James E. McDavid III, '56
James Edward McDavid III (Jim) was born in Columbia, South Carolina, on December 31, 1933, and passed away on April 24, 2014.Jim was the son of the late James Edward and Lillian Bonnette McDavid. He had one sister, the late Bonnie Ahrens, and a sister-in-law, Anne Brennan Buller of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Jim married the late Joan Claire Brennan of Coaldale, Pennsylvania, and together they raised four children—James, Marybeth, Patrick and Anne Maureen. Jim and Joan married in Columbia, South Carolina, on February 23, 1957, and were devoted to each other until Joan passed away August 23, 2006. Jim remarried Bettie Dunn Cranford of Lexington, North Carolina, in 2008; she was at his side when he passed away.Jim graduated from The Citadel in 1956 and was commissioned an Officer in the United States Marine Corps, serving in Vietnam in 1965-1966 and received a Bronze Star for valor. Following his service, he worked in several management positions with companies of Scott Paper in Mobile, Alabama, RCA on Andros Island, Bahamas, General Electric in Memphis, Tennessee, and Lockheed Martin in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and retired in 1994 to Huntersville, North Carolina. Jim and Joan later moved to Southport in 2003 to be near their daughter Marybeth.Jim was a parishioner of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Southport. He was 4th Degree Knight of Columbus and former Faithful Navigator. Jim was a member of the Sea Notes Choral Society. Jim is survived by his wife, Bettie McDavid of Southport; sons and wives Jim and Amy McDavid of Fredericksburg, Virginia, Patrick and Jane McDavid of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina; daughters and husbands Marybeth and George Ray of Southport and Anne Maureen and Chuck Cates of Galloway Township, New Jersey; step-son and wife Brent and Jamie Cranford of Cooleemee, North Carolina, and step-daughter and husband Cheryl and Paul Fox of Butler, Tennessee. Jim has 12 grandchildren and six step-grandchildren, a great-granddaughter and two step-great-grandchildren.A funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 1, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Southport. Military honors will be provided by the United States Marine Corps.Jim will be greatly missed and his memory cherished. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the ALS Association or Lower Cape Fear Hospice.You may send online condolences to www.peacocknewnamwhite.com.Peacock-Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service, Southport.
April 28, 2014