Junior John McGuire

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GALLIPOLIS — Junior John (J.J., Blondie) McGuire, 83, of Gallipolis, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, June 21, 2014, at The Arbors of Gallipolis.

He was born Dec. 9, 1930, the son of the late John and Nellie Wickline McGuire.

While spending his life in Gallia County, he was a welder, heavy equipment operator, subdivision developer, restaurant owner, strip mine owner and a lifetime evangelist. His early years were spent farming while growing up in Mercerville, along with his last few years farming along the Ohio River in Gallipolis.

Junior is survived by five children, Debbie Clary, of Gallipolis, Kathy (Randy) Hall, of Proctorville, Saul McGuire, of Gallipolis, Tony McGuire, of Crown City, and Scott McGuire, of Gallipolis; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; the mother of his children, Oreatha McGuire Kaiser, of Proctorville; a brother, Jimmie Dale (Inez) McGuire, of Mercerville; and a sister, Eleanor Sheldon, of Grove City.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Ruth Murray and Mabel Beaver; brothers Carl, Willis Thomas and Paul David McGuire; stepbrother Everett McGuire; and stepsister Violet Stumbo.

Services will be 1 p.m. Thursday, June 26, 2014, at Willis Funeral Home with the Rev. Rocky Jeffers officiating. Final resting place will be Old Mercerville Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday prior to the service. Pallbearers will be Tony McGuire, Scott McGuire, Randy McGuire, Thomas Masters, David Haner and Paul Russell.

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Willis Funeral Home
12 Garfield Avenue
Gallipolis, OH 45631
(740) 446-9295
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Published in Gallipolis Daily Tribune from June 23 to June 24, 2014