James Oliver McKeehan. Sr.

May 16, 1936 ~ June 9, 2011

James O. McKeehan, 75, of Lake Charles passed away, Thursday, June 9, 2011 in his residence.

He was a native of Knoxville, TN and lived in Lake Charles since 1978. Mr. McKeehan served as a Pilot in the USAF during the Vietnam War and retired as a Major. Major McKeehan was twice awarded the Bronze Star. After retiring from the service he served as Assistant Manager for the Lake Charles Municipal Airport. He was part owner of Fleur de leis Apartments until 2008. Mr. McKeehan lived and breathed Tennessee Volunteer Football, but his greatest passion was cooking for his children and grandchildren. He and his wife enjoyed traveling, especially to Mazatlan Mexico.

He is survived by his wife of forty-eight years, Joyce Guillory McKeehan; one daughter, Laura McKeehan Henry and husband Jeff; one son, James Oliver McKeehan, Jr. all of Lake Charles; five grandchildren, Hannah, Beau, Aaron, Meryl, and Katie; one brother, George McKeehan and wife Carole, and the family's special friend Denise Hughes of Lake Charles and numerous nieces and nephews.

His Memorial Service will be at 2:00 PM, Saturday, June 11, 2011 in the Johnson Funeral Home Chapel. Harry Methvin will officiate. A gathering of friends and family will be from noon until time of service, Saturday, in the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Vietnam Veterans of America or the Wounded Soldier Project.

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  1. Dear Joyce and all the family,I am so sorry to hear of the death of your dear husband,James. What a wonderful life and honorable man he was. God blessed you with 48 great years together, but the unbearable pain is so hard at this time.I pray God will give you and your family His strength and comforting love in the days ahead. With my love, prayers and deepest sympathy! Frances

  2. Dear Joyce and family: Norris and I would like to send our sincere condolences for your loss. Hopefully your happpy memories of your years together will help you through your time of loss. So happy that you and Jim made the Alaskan cruise and Mexico last summer. You and Jim were blessed to share forty eight years together. Our prayers are with you, Laura and Jimmy. We send our love with this message. Peggy Norris

  3. Dear Mrs. McKeehan, Laura and the entire family,We are so sorry for your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. I'm so sorry we cannot be there in person, but we are there in spirit. Love, Martha, Scott, Marie Louise, Mac Caroline Livanec

  4. God has blessed you with a wonderful life and your strength and belief in Him will guide you through this. Jim loved you all as much as You loved him. He was a happy person and loved life, friends and family. Fondly, Alan Kratzer

  5. I feel that Jim lived a great life with his family and friends. I'm grateful for his laughter and huge smile. He was able to laugh at himself and laugh with you, which shows great character. The McKeehan family is like family to mine and I'm grateful to have them in my life and my families life. We would not be the people we are without Joyce and Laura or have the memories we have with one antother. I love you very much and hope you know that you were there for my family when we needed you and we are there for you. Scotty, Melba, Courtney and Tyler.

  6. Joyce – We are so sorry for your loss and we pray that you will receive the strength, comfort and support needed to get through these most difficult days. Love, Frank Charlotte

  7. Roselyn and I want to offer you our sincere condolences. We are thinking about you and your family at this time. Roselyn is so hard to get out at times but we are thinking about you all now.You and Jim led a great life together. Our Condolences to you and your family.Roselyn and David Hunter

  8. What a gift to have known this man and his family! I love you all and am keeping you in my prayers. I will miss the Alpha Wolf!!!

  9. What a pleasure it's been for me and my family to have Joyce Jim for neighbors. I'm so glad that I knew Jim, his wit and smile lit up the driveway as he enjoyed a cigar on the tailgate of his truck, that's how I'll always remember him. He was a fine man, and I'm so glad that I knew him. Joyce, Laura, Jeff and girls, please know that we are here for you and that you will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers. Much Love,From the Hurley/Needham Clan!

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