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James Hay McNally

August 31, 1943November 5, 2020

James Hay McNally, “Jim Mack”, age 77 of Charlotte, NC, passed away peacefully on the afternoon of November 5, 2020.

He is survived by son Sean, three daughters June, Brooke and Erin, six grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Jim was born on August 31, 1943 in Petersburg, Virginia to James Henry and Doris Phillips McNally. He lived in Virginia for only a short time before moving, spending the majority of his boyhood in Washington, DC. That is where, even as a young boy, he blossomed into an entrepreneur; winning a much sought after trip to Hawaii through his successful enterprise with local a newspaper route. Jim attended Catholic school and served as an altar boy at his church.

When in his teens, Jim's family moved to Kannapolis, NC where he enjoyed some small fame by painting the billboard portrait of the star of his senior class play. He graduated from Winecoff High School with the class of '61 and joined the United States Navy that same summer.

Serving his boot camp training in Long Beach, CA, Jim then attended electronic and fire control school in Bainbridge, Maryland. It was during this time that he married his high school sweetheart and mother of his four children. Leaving Bainbridge, Jim was assigned to the US Naval Base in San Diego, California aboard the USS Diachenko where he served as a fire control technician. His ship was deployed to take part in the naval blockade during the Cuban Missile Crisis in October of 1962.

After being discharged from the Navy, Jim moved back to his hometown, worked several different jobs, and decided his future was in a college education. A local accountant, hearing that Jim wanted a degree in accounting, hired him as an apprentice, and he put himself through school while working there and raising a family. As if that wasn't enough, he volunteered with the Cabarrus County Rescue Squad and also did a stent as a drummer in a small rock band.

In the late 60's, Jim was offered a sales job with a large national photography company with outlets all over the country. He moved many times with this job, becoming a manager and eventually moving back to the Charlotte area as a corporate executive before leaving to set his own path, first in real estate sales in the late 1980’s.

By the end of the century, in the late ‘90’s, Jim bought Tommy’s Pub on Central Avenue. Until the day it was forced to shut down due to zoning in 2016, his pub remained one of the oldest, most popular dive bars in the Charlotte area.

The things that Jim’s friends and family will remember most about him are how intelligent, and wise he was; he was also very humble, friendly, and kind. He was a genuinely good man, who will be missed more than he would have ever known.

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Becky McNally

November 26, 2020

You were my first love and the father of my four wonderful children. You have always held, and forever will hold a special place in my heart. Your fight is over now. Peace be with you, Jim.

Charlie Tilman

November 24, 2020

I have a lot of great memories of Jim. I remember that he made sure to introduce himself and shake my hand the first time I ever walked into Tommy's Pub as a stranger, which I've never had the owner of a place do outside of Tommy's. I remember sitting on the bench outside and swapping Navy stories with him. Most of all, I remember that Jim always seemed pleased to see me, and others when we came to the pub. He was a genuine guy and a good man and I'll miss him dearly. My condolences to his family and loved ones.

Brian Chance

November 24, 2020

My Heart goes out to the Family. I have known the family for over 30 years and Jim will be missed. He was very fortunate to have such a advocate in Brooke. I know that he greatly appreciated all that she did for him. I know that it was not easy to see him endure the years of treatment but you did all that you could do and were there for him.I know that I cannot take away the pain but I pray for your peace.

goose mcelhattan

November 24, 2020

HE WAS A GOOD MAN . Touched many lives, and will be missed

Stephanie Thieker

November 24, 2020

Thank you for your service!

We will all remember you and miss you!
Thank you for keeping the Pub going and making our pub family what it is today.

It was a pleasure working with you, thank you for all of the wisdom and introducing me to cool television-
May you Rest In Peace!
Love always,
Stephanie and family

Craig Hempfling

November 15, 2020

New Jim for about 30 years. He was a laid-back man with a good sense of humor andHerman Munster laugh. Had lots of fun before he took over Tommy's pub and after he took over Tommy's pub. Beloved his daughter and granddaughters he was proud of their singing but not very proud of my singing. Love you Jim see you on the other side in heaven. Glad you are out of pain you will be missed buy a lot of people. Take care my friend.

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