James McDougall Jr., 87: Gentleman ‘appreciated the little things’

Calhoun McDougall was the epitome of a Southern gentleman.

“He respected everyone and treated them with utmost respect,” said his daughter Mary Lee McCrary.

He had a keen ability to read people, along with great character and integrity, said his son James McDougall III: “He was a stand-up guy.”

McDougall, an Atlanta naive, graduated from Marist College Military Academy and the University of Georgia. While at Marist, McDougall was President of Theta Kappa Omega Fraternity. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Throughout his adolescence he was an avid baseball player. “He was really good,” said McCrary. He could pitch with both hands,” his son added.

He was a star pitcher for the Bolton Mill team in the Chattahoochee Industrial League for two years. His team won 20 games and lost four with him on the mound.

James Calhoun McDougall Jr. of Atlanta died Oct. 18 of natural causes. He was 87. A memorial service was held Oct. 23 at St. Philips Cathedral, 2744 Peachtree Rd. N.W. H.M. Patterson & Son-Spring Hill Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

“He enjoyed the real things in life,” said McCrary.

McDougall was employed at the Fulton National Bank for 38 years and enjoyed spending his time away from work with his wife of 64 years, his children, and the University of Georgia Bulldogs.

“Every Saturday we were at the Sanford Stadium,” said McCrary.

A man of tradition, during football season he watched the game on Sundays and watched the rerun on Saturdays with a bowl of tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich.

“He appreciated the little things in life,” McCrary said.

He also enjoyed hunting, and he had traveled to Sweden, Germany, France, Bali, Mexico and other countries.

He was a member of the Piedmont Driving Club, the Chi Phi Fraternity, North Fulton Optimist Club, American Legion Post 134 and the Military Order of World Wars and was a charter member of the Piedmont Literary Society.

His children remember time spent with their father and the life lessons he taught by example.

“He would drive us to the lake to fish and would take us on trips. He was always interested in including us,” said James McDougall III.

“He taught me lessons in life gently. He always took care of (mom) and he took care of us,” McCrary added.

In addition to his son and daughter McDougall is survived by his wife, Mary Lee Higgins; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

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