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James Fletcher McCool, Jr.

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, California 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 CMA serving as the State Representative, he served as prison minister, a Mason and was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Mena.

He worked for NASA after serving in the United States Coast Guard 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.

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