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On April 1, 2014, God chose to heal L.M. "Mac" McIntyre of his lengthy illness by taking him home to heaven to meet Jesus. Mr. McIntyre was born December 30, 1924, in Gilbert, Louisiana and was a resident of Bastrop, where he was a faithful member of Maranatha Baptist Church prior to his illness. Funeral services are scheduled for 2 PM Friday, April 4, 2014, at Golden Funeral Home with Dr. Vic Carter and Rev. Andy Myrick officiating. Interment will follow in Christ Church Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday, April 3, from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM at Golden Funeral Home.
L.M. was a veteran of World War II. He served in Company M, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division of the U.S. Army from April 5, 1943, until his discharge as Sergeant on October 5, 1945. His company landed at Utah Beach Normandy and eventually fought in major campaigns in northern France, central Europe, and the Rhineland. He was wounded by mortar shrapnel during the Battle of the Huertgen Forest in Germany on November 18, 1944. He was a squad leader and earned the Combat Infantry Badge, the EAME Ribbon with 4 bronze service stars, Good Conduct Ribbon, Distinguished Unit Badge, Purple Heart, and Bronze Star Medal.
When he returned to Louisiana after the war, L.M. met, fell in love with, and married Patsy Ruth Byargeon. For the next 65 years, they enjoyed a loving marriage and built their home in Bastrop, where he was employed by International Paper Company. L.M. provided a Godly, stable, loving home for his sons, Lynn, Kenneth, and David. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, fox hunting, raising game chickens, spending time with his family and friends, and attending meetings at Mt, Gerizim Masonic Lodge #54 in Bastrop.
Mr. McIntyre is preceded in death by his parents, John Lee and Roxie Whittington McIntyre; a sister, Leola "Sis" McIntyre Williamson; four brothers, Frank "Pete" McIntyre, Jessie "Shorty" McIntyre, John "Bud" McIntyre and Willie "Teedy" McIntyre. He is survived by his wife, Patsy Byargeon McIntyre; three sons, Lynn McIntyre and wife Beth of Collinston, LA, Kenneth "Doose" McIntyre, David Cooke and wife Donna both of Bastrop, LA; one sister, Donnis Ezell of Gilbert, LA; two brothers, James "Man" McIntyre of Jigger, LA, William "Ball" McIntyre of Gilbert, LA; six granddaughters, Kim Cooke, Christy McIntyre Aday and husband Jerry, Crystal McIntyre McKoin and husband Newt, Brittney McIntyre, Brooke McIntyre, Kelsi McIntyre; two grandsons, Mike Cooke and wife Cheryl, Ricky Cooke; six great grandchildren; one great great grandchild and a host of nieces and nephews all of whom were deeply loved.
Serving as pallbearers will be The Honorable Marcus Clark, The Honorable Jerry Jones, Raymond Holley, Newt McKoin, Wayne Warner, and Rusty Cox. Honorary pallbearers will be The Honorable Wendell Manning, The Honorable Wilson Rambo, and The Honorable Stephens Winters.
The McIntyre family invites you to join them in celebrating the life and home going of their loved one. More importantly, however, the family prays you will be ready to spend an eternity in heaven (where you will see L.M. again) by accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.
Golden Funeral Home
Published in The News Star on Apr. 3, 2014