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James Byron McCain

August 11, 1932 - September 1, 2014

James Byron McCain, 82, passed away peacefully Sept 1, 2014 following a long and heartbreaking battle with Alzheimer's disease. Funeral service will be held  at 4 PM, September 6th at First Baptist Church, DeRidder, Louisiana with Rev. Steve Thomas and Rev. Lindsey Burns officiating.  Visitation will be from 4 to 9 PM Friday Sept 5th at Myers-Colonial Funeral Home, DeRidder, Louisiana. Burial will be in the Rosepine Cemetery under direction of Myers-Colonial Funeral Home.

Byron was born August 11, 1932 in Rosepine, Louisiana to  Earl and Bertha McCain. Byron is survived by his wife of 58 years, Glenita, and his beloved sons: Gerald McCain and wife, Lisa of  DeRidder, James McCain and wife, Mandy of North Richland Hills, TX; and 4 grandchildren, Brandon McCain, Ryan McCain, Katy Frazier and James Patrick Frazier.

He attended Northwestern State University in 1954. Upon graduation from NSU he served his country in the United States Air Force as a fighter pilot.  Upon completion of  his service in the USAF, he began his career in Education teaching Music and Math at Rosepine High School. In addition to teaching, he served as Guidance Counselor for 16 years and Principal for 14 years.

Byron's dedication to his Lord and Savior led him to serve as the Music Director at Rosepine First Baptist Church for almost 50 years. He also served as a deacon and was a member of Gideons International for many years.

He served on the Board of Directors for the Vernon Parish Library. He was a past president of the Vernon Parish Retired Teachers Association.  He served nine years as a member on the Board of Trustees of West Louisiana Health Services.  He was a past member of the Executive Committee of Louisiana Principals Association.  He had served as vice president on the Board of Trustees for Beauregard Memorial Hospital from 1990-1993. He had been on the Board of Directors for the Beauregard Christian Women's Job Corps. He was a former member of the Joy Singers, First Baptist Church DeRidder.

In lieu of flowers the family respectfully requests remembrances be made  in Byron's name to DeRidder First Baptist Church, 2030 Hwy 171, DeRidder, LA 70634, or the Gideons International, P. O. Box 1014, DeRidder, LA 70634. His family wishes to acknowledge the loving and dedicated care he received from the Southwest Louisiana War Veterans Home in Jennings, Louisiana.

James Byron McCain
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