Charles McInnis
1933 - 2021
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Charles McInnis

Dr. Charles Russell McInnis, a long-time resident of Shreveport, Louisiana, was born on November 30, 1933, in Hornbeck, Louisiana to the late Mack and Lois Franklin McInnis. He went to be with our Lord and Savior on January 5, 2021, following a two month battle with Melanoma. He passed away at his second home in Sevierville, Tennessee surrounded by his loving family.

Russell graduated from Hornbeck High School in 1951. From there, he went to Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. He graduated in 1955 with a degree in Biology. After graduation, he married the love of his life, Virginia (Googie) Allen in September of 1955. They moved to Dallas, Texas and where he enrolled in Baylor Dental School. He graduated from Baylor in 1959 with his Doctor of Dentistry degree. He was then commissioned in the United States Army at the rank of Captain where he served his country for two years.

Being honorably discharged from the Army, he and his family moved to Shreveport, Louisiana where he began his career as a dentist. Russell or Dr. Mac, as he was affectionately called, served as a dentist for 52 years. Though he was based in the Southern Hills area of Shreveport, his patients came from all over the region; even driving as far as two hours for appointments. He was so beloved by his patients because of his gentle touch and compassion to all he healed. Patients also adored him because he would work to fit their schedules. It was routine for him to be at the office before daylight or late in the evening to fix a hurting tooth. After his retirement in 2013, he and Virginia bought a second home in Sevierville, Tennessee and spent much of the year there. They enjoyed the beautiful Smokey Mountains and the good music of the region.

Though Dr. Mac loved being a dentist, it was his passion for motorcycles that so many will fondly remember him. There was nothing that could quicken his pulse faster than the roar of a Harley engine. He said many times that was one of his most favorite sounds in the world. He loved to ride with his motorcycle buddies both in Shreveport and in Sevierville, Tennessee. Along with his love for Harleys and going fast, he will be remembered for his piano playing. Those who visited his home were often serenaded with Russell tickling the ivories. If he wasn't playing his piano, then he was usually listening to his favorites such as Ray Charles and Dr. John. Russell was also an avid game player. He loved to play card games such as Bridge or Skip-Bo with his friends. Many afternoons and nights were spent in heated competition playing Skip-Bo with his brother Ponder.

When Russell was not playing games, playing the piano, or working on teeth, he could be found having breakfast with his friends. He had two different groups of buddies that he dearly cherished. If he was in Shreveport, then he was with his Whataburger crew. If he was in Sevierville, then he and his friends could be found at Hardee's.

Russell is leaving many fond memories to his family and friends, but his greatest legacy is his belief in Jesus Christ. Dr. Mac was a longtime Christian. Throughout his life, he was always active in his local church. At the time of his passing, he was a member of Shreveport Baptist Temple, but he also regularly attended the Open Range Fellowship, otherwise known as the Cowboy Church.

Russell's biggest love, aside from his love of Christ, was his family. He and Virginia were married for 65 years. Dr. Mac was able to share his passions with his children. His daughter Renee', became a dentist and joined him in his dental practice where they were able to work alongside each other every day. His son, Bud, loves music, motorcycles, and going fast as much as he did. The two delights of his were his grandchildren Hunter and Kate. There was not a prouder grandpa or Pop in the world.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Mack and Lois Franklin McInnis, and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Robert and Sybil Allen. His memory will be cherished by his loving family; his wife, Virginia Allen McInnis of Shreveport, Louisiana; daughter, Renee' McInnis Gauntlett, DDS and husband Bob of Dawsonville, Georgia; son, Russ (Bud) McInnis of Solana Beach, California; grandson, Hunter Gauntlett and wife Alison of Marietta, Georgia; granddaughter, Kate Gauntlett of Dawsonville, Georgia; brother, Ponder McInnis and wife Carol of Shreveport, Louisiana; nephew, Jason McInnis and wife Kim of Shreveport, Louisiana; great nieces, Emma Grace McInnis and Ainsley McInnis of Shreveport, Louisiana.

A private graveside celebration of life service will be held at the Self Cemetery in Hornbeck, LA. Officiating the service will be his nephew, the Reverend Jason McInnis.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials may be made in Russell's memory to: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Memorials, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105; www.stjude.org/give/memorial or American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 42040, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73123-1718; www.cancer.org.








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Published in Shreveport Times from Jan. 9 to Jan. 12, 2021.
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27 entries
January 21, 2021
I and my family went to Dr McInnis from the time he started to even after he retired. We loved him. I have so many wonderful memories of him. May he Rest In Peace. Jeanne Patterson Toups.
Jeanne Patterson Toups
Friend
January 20, 2021
So sorry to hear about Dr. Mac. My condolences to Renee, Bud and the entire family. He was the only dentist that I wasn't scared to go see.
Tommy Smelley
Friend
January 20, 2021
I remember going to church with Dr. Mac at Brookwood Baptist Church. He was such a sweet man and a great dentist. God Bless
Mona Blackmon Pollard
Friend
January 17, 2021
Doc was on my heart the a week before he passed..
https://youtu.be/L1zDbok5DDc
Keith Johnson
Neighbor
January 15, 2021
Dr. Mac was my dentist for so many years. When I learned of his retirement I didn’t know what to do. He took care of me and members of my family. He was the best !
Connie Branton
January 14, 2021
Dr. McInnis was our family's dentist when we lived in Shreveport during the 1970s and for several years after we moved to Pelican. Piano playing was another connection he and I had -- mutual admiration society with different expressive styles of making music! My husband trusted him to care for major dental issues. I am thankful for knowing Dr. McInnis. (Our son continued to travel to Shreveport for either him or Renee to care for his teeth as long as he lived.)
Kathleen Myers
Friend
January 13, 2021
Dr Mac was our family dentist for my whole life until Renee stepped in & I started seeing her. I went to school with her & Bud & we rode the little white bus. I remember how Dr Mac would always have a smile & he had the touch when giving shots. Then came the fun after the work and we got to pick out a sparkly ring while my Mom was saying hurry & make up your mind! With 5 girls she was always making trips to the dentist. I hope they have motorcycles in Heaven for you Dr Mac.
Sandy Isbell Day
January 13, 2021
Ronnie and I are so sorry to hear about Dr McInnis. Our prayers are with all of you.
Kathy and Ronnie Hurd
Friend
January 12, 2021
Dr. Mac was the coolest motorcycle riding dentist ever! My family and I went to him for dental care when we were neighbors in Southern Hills. My condolences to his family. Rest in Peace Dr. Mac
Charlotte Miles
Friend
January 11, 2021
My condolences to you and your family. I was honored to have Dr. Mac as my dentist, later to have his daughter Renee as well as Dentist. His brother was my math teacher at Ridgewood all those years ago. My prayers for the family.
Larry Hardwick
Friend
January 11, 2021
I went to him when he and I were both young! He seemed to always be smiling and happy! I always loved how fast he worked and let me get going quickly because I always dreaded going to any dentist! A great man and great dentist!
Ted Roberts
January 11, 2021
Renee, I was so sorry to hear about your Dad. Dr. Mac took care of me and several members of my family for much of my life. As you did too! Prayers for your Mom and your family. Take care!
Peggy Laskin Lyles
January 11, 2021
My profound sympathies to Virginia, Renee, and Bud. He was a great man and one to who I owe much gratitude for helping me start and establish my practice of orthodontics in Southern Hills. He loved life and he lived big with his family and hobbies in which he excelled but he never forgot his beginnings in Sabine Parish. He was a great mentor to me and others. His legacy will live on in all that he helped and served
Mel DeSoto
Coworker
January 11, 2021
My prayers go out to his family. Dr. McInnis had been my dentist from the 80's till when he retired. It was always a joy to go for my appt with him. Rest in heaven.
Gloria Cardwell Huff
January 10, 2021
Rene and Bud, I’m very sad to hear about another one of our neighborhood Dad’s passing. Those days of living on Crabapple Drive and Hemlock Circle and Shartel Drive were like scenes from the movie “The Sand Lot”. Your Dad was one of those great Dad’s that watched over us all.
I cherish the memories of “Red Man Chew”, Harley Motorcycles, Harmonica playing, homemade ice cream, the first micro-wave I ever saw was in your house, having all 4 of my wisdom teeth pulled by the mighty strength of Dr. Mac’s hands (no need for specialist then), his notable laugh when we were acting like silly kids (which he loved) his playing the piano in the style of Charlie Rich and Floyd Cramer... and all that went into the good ole ‘days... all with Dads like yours leading our youthful ways. I’ll cherish and miss those days of having Dads like him, but I am certain of where his path ends. He was a great man, I look forward to seeing him again. For Dr. Mac ...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JvfG9uFswis

