James Fletcher McCool, Jr., age 80, of Mena, Arkansas passed away Saturday, January 9, 2021 at his home surrounded by his family.

He was born January 27, 1940 in Augusta, Georgia to the late James F. McCool, Sr. and Hilda Hee Foy McCool. He was united in marriage to Barbara Boblitt. James was a lifelong member of Christian Motorcycle Association (CMA), serving as the State Representative, he served in a prison ministery, a Mason, and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Mena. He served in the United States Coast Guard as a Lighthouse Keeper at Kilauea Point Kaua’I. He was the last living Lighthouse Keeper. After serving in the Coast Guard, he worked for NASA in both Hawaii and Houston, Texas. Later in life he retired from Tyson. James enjoyed photography, music, singing, hunting and target shooting as just a few of his favorite past times. He was a loving and caring husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle and friend.

James was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Maxine Rogers, Peggy Scott and Carol Dukes. He is survived by his wife of 8 years, Barbara; sons, James Ikaika Mikioi McCool and Jason Christopher McCool; daughter, Elvira Makanalanikia; many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other family members too numerous to mention.

Mr. McCool will be sent for cremation under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.



1-11-21 1:41 p.m. KAWX.ORG

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