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James Walter McKell

ATLANTA, GA: James Walter McKell of Atlanta, GA, died unexpectedly, November 27, 2012. He was born April 17, 1952, in Cincinnati, OH.

He is survived by his mother, Beverly Kenworthy, his father, Dr. David McKell and his step-mother, Faye N. McKell. He is also survived by his sisters, Peggy Seitz (Gary) and Mary Lee McKell; a brother, David Cameron McKell (Lisa); a sister-in-law, Barbara McKell; step-sisters, Sandra Uhrig (Joe) and Carol Peindl (Richard); and his lifetime companion, Kathy Gray.

He was predeceased by a brother, Robert (Bobby) McKell.

Jim graduated from Chillicothe High School and majored in music theory at Marietta University and Ohio University. As a teenager, Jim played keyboards in a local band, The Brud, and later traveled to all 50 states as the sound engineer for The Pure Prairie League. He met Kathy in 1980 when they both taught at the Recording Workshop in Massieville, OH.

Jim worked as a recording engineer and producer in Nashville for more than 20 years. He worked with many artists over the years, from the Judds to Kenny Rogers. Much of his work was recognized with Gold and Platinum record sales, and he was nominated for a Grammy for Single of the Year, and for the Country Music Association (CMA) Single of the Year, for Kenny Rogers' "Buy Me a Rose". Jim was greatly respected by his peers in the music and recording industry for his passion for his craft and the perfection of his songs. He was a mentor to many and was always willing to share his knowledge with anyone.

Jim moved to Atlanta in 2006 and continued his music work. He also had an incredibly creative mind developing patents for inventions such as bullet-proof furniture, flexible fencing and telephone handsets, among many other products. He loved the outdoors, animals of all kinds, beautiful music and discussions of many profound subjects.

A brief memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, 13 Mead Drive, Chillicothe, OH, 45601, at 11:00 am on Saturday, December 8, 2012. This will be followed by a short graveside service at Grandview Cemetery in Chillicothe. Following all services, everyone is invited to join the family in a celebration of Jim's life with songs and remembrance at the Cross Keys Tavern-17 East, 19 E. Main St, Chillicothe, Ohio, 45601 at Noon. There will be no scheduled visitation.

Arrangements are by the Ware Funeral Home in Chillicothe.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Atlanta Humane Society, www.atlantahumane.org, or to the , www.heart.org

You may sign his online register at www.warefh.com
Published in the Chillicothe Gazette on Dec. 5, 2012
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