James McKellar


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James McKellar Towery

Jun 12 1921 - Feb 06 2010

Beloved husband, father grandfather and great-grandfather, Jim (Kel) Towery 88, of McKinney, TX went home to his Heavenly Father on February 6, 2010 from complications related to his long battle with Alzheimer’s. He was preceded in death by his father, James, mother, Thelma, and brothers Forrest and Woolridge. He is survived by one brother, Bryant, of Murfreesboro, Tennessee; his loving wife of 66 years, Nona; son, Kelly (Anne); daughter, Laura; and three grandsons: Todd (Wendy) Hall, Chad (Chimme) Hall, and Beau Hall and his fiancée, Adrienne. He is also survived by two cherished great-grandchildren, Makenzie and Tristen Hall; his special angel and caregiver, Margaret; his loving in-laws Bill and Anne Ables of Richardson, TX and their family; and longstanding friends Bobby and Mary Allen of Jackson, MS, along with a host of caring neighbors and friends. Jim dedicated his life to his family, his country, and his church. Born and raised in rural Tennessee, he joined the U.S. Navy in the summer of 1941. In 1944 he married Nona, his childhood sweetheart. In the years that followed, Jim and Nona along with their youngsters Kelly and Laura traveled from coast to coast as he proudly served his country. Upon retirement from the Navy he joined the FAA where he served as an inspector until retiring in 1982 in Jackson, MS. In 1989 Jim and Nona moved to McKinney to be near their beloved grandsons, Todd, Chad and Beau. Actively involved in their lives, he relished his role as their number one fan, cheerleader and coach. Their accomplishments and successes – on and off the playing field – brought him much joy and happiness throughout his life. In recent years he enjoyed accompanying his daughter, Laura, on frequent visits to Buckley Farms in Anna, Texas where he loved to feed carrots to the horses. “Papa”, as he was known to his grand and great-grandchildren, along with the family’s many friends and relatives, will be dearly remembered and sorely missed by many. A faithful, devoted and life-long member of the Church of Christ, he will also be missed by his many friends at McDermott Church of Christ in Plano. His family is deeply grateful to the membership for their loyal support and many kindnesses extended to him through the years. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday, February 8, 2010 from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. Funeral services will be conducted at 12:00 Noon, Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow, Allen, Texas. The family respectfully requests you consider a memorial donation to Alzheimer’s research at Alzheimer’s Association P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011, www.alz.org.
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