The Rev. Jimmy McNair

Published 12:00 am Thursday, December 27, 2007

The Rev. Jimmy

W. McNair

MAGEE – Services for the Rev. Jimmy W. McNair, 68, of Magee, who died Sunday, Dec. 23, 2007, at Bedford Care Center, in Mendenhall, will be at 11 a.m. today at Beulah Baptist Church, in Magee.

Burial will follow at the church cemetery under the direction of Upton Mims-Mitchell Funeral Home in Magee.

Bro. Jimmy fought a battle with Alzheimer’s for five and a half years.

He was a 1958 graduate of Magee High School and served six years in the Mississippi Army National Guard of Magee. He was retired from McCarty Farms-Tyson Foods on March 30, 2001. Bro. McNair was licensed on April 2, 1972 and ordained Dec. 9, 1973 to the ministry. He pastored several churches in Simpson and Adams counties. He pastored Stanton Baptist Church, in Natchez, from 1974 to 1984. The last church he pastored was Calvary Baptist Church of Sagratoga community from Aug. 1994 to Sept. 1, 2002.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Sam and Marie McNair; brothers, Gene McNair and Howard “Buckey” McNair; and sister, Joyce McNair Love.

Survivors include his wife of 47 1/2 years, Mary M. McNair of Magee; daughter, Rose Mary McNair Crocker and husband, Buddy; grandsons, Shane and Christopher Puckett; stepgrandson, Mack Crocker, all of Mendenhall; sister, Diane Wigley and friend, Louis Cherry, both of Braxton; brothers, Dr. John L. McNair and wife, Kathy, both of Carriere, the Rev. Lester “Pat” McNair and wife, Frances, and Gary McNair and wife, Margaret, all of Magee; brother-in-law, Robert “Bob” Love of Florence; sister-in-law, Kaye McNair of Madison; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Donald Rankin, Phillip Rankin, Frank Holland Lesley Johnson, Zeno Mangum III and Albert Lyons.

Honorary pallbearers will be the past and present deacons of the churches Bro. McNair pastored.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Calvary Baptist Church Building Fund, 227 Sullivan Road, Mount Olive, MS 39119 or any other charitable institution.