Mr. Jimmy N. McCain, 78, of Waynesboro, Mississippi, passed from this life Friday, April 23, 2021 at his residence surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Butler, Alabama, on July 7, 1942 to John Henry McCain and Mary Virginia Wall McCain.
He was a graduate of Millry High School and completed his undergraduate education at the University of Southern Mississippi. After receiving his master’s degree from Troy State University, he worked over 30 years in public education as a teacher, coach, and school administrator.
Mr. McCain impacted the lives of countless young people as a high school coach. His coaching career began in 1966 at Wicksburg High School. In 1971 moved to Cottonwood High School, assuming the role of Head Football Coach in 1978. In football, he led his CHS teams to a 94-21 mark, winning five Wiregrass Athletic Conference titles, six Area 4 titles, a state runner-up finish, and the 1986 2A State Championship. After leading the 1986 team to a 15-0 record, McCain was named 2A Coach of the Year by the Alabama Sportswriters Association.
In two terms as head baseball coach (1972-1976 and 1981-1988) McCain posted a mark of 135-17. Under his leadership, the Bears won seven Wiregrass Athletic Conference championships, seven area crowns and four 2A State Championships in 1981, 1985, 1986 and 1987. During this stretch they set an AHSAA record by winning 53 consecutive games, and posting an overall record of 67-3.
In 1988, Mr. McCain moved to Waynesboro, Mississippi, and assumed the position of head football coach for Wayne Central High School. He later retired from coaching and finished his educational career as an administrator in the Wayne County School District.
In 2000, he was inducted in the Wiregrass Sports Hall of Fame. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather, and a member of First Baptist Church of Waynesboro.
Mr. McCain is preceded in death by his parents, John Henry McCain and Mary Virginia Wall McCain; son, Jimmy Neil "Bo" McCain, II; brother, Charles Victor "Bubba" McCain. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Mavis Britton McCain, Waynesboro, Mississippi; son, Gregory Britton "Scooter" McCain (Dana), Dothan, Alabama; daughter, Robyn McCain Chastain (Scott), Leroy, Alabama; brother, John Val McCain, Millry, Alabama; three sisters, Jean McCain O'Neal, Chatom, Alabama, Janis McCain Baughman, Silas, Alabama, Diane McCain Allday, Tibbie, Alabama; four grandchildren, Neileigh Chastain Westbrook (Tyler), Laura Whitney Chastain, Gregory Britton McCain, Jr., Virginia Clifton McCain.
Visitation for Mr. McCain will be held from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM, Monday, April 26, 2021 at First Baptist Church of Waynesboro in Waynesboro, Mississippi. Funeral Services will be held at 3:00 PM Monday, April 26, 2021 at First Baptist Church of Waynesboro in Waynesboro, Mississippi with Dr. Steve Smith officiating. Interment will be in Chapel Hill Cemetery in Millry, Alabama.
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