James C. "Jim" McLauchlin Jr.
1934 - 2020
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James (Jim) C. McLauchlin Jr, 85, of Tampa, FL, went home to his Lord and Savior March 12, 2020, while surrounded by his loving family. James was born in Charlotte, NC on October 23, 1934, one of seven children born to James C. McLauchlin Sr. and Elsie Burnett. He starred in football at Central High School in Charlotte, McCallie Prep in Chattanooga, TN and for Presbyterian College, where he was also a brother in the Kappa Alpha (KA) Order. He married his high school sweetheart, Ann Knight, in 1957 and they were married for 62+ years. The couple moved to Tampa, FL in 1961 where he began his career with Knight Enterprises, associated with the Belk Lindsey stores. James was very active with his church and in the community. After retiring from the retail shoe business, he became a missionary and helped re-establish a hospital in a remote village in Haiti. James made nearly twenty trips to the country bringing vital supplies and escorting medical personal to support this important mission. In addition, he served in many leadership roles as an Elder at Palma Ceia Presbyterian church where his passion for service included working with the church's youth group, helping launch Faith Cafe, working with Metropolitan Ministries and developing the church's Memorial Garden. His outreach to the community included Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Tampa Bay, where he was named Big Brother of the Year in 1986, and his active involvement on the board of Young Life. He is preceded in death by his mother and father, sisters Helen Culbertson, Marian Hill, Carolyn Hancock and Linda McLauchlin. He is survived by siblings Elsie Carriker, Ronald McLauchlin, his devoted wife, Ann, daughters Ann Baldwin (Dave Johnson), Linda (Paul Wheatley), son Jay (Nicole) and 11 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. A Memorial Service celebrating James' life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Faith Cafe (faithcafetampa.org) or Young Life (younglife.org). www.blountcurrymacdill.com

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Published in Charlotte Observer on Mar. 15, 2020.
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March 27, 2020
My uncle James was a kindred spirit to so many who knew him. His memory always has and will continue to bring happy thoughts to my life. Rest in peace, gentle soul. Love and prayers for your family.
Keith Hancock
March 17, 2020
Ann, I have been trying to call, but unfortunately don't have a number. We send our love and concern at the time of your loss. Nancy & Press Millen (919-259-7714)
Nancy Millen
March 15, 2020
We are so glad we saw him not too long ago. Just wish we could have one last hug. Our prayers are with your family. He will truly be missed. Love always.
Barry & Anna Hancock
March 15, 2020
Ann: We are saddened by Jims passing, but we are confident that he is now with the Lord. Our prayers are with you and your family.
Leslie and
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March 15, 2020
Love you and missing you more than words can express. Looking forward to our being together again, I don't think it will be long!
Elsie Covington
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