Mr. James Albert McKinnon, 83

Mr. James Albert McKinnon, age 83, of Douglas, GA, 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 U.S. Army serving in Germany during the Korean Conflict era 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; one son,  J.  Al McKinnon and wife Pam of St. Simons, GA; two daughters, Leigh Ann McKinnon of Douglas, GA, and Lynee McKinnon Willison and husband Guye of Atlanta, GA; five grandchildren, Ashton McKinnon of Los Angeles, CA, Bryce McKinnon of Charlotte, NC, Blake McKinnon of St. Simons Island, GA, Nick Queen of Clemson, SC, and Abby Queen of Atlanta, GA; one brother, Austin McKinnon of Jacksonville, FL; one sister, Eloise Ely of Douglas; several nieces and nephews.

The funeral service was held on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, at 3 p.m. at First Baptist Church, with Dr. Shep Johnson and Rev. Don Hattaway officiating.  Entombment followed in the Dixie Mausoleum at Douglas City Cemetery. 

Pallbearers were grandchildren Bryce and Blake McKinnon and Nick Queen with nephews Cam and Brian McKinnon and Greg Ely.

Honorary pallbearers were Charles Warnock Sunday School Class, Jim Wilkerson, Tommy Sheppard, Walter Huckaby, Fred Binder, Lyle Gordon, Tom & Marsha Earnest, Bob Preston, Tom Preston, Ken Henry, Bob Moore, Charles Cross, Ronnie Anderson, Reggie Gilliard, Ray & Sandi Cason, Waldo Chaney, Norman Fletcher, Tullis Allen, Roger Allen, Tommy & Betty Bates, and Louis & Ruby Harper.

Special musical selections included “You Raise Me Up” and “Wind Beneath My Wings” presented by the soloist Gayland Collins with Marsha Gilliard at the piano and an Instrumental of “It Is Well” presented by the pianist Marsha Gilliard.  Prelude and postlude soft hymns were rendered by pianist Marsha Gilliard.

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 or by making a donation in his name to Bethany Hospice for the care needs in the future. 

Ricketson Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

The Douglas Enterprise

P.O. Box 750
Douglas, Georgia 31534

Phone: (912) 384-2323
Fax: (912) 383-0218