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Jack McMahan

July 22, 1932October 16, 2020
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Jack W. McMahan, 88, of Hot Springs, Arkansas passed away Friday, October 16th, 2020 surrounded by his loving family.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents, Clyde and Helen McMahan; wives, Carolyn McKenna McMahan (mother of his only surviving child) and Flora Carson McMahan; son, Bradford; brothers Rex McMahan, Major McMahan, and Joe McMahan; nieces Salli Summer Sexton Reding and Heather Vale; and nephew, Dr. Gary McMahan.

Jack was an accomplished athlete from grade school through High School, graduating from Hot Springs High in 1952. Jack’s first adventure in baseball came by the way of the Hot Springs Boys Club. He continued his baseball career through High School by playing (pitching) on the American Legion team. During his senior year of High School, Jack signed with the New York Yankees which was the dream of every boy at that time. Jack remained with the Yankee’s farm system as a relief pitcher through 1955 when he was drafted by the Pittsburg Pirates. At the age of 26, Jack retired from a well-pitched career in professional baseball.

Jack continued his baseball legacy by coaching the Spas American Legion Team (1965-1974) and as a scout for the Saint Louis Cardinals. When the Cardinals won the 1967 World Series, Jack was awarded a World Series Ring.

Following his playing days, Jack returned to Hot Springs where he and his brother (Major) owned Big J Liquor Store. Later the brothers opened The Oyster Bar and Night Train Club in downtown Hot Springs.

In the late 1960’s, Dane Harris recruited Jack to start Belvedere Sales Company -launching his successful career in Turf Equipment Sales. Belvedere Sales Company under Jack’s leadership became Capital Equipment Company, the lead distributor for turf equipment in the state of Arkansas. Jack retired from Golf Cars of Arkansas after 32 successful years. During his career Jack served in numerous rolls in the Arkansas Golf Course Superintendents Association and the Arkansas Turf Grass Association.

Cherishing his memory are his daughter Dr. Cathi McMahan and partner Lynn Keith of Morrilton; step-daughter Sheree Young Ranson and husband Foley of Ocean Springs, MS; his loving sister Clyda McMahan Sexton and husband Gary of Hot Springs; Sister-in-laws Sheila McKenna Kinzer of Racine, WI and Vickey McKenna Pedersen (Pete) of Medford, OR.; thirteen nieces and nephews; nine step-grandchildren; sixteen step-great grandchildren; and a host of friends and extended family.

Jack was a true family man. As the oldest of five, he served as the Big Brother to his siblings, extended family, and to anyone in need.

You could always count on Jack.

He will be missed by everyone who knew him.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Arkansas Tech University Foundation for the Jack McMahan Endowed Scholarship at Arkansas Tech University, 1509 N. Bolder Ave. Room 209, Russellville, AR 72801 or www.atualumni.com

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, October 22, 2020

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  • A Celebration of Jack's Life

    Thursday, October 22, 2020

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Memories

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Ellis Cokes

October 22, 2020

I knew McMahan family my entire life and was good friends with Jack, Rex and Major. Good people and we had a lot of fun over the years Jack will be missed. Sincerely, Ellis Cokes

Kelly Martin

October 22, 2020

My memories of spending time with Jack and Flo during their stay at the Atrium are precious to me. He loved our outings as we toured his old stomping grounds and visited many restaurants for fun lunches, telling stories and laughing.
He was a loving, outgoing man greeting everyone with a smile and a funny comment or two.
I believe many little boys benefited from his ensuring that they could enjoy baseball as much as he did.
May all his family and friends be comforted with their memories too. I will always fondly remember him.

Laura Darling

October 21, 2020

I was going back to Fort Leonardwood and totaled my car. My Uncle Jack saved me I was in the the VA hospital!!! Love u Jack Cathi took care of me when I needed a place to stay!!! I love u Cathi and Lynn!!!

David Kinzer

October 21, 2020

Cathi , I know your hurting at this time but this is time to reflect on all the good that your dad brought to you and everyone else he was around . He was a humble man with a big heart. I will always remember the times he brought laughter to all with stories he would tell of his ball days. Just sitting her thinking of him when he went golfing with myself and my brothers and he wore his cowboy boots. It’s the first and only time I’ve seen cowboy boots on a golf course. That’s who he was - a MacMahan. Thinking of you- Dave

Kathy Mowery

October 21, 2020

Sympathy and prayers for solace in your loss of a fine gentlemen. My father-in-law, Charlie Mowery and he were friends for many years, due to their love of baseball. Always a smile and on his way to see his wife when we saw him at the Atrium. He never failed to ask about Janie, my mother-in-law and many times stopped and talked to us, when her door was open. He will be missed by many!

Sheila Kinzer

October 20, 2020

I have a huge hole in my heart to not being able to attend the service for Jack. Jack was not only my brother-in-law, my friend & my buddy. I will always cherish the wonderful memories of him. I will watch over Cathi, which he would want because she is like a daughter to me & a part of our family. RIP Jack.
Sheila

Deby Davis

October 20, 2020

Cathi, I know you were proud of your dad and hope you feel surrounded by love at this trying time. Cherish the fond memories. With love and sympathy, Deby and Mike

FROM THE FAMILY
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Jack Wiley McMahan was born the eldest son of Clyde and Helen McMahan.

FROM THE FAMILY

Jack was followed by brothers Rex, Major, and Joe; and the baby sister to them all, Clyda.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

Jack Wiley McMahan was born the eldest son of Clyde and Helen McMahan.

FROM THE FAMILY

Jack was followed by brothers Rex, Major, and Joe; and the baby sister to them all, Clyda.

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Jack was an accomplished athlete from grade school through high school.

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