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H.M. Patterson & Son-Arlington Chapel

173 Allen Road Ne, Sandy Springs, GA

OBITUARY

James Ross MCCAIN

April 21, 1935November 30, 2019

James Ross McCain, 84, of Epworth, GA and formerly of Atlanta, passed away November 30, 2019. Mr. McCain had a full and exciting life.

He was born in Birmingham, AL, April 23, 1935 to parents, the late Charles Lee McCain and Lillou Burns McCain. He studied at Birmingham Southern, Auburn University, and Emory Medical School.

His passion was Formula One racing. While in medical school he had a serious accident on February 14, 1962, while racing in the Formula One Race in Daytona Beach, FL. His car, a Lister Jaguar, flipped and caused him to lose most of his right arm. He spent the next three months in a body cast ending his career in racing and medical school.

He went on finishing his education at Emory receiving a degree in biochemistry. The following 40 years he worked for Emory University in digestive disease research with Dr. Johns T. Galambos. During those years he received his pilot’s license, purchased several planes, and flew until 2007.

After retiring in Blue Ridge, GA he earned his real estate and home builder’s licenses.

He loved boating and was an avid hiker and hunter. He loved his horses and hunting dogs.

He was a loving husband and father. He is survived by his wife, Joanna McCain; daughter Sherry Simon (Al); brother Dr. Paul McCain (Lucy); grandchildren Rob Simon (Liz), Allison Anderson (Eric); 8 great grandchildren; step daughters Maureen Galan (Dr. Vincent Galan), Tami Oliver; step sons the late Dr. Carlos Barbas III (Annica), Dr. Daniel Oliver (Yan Ping) and several step grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, American Cancer Society, or International Humane Society.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Services

25 January

Memorial Service

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Blue Ridge United Methodist Church

235 Orvin Lance Dr.
Blue Ridge, GA 30513

Memories

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Rick Murphy

December 18, 2019

It was a pleasure to know Ross during our time in Blue Ridge. He was a good friend, excellent builder and one of the most honest people you would ever know. Ross lived life his own way and it was always a treat to spend time with him.

Jeff and Gail O'Neill

December 17, 2019

It has been a joy getting to know Ross and Joanna. They are precious people. Ross was certainly a man who wore many hats and enjoyed staying busy. He told Jeff and I about how he enjoyed getting up early, going to the real estate office, and enjoying his first cup of coffee. And, he was always ready to tell a story. Ross will be greatly missed.
Deepest sympathy to Joanna and family.
Jeff and Gail O'Neill

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY