We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Urbana Champaign Chapel
James Byron McGavock Jr., the son of the late James Sr. and Clara McGavock, was born July 13, 1931 in Clinton Illinois. He was the only child born to this union.
In 1950 James graduated from Clinton High School and in 1951 he joined the United States Air Force where he served for four years. He was an aircraft mechanic and served in the Korean War.
James united in marriage to Grace Outerbridge and together have three children: Cordell, Brenda Vonner, and Stephanie Utley.
After thirty-four years of dedicated service to the Civil Service, James retired in 1986 from Chanute Air Force Base, Rantoul, Illinois in the Training Evaluation Wing.
A member Bethel AME Church for over 60 years, James served faithfully until his death. He served as President of the Usher Board and sang in the Men’s Choir.
James loved traveling abroad. He visited places like Italy, France, England, Switzerland, and Canada. He was a devoted fan of the Fighting Illini athletics and was a season ticket holder to many sporting events.
To everything there is a season, a time to every purpose under the heaven…On Wednesday, June 1, 2022 at 7:58 am, James Byron McGavock Jr., 90, of Urbana IL earthly journey ended peacefully at home with his eldest daughter by his side. He leaves loving memories to be cherished by daughters Brenda Vonner of Urbana, IL, and Stephanie Utley of San Antonio TX; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; his adored Aunt Alberta Readye and Cousin Melba Jackson (Preston) of Peoria, IL; and a host of other relatives and friends.
James was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Grace McGavock.
A Homegoing Celebration will commence commence at 12:00 Noon on Monday June 13, 2022 at Bethel AME Church 401 E. Park St., Champaign. Eulogist: Pastor Terrance Thomas. Visitation will begin at 11:00 am until the time of service. Burial will follow after at Roselawn Cemetery.