Mar. 20, 1943 - Oct. 16, 2013
James Karl McWilliams 1SG (RET)
"Mac", as he was affectionately known to family and friends, is survived by his ex-wife and caregiver, Linda McWilliams of Sarasota, FL, his son James McWilliams Jr. of Live Oak, FL, two daughters, Julie McWilliams of Savannah, GA, and Alyssa McWilliams of Dublin, CA; as well as two granddaughters, Ella and Lily Glanville. Mac proudly served in the United States Army
, retiring after 20 years of dedicated service to the nation. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War
and was awarded Bronze Star
Medal for heroic service in action. Other medals include Meritorious Service Medal x2 and Combat Infantryman's Badge. Mac also served at Joint Security Area Korea, defending the boundary between North and South Korea, and as a Drill Instructor, helping to mold and guide future Army senior leaders. Following military service, Mac put his passion and artistic talents to work as a custom "paint and body man" where he transformed ordinary vehicles into unique and beautiful works of art. Throughout his life, Mac enjoyed illustration, and his unique sense of humor and razor sharp wit were always present in his drawings, and often, in his manner of speech. There never was a clever comeback, or a snappy one liner he didn't know and use; and all who experienced his sense of humor were the better for it. Military Burial Services will be held this Friday 9:30 AM at Sarasota National Cemetery, 9810 State Road 72, Sarasota, FL. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 787, Tampa, FL.