James O’Neal McKisic, Sr., 88, of Goodlettsville, entered into the joy of his Lord on Thursday August 13, 2020 at NHC Healthcare in Springfield. In honor of his wishes, his remains will be cremated, and a private family Celebration of Life will be held.
Mr. McKisic was born December 3, 1931 in Springfield to the late Sidney Dilliard and Myrtle Conn McKisic. He accepted Christ at an early age at Jerusalem Temple in Springfield. He attended school in the Robertson County School system. Mr. McKisic served 15 years in the Army and Airforce branches of service. He was one of the first African American Dental Specialist in the armed forces. His declarations and awards from the military included the Army of Occupation Medal (Germany), and the National Defense Service Medal. Mr. McKisic retired from Delight Products in Springfield. He also worked at State Stove in Ashland City, was an Orderly for 15 years at Jesse Holman Jones Hospital, and following retirement from Delight Products, he worked at Al’s Foods in White House. Mr. McKisic was a kind hearted man that went out of his way to assist anyone that he saw in need. A service man at heart and was detail oriented in everyway of his life. He loved his family dearly and shared this with all that crossed his path.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wives: Edna Shannon McKisic and Mary Wright McKisic, by his son: James O’Neal “Jimmy” McKisic, Jr., by is grandson: Deitrick Bell, by his siblings: Henry McKisic, Mary Emma McKisic Jordan, Sidney Dilliard McKisic, Jr., Mary Elizabeth McKisic, Daisy Belle McKisic, Paul McKisic, and Charles Holland, and by his step children: Curt Wright, Jr, Bobbi Jean Wright, and Gloria Faye Wright.
Mr. McKisic leaves to cherish his memory his daughters and sons-in-law: Rhonda Rachelle McKisic Bell and Reverend Robert E. Bell of Cross Plains, Reverend Darlene Renay McKisic Gardner and Lonnie Gardner of Mt. Washington, KY, his daughter-in-law: Liz McKisic of Adairville, KY, his grandchildren: Demetria Bell Duncan and husband Lamar, Christopher McKisic, Lonnie Gardner, Jr. and wife Megan, Felicia McKisic, and Jonathon Gardner and wife Amy, by his great grandchildren: Jude, Bryce, and Clarke Gardner, by his step sons: Willie Roy and Larry Wright, by a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
Mr. McKisic’s family wishes to extend a special thanks to neighbors: James Taylor and John Jernigan, to Caris Hospice, to Dr. Gilbert Bazaldua and staff, and to the nursing staff at NHC Healthcare and North Crest Medical Center.
Robertson County Funeral Home in charge of arrangements
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