Ewing F. (Mackey) McEntire
1952 - 2018
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Ewing F. (Mackey) McEntire


Ewing F. "Mackey" McEntire, Jr. was born to Sallie Ann Heath McEntire and Ewing Fowler "Mack" McEntire in Colorado City, Texas on May 27, 1952. He was raised on the family ranch in Sterling County until graduating in 1970 from Sterling High School. From Sterling City, he endured a single semester at Texas A&M University before transferring to Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. He graduated as a proud Red Raider in 1974 with a bachelor's degree in Agricultural Economics and Education with a minor in Entemology. Mackey moved back to Sterling County to operate the family ranch with his grandfather, Fowler McEntire. In 1975, he married Mary Catherine "Cathy" McEntire. Together, Mackey and Cathy raised four daughters, Ginny, Julie, Monica, and Mary Ann.

Mackey had a passion for aviation. In 1982, he began a helicopter service business called Concho Aviation-one of the first businesses of its kind in West Texas. Concho Aviation grew into a multi-pilot, multi-helicopter business operation serving clients throughout the states of Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma. Over the course of his career, Mackey accumulated over 50,000 hours of flight time. That is equivalent to 5.7 years in the air.

Mackey was an active member of his community serving on many local county and district boards. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Sterling City where he frequently served as the worshipful master and a Scottish Rite Mason. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Sterling City, Texas where he was involved in multiple committees.

Mackey McEntire went to be with his Lord on June 29, 2018. He was preceded in death by his parents and by his daughter Mary Ann McEntire. He is survived by his wife of 43 years Cathy, his daughter Ginny McMinn and her husband Brad McMinn, his daughter Julie Thomason and her husband B.J. Thomason, his daughter Monica Peters and her husband Greg Peters, his sister Pam Hinkle and her husband Howard Hinkle, his sister Melanie Andrews and her husband Pearce Andrews, and his grandchildren Dyllan Mackenzie McMinn, Jordan Peters, Denver McMinn, and Hailey Ewing Peters. Pallbearers are Jack Clark, Gary Foster, Josh Gaines, Cliff Caldwell, Tony Allen, Mitch Brinninstool, Mike Bodine, and J. Fred Hambright.

Mackey McEntire was an extraordinary individual whose accomplishments and character cannot be adequately encapsulated in a short obituary. He made us laugh every day. He amazed us with his many talents and his breadth of knowledge. He was a man of great faith who deeply loved God and who, in his quiet way, always led us to the Throne of Grace. He loved his family extravagantly. And he was loved beyond measure by his wife, children, grandchildren, family members, and countless dear friends. His absence will be profoundly felt until we meet again in Glory. We love you, Daddy.

Visitation will take place at the First United Methodist Church of Sterling City, Texas on Monday, July 1, 2018 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. The funeral service will occur at the First United Methodist Church of Sterling City, Texas on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to the First United Methodist Church of Sterling City, Texas or by mail or by phone to the Children's Medical Center Foundation, 2777 Stemmons Fwy., Ste. 700, Dallas, Texas 75207, (214) 456-8360.

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Published in GoSanAngelo on Jul. 2, 2018.
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July 17, 2018
Susan and I were extremely saddened to hear of Ewing's passing. We treasured our brief time we spent with your family when we made an emergency landing on your ranch airstrip in the late '80's. His kindness and generosity allowing us to keep the airplane at the ranch until we could replace the engine was a true example of aviator brotherhood.
We felt blessed to have met him in our travels.
Frank Motycka
July 3, 2018
Cathy and family:

May God grant you peace and comfort during this difficult time. Mackey was a great and wonderful man. I will always remember him flying me to Dallas, Texas for the birth of our first son. May God give you and your girls strength, peace of heart and comfort as you move forward day by day. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Love John and Darlene Biar
John & Darlene Biar
July 3, 2018
May G-D keep you and your's close in this time. Prayers for each of you in this time. Mackey was an awesome man, he did life right by always being just and fair. Thank you Lord for letting him walk with us.
Denny Morris
July 3, 2018
Denny Morris
July 3, 2018
I am so very sorry for your loss of a good man. Prayers for all family and friends.
Susan Cole
July 3, 2018
Cathy, I know it isn't much help to say this, but many
of us know exactly what you are experiencing.

My prayers and Love.
July 3, 2018
Dear Cathy & family, I am so sorry for your loss of a man, husband, and father. We will be thinking and praying for you during this difficult time.

Jeremy & Shannon Little
July 2, 2018
The few times I had the privilege to ride with Mackey I knew I was more safe than I was as a baby in my cradle. Mackey was the best chopper pilot I have ever met and that included my time in Viet-Nam.
God be with you all at this time.
Larry Hendrickson
July 2, 2018
Larry Hendrickson
July 2, 2018
We were so blessed in knowing Mackey. We appreciated his help with every grass fire we had to fight and all of his community services. We will truly miss you.
Bill Foster Family
July 2, 2018
Recall my beloved introducing the Great Mackey McIntire. And every word was true not exaggerated. I feel that our world is a little smaller without Mackey on this Earth. Cathy and all his Clan May the Peace of the Lord be with you all your days. All our love Hank and Becky Johnson
Hank and Becky Johnson
July 2, 2018
RIP Mackey, you were one of a kind, very caring, honest and talented man. You have been with our family for many years and we appreciate all the things you have done. May God be with your family during this tragic time. We love you....Until we meet again! With Love, 4G Cattle Co.
KG, Jo, Justin, and Holly Granberg
July 2, 2018
So sorry for your loss.He'll be greatly missed. Susie and Dave Kresta
Dave Kresta
July 2, 2018
I remember the time one of the ranchers wanted to put handhelds on his sheep dogs so that he could control them from long range. He didn't like the price of the walkie talkies so Mackey and I came up with voice pagers and a pouch for the dogs Collars. Mackey came back with the funniest story ever! It seems the rancher and the dogs were driving sheep across a road between two pastures when a small car came up to one of the dogs on the road. The lady that was driving pulled to a halt, rolled down the window and apparently struck up a conversation with the hard working pup.

The cowboy, wanting to apologize for delaying her travels, spoke through the dogs pager, "sorry for the delay ma'am, we will be out of your way as soon as I get the last one through the gate."

The cowboy was in the process of closing the gate when he noticed that the car hadn't moved. The woman had fainted.

Mackey and I had a lot of fun back in the radio days and was a dear friend.

May God bless Cathy, the girls, and the whole McEntire clan.
Charles Anderson
July 2, 2018
My heart hurts for y'all deeply , the pain y'all carry I understand, I too lost my husband to a tragic ag accident also , you do learn to lean on the lord for your comfort , he reminds you that he will take care of you , and he reminds you that your love one is with him and you will see him again . Holding you up to the lord today , i am here if you ever need to talk . Lord bless vickie lee
Vickie Lee
July 2, 2018
Better tomorrows,
Mims Reed
July 2, 2018
Dear Cathy and Family, May your precious memories bring you much comfort. You all are in our prayers. Sincerely, John and Judy Eubank
Judy Eubank
July 2, 2018
Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you. Just as Mackey took care of his wife, children and grandchildren here on earth he will be flying high now with the Angels in Heaven looking over each of you now. Many prayers for you Cathy and for the girls. I prayer for God to be by your side. Mackey was one of a kind.
Judy Brock Laxson
July 1, 2018
We have had so many wonderful memories of Mackey, Cathy, and girls. God, I pray you hold Cathy and girls and their families close. Hold Cathys hand as she moves forward. Please give them strength. Mackey was a wonderful, man, father and grandpa. Fly high our friend. You are flying with the angles.
Chris and Frank Hinds
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