SEBRING, Fla. — Lt. Colonel James Murphy McDonald, retired, 92, died on Monday, June 20, 2011, in Sebring, Fla. He was born in Hamlet on Dec. 17, 1918, to Joseph Murphy and Pearl Swaim McDonald. He retired from the U.S. Air Force as a Lt. Colonel, serving during WWII, Korea and Vietnam. He was a member of The First United Methodist Church, the Masonic Lodge, and the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America.
He is survived by his sons, James M. McDonald Jr. of Scottsdale, Arizona, and John R. McDonald of Nashville, Tenn.; sister, Josephine Rees of Rock Hill, S.C.; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, June 24, 2011, at 11 a.m. at the Stephenson-Nelson Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will be 1 hour before service time beginning at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Florida National Cemetery on Monday, June 27, 2011, with full military honors.
Contributions may be made in his memory to the Wounded Warriors Project, 4899 Belford Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, Fla. 32256. Arrangements have been entrusted to Stephenson-Nelson Funeral Home of Sebring, Fla.