John E. McGinnis

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John E. McGinnis, 87, of Cape Coral, Fla., formerly of Sykesville, died Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, at Carroll Lutheran Village in Westminster.

Born Dec. 18, 1925, in Woodlawn, he was the son of the late William G. McGinnis and Martha Ellen Sakers McGinnis. He was the husband of Hedy B. Busold McGinnis, his wife of 64 years.

He was in the Merchant Marines and the Army 82nd Airbourne Paratrooper. He was instrumental in starting Youth for Christ in Germany while in the service.

He was a carpenter/stair builder by trade, building houses in Howard County, Baltimore County, Carroll County and Baltimore, and he was the developer for Strawbridge Estates, Presidential Park and White Rock Road. He was a charter member of Freedom Optimist Club and director for Woodbine Bank, which became Westminster Bank & Trust. He was an active member of Wesley Freedom United Methodist Church until his health deteriorated.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are a daughter, Bonnie McGinnis, of Sykesville; son Gary P. McGinnis and wife Karen, of Sykesville; grandchildren Matthew McDearmon, of Sykesville, Amanda Miller, of Jacksonville, Fla., Laura Garver and husband Jason, of Keymar, Lee McGinnis, of Sykesville, Dwayne and Amy Miller, of Stafford, Va., and Shawn and Kristen Miller, of Sykesville; and seven great-grandchildren.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Burrier-Queen Funeral Home & Crematory, 1212 W. Old Liberty Road, Winfield.

Visitation will also be held from noon until the time of service, 1 p.m. Wednesday at Wesley Freedom United Methodist Church, 961 Johnsville Road, Eldersburg, with the Rev. Dr. Bill Brown officiating. Interment will be in Freedom Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Wesley Freedom Legacy Endowment Fund, 961 Johnsville Road, Eldersburg, MD 21784; or Sykesville Freedom District Fire Department, 6680 Sykesville Road, Sykesville, MD 21784.

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Burrier-Queen Funeral Directors, P.A.
1212 W. Old Liberty Road
Sykesville, MD 21784
Published in Carroll County Times on Oct. 7, 2013
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