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Nimrod McNAIR

1923 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
McNAIR, Jr., Nimrod Colonel Nimrod McNair Jr. (Mac) passed away peacefully Tuesday, September 12, 2017, in Stone Mountain GA. He was born November 2, 1923 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama to parents Nimrod McNair Sr. and Salema Flowers McNair. Graduating from Tuscaloosa High School, he joined the Army Air Force in 1942. Mac served in WWII as a fighter pilot, in the Cold War, in the Vietnam War, he flew 600 combat hours on 110 missions. He was shot down twice and has survived four airplane crashes. Mac was awarded the Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross and other decorations. During the Korean War he taught aeronautical engineering at NC State. Colonel McNair received his B.S. degree from the University of Alabama, his M.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology. He graduated from the Air Force School of Management. Mac served as a director of aerospace programs at the Pentagon. He studied contemporary religion for three years at the Virginia Theological Seminary. His numerous academic honors included membership in the National Honor Society, Phil Eta Sigma, Tau Beta Pi, Theta Tau, and Tau Kappa Epsilon. Mac is the author of three books, and many articles and pamphlets. Colonel McNair has spoken and led seminars in more than 30 countries on subjects of management and leadership. His favorite topics were ethics based on the Ten Commandments, and his personal experience in pursuit of peace and faith. He was chairman and founder of Executive Leadership Foundation, a nonprofit organization promoting ethics in business and society based on Judeo-Christian values. He was a former commander of American Legion Post #134 in Atlanta, and a member of the Air Force Association, the Retired Officers Association, The Society of Strategic Air Command, Silver Wings Fraternity, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, WWII Round Table, Atlanta Old Guard, and the Church of the Apostles. Colonel McNair is preceded in death by his first wife of 63 years Amy Phillips McNair, and his sisters Gladys, Myrtle, and Frances. He is survived by his brother, William; his daughter, Jan Bradd; and his son, John McNair. Their family includes Mac's son-in-law, Dr. Tripp Bradd; Mac's grandchildren, Kristin, Justin, Erika, Aaron and spouses; and seven great-grandchildren. Mac had five McNair grandchildren, Erik, Sheri, Michael, Laura and Brian, with their spouses. With his second wife, Delysia Ashwood McNair; Mac had two step-sons, Craig and Scott Ashwood, their wives; step-grandsons, Macrae, Connor, and Gavin. Colonel McNair was blessed with a full and worthwhile life here, and now is with the Lord he loved and served so well. Visitation will be held Friday, September 22, 2017 from 9:00 am until 11.30 am at Tom M. Wages Funeral Home, 3705 Highway 78 West, Snellville GA 30039. A private family full military funeral service will be held at 1:00pm at North Georgia National Cemetery, Canton, GA. Condolences may be sent or viewed at Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, "A Family Company", Snellville Chapel 770-979-3200 has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Sept. 13, 2017
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