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James Albert McKinnon

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Mr. James Albert McKinnon, age 83, of Douglas, passed away on Sunday, April 28, 2019, at home surrounded by his family. Mr. McKinnon was born May 4, 1935, in Douglas. He was the oldest of three children of the late Jimmie McKinnon and the late Clyde Taylor McKinnon.

Mr. McKinnon spent his business career beginning as manager of B. C. Moore’s & Sons before opening Economy Auto Hardware Store, later known as OTASCO, which served the community for several decades. Not one to retire for very long, he obtained his real estate appraisal license and started McKinnon Appraisal Company, which still operates in Douglas today. He was a graduate of Douglas High School class of 1953. He was a veteran of the US Army serving in Germany during the Korean War and was an active member of First Baptist Church. Mr. McKinnon was a charter member of the Douglas Exchange Club. 

He was a loving father, husband, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend to many. He was married to Dorothy Lee Wilson McKinnon for 62 loving years. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Kyle Brantley. 

Survivors include his wife of 62 years: Dorothy Lee Wilson McKinnon of Douglas.

Survivors also include three children, son J. Al Mckinnon and wife Pam of St. Simons; daughters Leigh Ann McKinnon of Douglas and Lynee McKinnon Willison and husband Guye of Atlanta.

He was blessed with five grandchildren, Ashton McKinnon of Los Angeles, Bryce McKinnon of Charlotte, N.C., Blake McKinnon of St. Simons Island, Nick Queen of Clemson, S.C. and Abby Queen of Atlanta; brother, Austin McKinnon of Jacksonville, Fla.; and a sister, Eloise Ely of Douglas; and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 3:00 P.M. at First Baptist Church with Rev. Shep Johnson and Rev. Don Hattaway officiating. Entombment will follow in Dixie Mausoleum at the Douglas City Cemetery. 

The family will receive friends, Tuesday, April 30, 2019 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Ricketson Funeral Home. 

Pallbearers will be grandchildren Bryce and Blake McKinnon and Nick Queen along with nephews Cam and Brian McKinnon and Greg Ely.

The family expresses thanks to all for the support and prayers during this time of loss. Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry and leaving a memory at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by making a donation in his name to Bethany Hospice for the care needs in the future. 

Ricketson Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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