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JAMES HERBERT (JIM) MCKONE


1934 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
JAMES HERBERT (JIM) MCKONE Obituary
JAMES HERBERT (JIM) MCKONE James Herbert (Jim) McKone, born on March 13, 1934, to Samuel Amos (Jr.) and Nita Dodge McKone in Lawrence, Kansas, passed away on Saturday, July 26, 2014, in San Antonio. A memorial service will be held in McAllen in January. McKone is survived by his daughter Kelly Gillespie, son-in-law Jon Gillespie, and grandchildren Cameron Camille Gillespie and Allison Claire Myers Gillespie (all of San Antonio); and by his brother William Lee McKone, niece Kathy Kaberle, and nephews Mike and Tim McKone. He was preceded in death by his wife, Geraldine (Jerry) Clegg McKone on July 20, 2014, and by his son, Kevin Lee McKone. Jim McKone began his writing career as a sports reporter for the McAllen Monitor in 1949, becoming sports editor in 1951, the same year he graduated from McAllen High School. He attended Pan American College in Edinburg and graduated from the University of Corpus Christi with a bachelor's degree in English in 1959, later receiving a master's degree in history. He married Geraldine (Jerry) Clegg, a newspaper reporter for the Brownsville Herald, in 1953. From 1954 to 1956, McKone was a sports reporter for the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, then, joined the Army for two years, including a year spent in Germany with his wife. They lived in California from 1959 to 1969, where McKone worked for two newspapers, the San Bernardino Sun-Telegram and the Riverside Press-Enterprise. He worked on the re-election campaign for California Congressman (Dem.) Ken W. Dyal. For two years, he served as the public information director for the University of California at Riverside. McKone wrote two young adult novels published by Vanguard Press (New York), Lone Star Fullback and To Win in November. After returning to McAllen in 1969, McKone worked at Pan American College (now the University of Texas – Pan American) as the sports information director, a position he held for the next 30 years. McKone was inducted into the Rio Grande Valley Sports Hall of Fame in 1994 and into the UTPA Sports Hall of Honor in 2009. He was also honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the College Sports Information Directors of America. After leaving UTPA, McKone was a public relations officer at the Museum of South Texas History and the fine arts columnist for the McAllen Monitor, as well as a contributing writer to the Valley Town Crier and other publications. He was a member of First Christian Church, the McAllen Chess Club, the Pan Am Retirees Association, and the Normandy D-Day Fellowship. You are invited to sign the Guestbook at www.porterloring.com Sign the guest book at www.themonitor.com/obituaries
Published in The Monitor on Aug. 3, 2014
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