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JERRY DON McGHEE


1947 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
JERRY DON McGHEE Obituary
JERRY DON McGHEE Jerry Don McGhee, of Alvarado, was a certified Natural Born Texan who loved going fast, was generous to a fault with a poet's soul, had a good run and died near Clifton, TX, doing what he loved on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at age 66. Jerry was born November 17, 1947, from thoroughly Irish stock in Weslaco, TX. He played football, baseball, & graduated from Weslaco High School in 1966. Jerry married briefly out of high school and then later was married 19 years to Cynthia Sue Graves (nee Henderson). Jerry was the proud father of his baby girl Shadoe Lyn McGhee. Jerry served in the USMC from 1967 to 1970 – a tour& a half in Vietnam – and received the National Defense Service Metal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Combat Action Ribbon, and the Rifle Marksman Badge. When Jerry returned from his service, he exclaimed, "God invented the most wonderful thing when I was gone on tour: the miniskirt." Jerry was a gypsy at heart and lived in Westlaco, Spearman, the Ozarks in Arkansas, Fort Worth, Corpus Christi, Wascum, & Alvarado. Saltwater was an addiction to Jerry & he had to get near to saltwater on a regular basis. For one glorious summer, Jerry got a surfboard before it was cool & impressed all the girls with it. Jerry wore his Hawaiian shirts until they were practically in tatters & was an avid salt & freshwater fisherman. Jerry worked in metal fabrication all his working life, built an indestructible swing set for his daughter at home, as well as muscle cars & hot-rods. He loved to go fast, drag-race, & ride his Harley. He played baseball in local work leagues, coached his daughter's youth softball team, could barbeque with the best of them, & that a red raspberry snow cone signaled the beginning of summer. Jerry's green thumb could grow anything in his garden & every phone that he had with a programmable ringer played "Bad to the Bone" as his ring tone. Jerry always had a dog & loved animals (there were stockings hung at Christmas for all the animals – living & deceased). Jerry read the Bible front to back & believed you judge a person by his character. He participated in more charitable rides than you can count, was a member of the VFW, enjoyed drinking Woodchuck pear cider (which he could never remember the name of the drink, so he called it "the muskrat"), & was addicted to gas station French Vanilla powdered cappuccino. Survived by Shadoe McGhee (daughter), George McGhee (brother), Cathy Kerr Musgrave (sister), Mathew Kerr (the nephew who was like a son to him), Patricia McGhee (niece), Terri Gale (niece), Jean & Clarence Magouirk (aunt & uncle), a multitude of cousins, and irreplaceable friends. Jerry was preceded in death by his parents Ethel & "Pat" George McGhee, brother Bobby McGhee, uncles & aunts Bud & Ruby Kerr, Ella & Ed Maston, Dorothy & Leonard Grey, Ruby & Bud Stickland. Visitation will be Wednesday, April 16th from 4-8 pm and Funeral Services will be Thursday, April 17th at 2 pm at Clayton Kay Vaughan Funeral Home, 200 E Patton Ave, Alvarado, TX. Interment to follow this Saturday, April 19th at LeFeria Cemetery, LeFeria, TX. Anyone is welcome to donate in Jerry's honor to Patriot PAWS Service Dogs for disabled Veteran's (patriotpaws.org). Sign the guest book at www.themonitor.com/obituaries
Published in The Monitor on Apr. 16, 2014
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