James McMahen, 76, of Alma died Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, in Little Rock. James was born March 23, 1941, to the late Olen and Thelma McMahen. He was a retired engineering manager for Gaffey Crane Manufacturing and a member of First Baptist Church in Alma. James designed fighter jets for the U.S. Armed Forces during the Vietnam War for LTV Aeronautics in Dallas, had a master’s degree in both electrical and mechanical engineering, was a pilot, a lifelong hunter and fisherman, a 50-year competitive shooter and served in the Civil Air Patrol as a teenager. He was preceded in death by a sister, Carol Dyson.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth of the home; three sons, James McMahen Jr. of Harrison, Brian McMahen and his wife Dana of Fort Smith and Robert McMahen and his wife Jennifer of Harrison; a sister, Wanda Milner of Magnolia; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church in Alma with interment to follow at Highland Cemetery in Ozark under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home in Van Buren.

Pallbearers will be Daniel Benton, John Neihouse and Mike Moody.

To place an online tribute, please go to www.edwardsvan-alma.com.