John Coleman McWilliams, Jr. | 1933 - 2010 | Obituary

John Coleman McWilliams, Jr.
John Coleman McWilliams, Jr.

February 23, 1933 - August 20, 2010

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U.S. VeteranJohn Coleman McWilliams, Jr., of Berea, passed away Friday, August 20, 2010 at Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington.

John was a lifetime member of Whites Memorial Presbyterian Church in Berea, where he served as a deacon and elder. He was a veteran of the Korean War, having served in the United States Air Force. John was a boyscout leader for several years. He had many passions, including music, animals, and motorcycles. John spent time competing in motorcycle trials competition with his sons. He retired from Gibson Greetings in Berea in 1991 after 20 years. He also was a farmer and managed the Madison County Skeet Club.

John was preceded in death by his parents John Clay and Tommie McWilliams of Berea, and his brother-in-law, Hal Gordon Perry, of Humboldt, Tennessee.

Survivors include: his wife of 53 years, Shirley McWilliams, of Berea; two sons, John Coleman (Michelle) McWilliams, of Berea, and James Clayton “Jim” (Linda) McWilliams, of Birmingham, Alabama; two granddaughters, Jennifer (Aaron) Willis, of Berea, and Jamie McWilliams, of Birmingham, Alabama; one sister, Mary Elizabeth Perry, of Humboldt, Tennessee; one brother-in-law, Robert (Marlene) Young, of Lexington, Kentucky; two nieces, Sarah (Rick) Edmiston and Liz (Brad) Punch; and two nephews, John (Sherry) Perry and H. Gordon (Joni) Perry.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 24, 2010 at Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home with Rev. Truman Geeslin officiating. Burial will follow in the Richmond Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Mike Peters, John Rice, Edgar “Peck” Johnson, Jerry Lakes, Joe Hagan, and Kenny Harrison.

Honorary pallbearers will be Todd Moberly, Bill Sutter, Algan Lake, Jesse Maupin, and Roy VanWinkle.

Visitation will be from 5:00- 9:00 p.m. on Monday, August 23, 2010 at Oldham, Roberts & Powell.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to Whites Memorial Presbyterian Church, 400 White Station Road, Berea, Kentucky 40403.

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