St. Louis. He graduated from Bay High in 1947 and from Mississippi State University in 1951. He entered the U.S. Air Force and served as a navigator on B-29s during the Korean War flying 19 combat missions. Following his service with the Air Force he returned to the Bay and entered the family building supply company, W.A. McDonald & Sons. Eventually he and his wife, Winnifred, became its owners; he worked each day until the end.

Services will be held at Main Street United Methodist Church on Monday, December 2nd at 12:00 noon with visitation from 10:00 A.M. until 12:00. A private graveside service will follow.

The family would like to thank the ICU and staff at Memorial Hospital for their compassionate care of their husband and father.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Katrina Overall McDonald Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o 142 Lakewood Drive, Waveland, MS 39576, Gideons International or the Library Foundation of Hancock County.

Published in The Sun Herald on Dec. 1, 2013
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