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George Thomas McGuire Jr.

1924 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
George Thomas McGuire Jr. Obituary
Jr. George Thomas McGuire, Jr. passed away Thursday, September 21. An Atlanta native, McGuire was born at Crawford Long Hospital July 16, 1924. His early years were spent in Atlanta. During his teenage years he moved to Kingsport, Tenn. where he graduated from Dobbins Bennett High School. The years in Tennessee were filled with significant and life-changing events. He was a member of the football team and elected captain of the Dobbins Bennett squad his senior year. During this time he met the girl of his dreams, Sultana Haney, who would become his bride after the war. Upon graduating from high school McGuire joined the Army and was shipped to Germany in 1943. His military experience included episodes where he single-handedly captured over a hundred surrendering German soldiers and being designated the driver responsible for transporting commanding officers up to and sometimes behind enemy lines, Upon his release from the service he returned briefly to his hometown of Atlanta to consider a football scholarship offer from Georgia Tech. He had another offer from the University of Kentucky (whose head coach at the time was Paul Bryant) and joined the Kentucky team for summer workouts .However, his exuberance for football had waned after the war so he gave up football and returned to Tennessee where he earned a business administration degree from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He married his high school sweetheart, Sultana Haney and began his career with Reynolds Aluminum Company. His work at Reynolds, spanning over 40 years, was filled with accomplishment and success. During that time he acquired honors as a consistent top-tier salesman including being the nation's top salesman one year.

Throughout his life, however, his Christian faith was the significant force that directed him in every endeavor. He was active in his church and participated in a variety of activities over the years. He influenced everyone who came into his presence and was a tireless soldier for Jesus Christ. He and Sultana had two children, Debbie, and Tommy. Tommy was diagnosed with autism. As a result of his son's disability, McGuire became an advocate for developmentally disabled people. He was involved with the Albany ARC (Advocacy Resource Center) after his son lived in a group home with the organization in Albany, GA. After retiring, his later years were filled with new accomplishments as he began writing novels. He also formed McGuire Publishing Company and published two books detailing historical aspects of Atlanta. One was a description of Bobby Jones and his play at East Lake golf course and the other involved the earlier years of the Westminster Schools. He authored four historical novels. These books inluded: A Gentle Wind, Ariane, The Decision and Always.

He gained notoriety as a veteran when he was featured in a BBC production which highlighted American, English and Canadian soldiers from W.W. II. The series, From D-Day To Victory, aired on the History channel, the BBC, and Canadian networks. McGuire was also featured in a human-interest article in the Atlanta Journal spotlighting his service in the Army during W.W. II. McGuire is survived by his daughter, Debbie McGuire Burton and her husband Jimmy Burton, granddaughters Stephanie Michaud and husband Alexander Michaud; Catherine Lester and husband Jon Lester and grandson Ryan Burton. He also had two great granddaughters, Madison and Elizabeth (Elle) Michaud. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. James United Methodist Church, 4400 Peachtree Dunwoody Road, Atlanta, Georgia 30342 or Albany ARC (a non-profit organization supporting developmentally disabled people), 3005 Old Dawson Road, Albany, Georgia 31721

McGuire, George Thomas
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from Sept. 23 to Sept. 24, 2017
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