June 27, 2002

(1/12/1922 - 6/21/2002)

James C. McWilliam, 80, of Memphis, MO, died June 21, 2002 at the Missouri Veterans Home in Mexico, MO.

He was born the son of Aven and Lerah (Shanks) McWilliam on January 12, 1922, in Scotland County, MO.

James was a very smart man, graduating with honors from Northeast Missouri State Teachers College in Kirksville, MO, with a degree in chemistry. He had hoped to become a doctor.

During World War II, he served in the United States Army Medical Corps as a surgical technician. James saw action at Normandy and in the campaigns in Rhineland. For his service, he earned four bronze stars and a Good Conduct Medal plus was entitled to wear the European Africa Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon and two overseas service bars.

Following his discharge in January 1946, he returned home and worked on his farm. James had livestock and was a row crop farmer.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his cousin, Bertha Ross of Illinois; three cousins and family, neighbors and friends.

Graveside services were held June 24, 2002, at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery near Crawford in Scotland County, MO, with the Reverend Charles McCracken officiating. Military honors were performed by the Wallace W. Gillespie Memorial V.F.W. Post #4958 of Memphis, MO. Memorials have been suggested to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements were handled by Gerth Funeral Service from their Memphis, MO chapel.

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