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Posted: Monday, January 15, 2018 2:22 pm | Updated: 11:43 am, Tue Jan 16, 2018.

11/1/1929 - 1/11/2018

   James “Jim” W. McDonald, Jr., was born in Knoxville, TN., On Nov. 1st, 1929, to father James W. McDonald, Sr. and mother Gladys Ward McDonald. He is survived by his wife Tina McDonald, and children Corrine “Corkie” (Randy) Wood, of Michigan, Jamye McDonald of Texas and Kim McDonald (Scott) Folwell of Washington. William McDonald predeceased his brother Jim. Deceased children are daughter Terri Adams and son Jimmy McDonald. Grandchildren are Chris Johnson (MI), Constance Johnson (deceased), Iris Craig (Spain), Forrest Craig (WA), and Jenni (Adam) Adams (CO), and great grandchildren Taylor Johnson (MI) and Scarlett Rose Adams (CO).

   Jim graduated from Edison High in Miami in 1948 and started college at the University of Miami. While attending college, Jim and Tina met as he walked into a grocery store owned by Tina’s parents, to buy a sandwich for lunch. It was love at first bite/sight, she was 17, he was 20. 

  They married on June 14th, 1952. “I will not be left at home alone” she tells Jim, “I want to be your partner and do everything with you.” “Hang on for the ride sweetheart…. I promise you, you will never be bored!” And so, their journey began.

   After completing his undergraduate work Jim completed three additional years of Law School at U of M, then, he and Tina moved to Atlanta where he completed his Law Degree graduating from Emory University Law School in 1956. After also graduating from ROTC while attending college Jim was commissioned in 1956 into the United States Air Force as a 2nd Lieutenant.       From 1954 to 1962 they were busy building their family of five children. As an attorney, banker and a real estate developer Jim and Tina were very busy building their life together and moved back to Homestead in 1957 where they raised their children and called Homestead home. Jim opened his law practice there and never looked back.

   He was a member of the Florida Bar Association for 50 years and specialized in Corporate Tax, Estate & Trust Planning, and Real Estate Law including Eminent Domain where he won his largest case against the Army Corp of Engineers and the State of Florida. He was a member of the Supreme Court for the State of Florida and there, made it possible for the results of Lie Detector tests to be admissible evidence in the Supreme Court of the State of Florida. Jim was also the founder of Community Bank of Florida.

   Memorial Services will be held at Redlands Community Church, 14601 SW 248th St., Homestead, FL 33033, Tuesday, Jan. 16th, 2018, at 2:00pm.

   The family requests that memorial gifts be designated to Dementia Research at Mayo Clinic. Gifts can be mailed directly to Mayo Clinic, Department of Development, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905. Family and friends can also make donations to Mayo Clinic by phone at 1-855-852-8129, or Online at https://philanthropy.mayoclinic.org/donatemc. Whichever method you use, please indicate that the donation is a memorial gift.