Ewing F. (Mackey) McEntire
STERLING CITY, TX
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.
Published in GoSanAngelo on Jul. 2, 2018.