The search for the former chairman of the Town Of Pawleys Island Planning Commission, Jimmy McCants turned tragic Saturday, March 21, as his body was found by beach walkers near Georgetown’s East Bay Park and later identified by authorities.
McCants’s obituary said that he was a native of Georgetown and a long-time resident of Pawleys Island. He attended Winyah High and later graduated from the University of Georgia.
In 2013, he was named Pawleys Island Civic Association Citizen of the Year. McCants also played a big part of the restoration of the Pawleys Island Chapel.
According to authorities, McCants first went missing around noon on Monday, March 9 when he told his wife that he was going to run some errands. His vehicle was later found that day parked between the bridges on U.S. Highway 17 north of Georgetown.
Authorities started searching that night with the help of the U.S. Coast Guard, who provided a helicopter to search the shoreline, rivers and Winyah Bay. Georgetown City, County and Midway Fire Rescue also participated in the search.
Boat crews from the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources and search and dive teams were also employed. An airplane from DNR and a helicopter from the State Law Enforcement Division were used to search areas that could not be reached.
“We are thankful for the family who found the body and called authorities,” Sheriff Weaver said. “We are also thankful for the citizens of Georgetown County for all their help in the search along with the participating agencies: Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office, Midway Fire Rescue, Georgetown County and Georgetown City Fire, the Georgetown County Technical Rescue Team, S.C. Department of Natural Resources, the State Law Enforcement Division and the U.S. Coast Guard.
“I am sorry this is the outcome but, hopefully, this will help give the McCants family closure,” Sheriff Weaver said.
Coy James "Jimmy" McCants Jr, 84, passed away in Georgetown, SC on March 9, 2020.
Mr. McCants was born and raised in Georgetown and a longtime resident of Pawleys Island, Jimmy was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt, fish and be on the water. A beloved community member, he was well known for his daily walks on the island. He is survived by his wife Jacquelyn Vaughn McCants of Pawleys Island; two daughters Alyne Kimberly McCants Conder of Pawleys Island and Ashley Jane McCants of Moultrie, Georgia; and grandchildren Emily Brooks Conder, John Walter Conder V and wife Madison Conder, Mary Catherine Plymel, and McCants Plymel. The son of the late Coy and Ruby McCants, and brother of the late Wyatt McCants, Jimmy was predeceased by his wife Nancy Jane Simpkins McCants.
He attended Winyah High School where he developed his football talent and was awarded a football scholarship to the University of Georgia. Jimmy received a bachelors' degree in Finance from the University of Georgia where he was a member of Kappa Alpha. He worked as a Plant Manager for Wick Manufacturing in Waycross, Georgia before returning to Pawleys Island. Committed to civic service, Jimmy was a member of the Rotary Club of Georgetown, the Pawleys Island Chapel Board of Directors, and served as chairman for the Town Of Pawleys Island Planning Commission. In 2013, he was named Pawleys Island Civic Association Citizen of the Year. He dedicated his efforts to the recent restoration and elevation of the foundation of the Pawleys Island Chapel. Jimmy was a member of Duncan Memorial Methodist in Georgetown, SC.
In order to protect the health and well-being of the family, friends and the community during the current public health pandemic emergency Covid-19, a memorial service will be scheduled for a future date. Contributions can be made in memory of to Alzheimer's Association SC Chapter, PO Box 3128, Spartanburg, SC 29304 or //alz.org/sc/donate.
Special gratitude to the members of the Georgetown County Sheriff's Office, Midway Fire Rescue, Georgetown County and Georgetown City Fire, the Georgetown County Technical Rescue Team, S. C. Department of Natural Resources, the State Law Enforcement Division and the U.S. Coast Guard for their efforts and support.
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