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James Millsaps McCormick


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James Millsaps McCormick

Memphis, TN

James Millsaps McCormick departed this life on January 27, 2017. Born December 8, 1934, to William C. ("Pat") and Marjorie D. McCormick, he was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, William C. McCormick, Jr. He is survived by his wife of fifty-one years, Ann C. McCormick, his son, Mike McCormick (Paula), and his daughter, Cathy Wilson (Robert), along with his grandchildren, Jackson and Ben McCormick; and Ann and Mary Quay Wilson.

Jim graduated from East High School and received a BS in Civil Engineering from Vanderbilt University. His ability to play team sports was limited as the result of polio he had as a young child. Nevertheless, he lettered both at East High and Vanderbilt by serving as the student trainer for their football teams. At Vanderbilt he was part of the famous Gator Bowl team that won the school's first-ever bowl victory.

In 1966 he started the M.A.C. Company, Inc., where he worked until he retired in 2009. He served as president of both West Tennessee Sheet Metal Contractors and American Subcontractors Association and was active in both for many years.

He was a long-time member of Second Presbyterian Church where he served as elder and elder emeritus. He attended Presbytery and General Assembly as a representative from Second as long as he was able to do so. He also taught sixth-grade Sunday School for many years and had life-long association with many of his former students.

He loved cooking for family and friends and gardening. He particularly enjoyed sharing his homemade pizza, English muffins, and prize roses and gardenias.

His retirement years were marked with failing health and Alzheimer's. The family wishes to thank the dedicated staff of Trezevant Manor for the care he received during his last years. The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorials be sent to Second Presbyterian Church or the Neighborhood Christian Center.

His funeral will be Tuesday, January 31, at 1 o'clock in the chapel at Second Presbyterian Church with burial following at Forest Hill Midtown Cemetery. The family will receive friends in the Louise Salmon room at the church from 11:30 to 1:00.
Published in The Commercial Appeal on Jan. 29, 2017
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