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Col. James S. McHone, M.D.
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ELGIN - Dr. (Colonel, US Army, Retired) James S. ”Jim” McHone of Columbia, SC died April 1, 2015, after a long history of treatment for colorectal cancer. Dr. McHone was born in Denver, CO on November 23, 1947. He was predeceased by his mother Marion Samson McHone, his father Clarence D. McHone, his stepmother Annie Westmoreland McHone and his older sister Mary McHone Wilkie.

Dr. McHone is survived by his wife of many years and medical business partner Linda Jordan McHone of his home in Columbia, SC. He is also survived by his stepchildren Angie West Guy and Lindsay Guy of Boykin, SC; James R. West IV and Valerie Peak West of Lugoff, SC; grandchildren Margaret Guy, Emily Guy, James Guy, Edwin Guy, Camryn West and Zachary West; his brother, Michael L. McHone and Elizabeth McHone of Mt Airy, NC; his sister Patricia McHone Newsome and Earl Newsome of Sanford, NC, as well as many nieces and nephews. His mother-in-law Myrtle P. Jordan, of Camden, SC, also survives him. 

Dr. McHone grew up in Mt. Airy, NC and graduated from Mt. Airy High School in 1966. He participated in many athletics and clubs and was the president of several high school organizations and was also elected the school’s “most school spirited senior”. He then attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York and graduated in 1970, where he participated as the stage manager for the Cadet Glee Club and helped operate the theater in auditorium in the old North Gymnasium. He subsequently spent twenty-six years in the Army reserves and active duty as a Signal officer and an Orthopedic Surgeon. He retired as an Army Colonel in 1996. He received many Army awards and decorations to include the Legion of Merit and the Meritorious Service Medal. He served a tour in Korea in 1972 in the Second Infantry Division. He graduated from the Medical College of Georgia in 1978 and from the Fitzsimons Army Medical Center Orthopedic Residency in 1982. Dr. McHone then moved to Fort Jackson in Columbia, SC and practiced orthopedic surgery there for twenty-five years until his retirement in 2007. Throughout this time, he was always very active in his community and with local high school athletics, Mt. Airy High School, the West Point Class of 1970, the West Point Association of Graduates and the Army Athletic Association. He was an Army team physician and a member of the Sports Medicine staff. He was on the Board of Trustees and a member of many other boards and committees of the West Point Association of Graduates. He also made a major donation of West Point Art to the Association of Graduates, which is on prominent display in their building, Herbert Hall, at West Point. Dr. McHone loved his dogs Gretchen, Jorge, Maddie and TJ and they followed his every step in the last years of his life!

Dr. McHone has been a very active member of his community for the past 25 years in Columbia, SC. He has served on his homeowner boards for many years in different communities in Columbia. He is a charter member and organizer of his Presbyterian Church and has been on the building committee of two major churches. He has been very active with the local school boards and he participated in school rezoning planning and helped several multimillion dollar bond referendums to pass. He has also worked for many successful road and transportation projects in the community. Dr. McHone was the captain and organizer of his very successful club tennis team for many years which won a number of championships. He has won many awards for his volunteer work with the local high schools to include being selected as the SC State High School Volunteer of the year. He has twenty years experience working with the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY, the Army Athletic Department and the West Point Association of Graduates as a board member and as a Major Donor to the Academy, and as a fundraiser. Dr. McHone was the very successful chairman of his West Point Class of 1970 five year reunions a number of times. He ran an active orthopedic practice in Columbia specializing in sports medicine and joint replacement. Dr. McHone was the Founder and Former Chief of the Orthopedics Department at Providence Hospital, Columbia, SC and performed the first total joint replacement and first arthroscopic surgery at Providence in 1985. He is still serving on Senior Orthopedic Staff at Providence. Doctor McHone retired from active surgical practice in 2007 due to colorectal cancer.

A funeral service will be held at Northeast Presbyterian Church on Polo Road, Columbia, SC followed by a graveside memorial service with full military honors for Dr. McHone at Fort Jackson National Cemetery on (Wednesday at 12:30 p.m.) under the direction of Dr. George Crow, United States Air Force Academy Class of 1970 and Chaplain Harry Phillips, US Navy, Retired. Memorials may be made to the Northeast Presbyterian Church and to the New Kirk Presbyterian Church, Blythewood, SC. 

Dr. McHone wishes to extend a special thanks to Dr. Leland “Joe” McElveen, Dr. Steven Minter, Kim Dewitt, PA and their staff at SC Oncology Associates as well as his oncology doctors at Duke University Medical Center for all their care and concern over the years. In addition, Dr. McHone would like to extend thanks to Dr. Sidney Morrison, Dr. Mark Mayson and Dr. Rick Dryer. Powers Funeral Home of Lugoff, SC is in charge of his arrangements.

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