OBITUARY

Maggie Lee McNair

January 24, 1936May 27, 2021
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Maggie Lee McNair was born on January 24, 1936 in Vaiden, Mississippi. She peacefully went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, May 27, 2021 surrounded by her family in Nashville, Tennessee.

She was the one and only child of James and Laura Ghoston. She accepted Christ at an early age, and belonged to the Christ Universal Temple where she took classes to further her spiritual awareness. She received her education from the Chicago Public School System and graduated second in her class from Inglewood High School. As a result, she received a scholarship to the University of Chicago.

In 1955, she married Johnny Frank Mabon; Deborah Ann Atkins and Johnny Edward Mabon were born from their union. She later married John Willie McNair in 1964; Leslie Monique McNair and Jeffery Nicholas McNair are her youngest children. She is preceded in death by her life-long partner, Nicholas G. Watkins. Maggie retired from the Federal Government’s G.S.A. Data Analysis department after 40 years of dedicated service.

Maggie had a magnetic personality whose energy would light up any room. To know her, was to love and adore her. She enjoyed watching sports - especially basketball and tennis, playing cards, getting her nails painted red, and spending quality time with family. She was a courageous, strong woman who was known to motivate others by saying, “There is nothing that you can’t do!”

She was affectionally loved by her children and grandchildren, also known as Nana’s Sweet Babies. Those left behind to cherish her memories are her four devoted children, Deborah Atkins Chicago, IL, Johnny (Valerie) Mabon Nashville, TN, Leslie McNair Nashville, TN, Jeffrey (Dianna) McNair Chicago, IL; seven Sweet Babies, Joseph Scott, Taylor (Kevin) Hill, Kelley Mabon, Ashley Pender-Bey, Jeffrey McNair Jr., Joshua McNair, & Ethan McNair; one Extra Sweet Baby, Jayda Scott; dear friend Wanda Smith; and a host of other relatives, friends, and neighbors.

Services

  • A Gathering of Family and Friends

    Saturday, June 12, 2021

  • Celebration of Life Memorial Service

    Saturday, June 12, 2021

Memories

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Audrey Morton

July 14, 2021

Maggie McNair was a cousin of my boyfriend Charles Radcliffe, whom I adored and cherished at the time. I was 16 y/o when Charles took me to meet Maggie and she was such a joy to be around. She spoke her mind and would have me in stitches laughing in regards to some of her comments. She told me that Charles felt like a brother to her rather than a cousin. She missed him dearly when he passed away and now she will be missed by many. Audrey ( Jones). Morton.

Julie Ridgeway

June 23, 2021

Maggie was larger than life! She was always getting on to me for doing stupid things, like picking up strangers and driving them home. She made me promise that I would never do it again, and I haven’t 😁 Her and Leslie spent Thanksgiving with us a few years ago, we had a wonderful time. She always had a story to tell. She was so funny! I am going to miss Mommy dearly!

Leslie McNair

June 21, 2021

My mommy and here are no words that will express the love I have for you. What you’ve shown me in my life has made me the woman I am. The greatest gift you ever gave me was teaching, showing and expressing the Lord. It is the gift that keeps on giving. You were the best Mom ever. Thank you for always being there for me and teaching me that when things are not as they should be for me to be still and know God is. Until we meet again.

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