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUrELVeRP3Q

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENI39xuaXa0
David Langston
Neighbor
January 10, 2021
No one loved telling a joke more than doc. I loved watching him get so tickled telling the joke that that was funnier than the joke. He was a great man that will be greatly missed. Virginia I know you are going to miss him but what great memories. Prayers for the family
Debbieboyd
Friend
January 10, 2021
VIRGINIA, RENEE AND BUD. ITS HARD TO PUT INTO WORDS HOW SAD I FELT WHEN I READ OF DR. MACS PASSING. HE WAS A VERY DEAR FRIEND AS WELL AS OUR DENTIST. SO MANY GREAT MEMORIES OF HIM AND JOHN AT THE MOTORCYCLE SHOP. OH THE PRANKS HE COULD PULL!! WAS NEVER A DULL MOMENT WHEN THE TWO OF THEM WERE TOGETHER. THEY BOTH HAD BRILLIANT MINDS AND LOVED TO MAKE THINGS IN THEIR HEAD OR ON A PIECE OF PAPER AND THAT WAS JUST THE BEGINNING OF NEW THINGS IN THEIR LIFE. NOW THEY ARE TOGETHER AGAIN AND I AM SURE IT MUST HAVE BEEN A GLORIOUS REUNION. SO UNBELIEVABLE THAT THEY PASSED SO CLOSE TOGETHER ON DATES JUST THREE YEARS IN BETWEEN. HE WILL ALWAYS REMAIN CLOSE IN MY HEART AND THE THREE OF YOU AS WELL. WISH I COULD SAY GOODBYE IN PERSON BUT I CAN UNDERSTAND YOUR WISHES. "MEMORY IS ONE GIFT OF GOD THAT DEATH CANNOT DESTROY". REST IN PEACE MY FRIEND. LOVE ALL OF YOU, SHELA AND CALEB TUCKER
Shela Tucker
Friend
January 10, 2021
I will remember Dr. Mac as the best mentor. He was one of the most genuine dentists I have ever known. He took me under his wing and taught me so much about not only dentistry but being a good person and treating everyone with love and compassion. I will miss our little visits when he would swing by the office to pick up some mail that had been delivered there for him. He would always hug me and say "I love you girl." We have lost one of the best dentist in Shreveport. I will be praying for peace and comfort for Mrs. Virginia and family during this difficult time.
Misty Crump
Coworker
January 10, 2021
He showed me that you could enjoy both work and play. He went full speed with both. I picture him every time someone plays “boogie woogie” piano. What a neat man. A life lived to its fullest!
John Irle
Friend
January 10, 2021
I am so sorry to hear about Dr Mac’s passing. I will forever think of him as one of the greatest influences in my life and a second father to me for a good many years. I had the privilege to serve him and Renee as their dental hygienist for 15 years before retiring my license. I started working for the practice right of college at the age of 21, and I can honestly say Dr Mac watched me grow up. He and his family watched me date, find the man I would get engaged to, attend my wedding (sitting almost on the front row), watch me hang my head on the toilet every morning for 9 months vomiting during an awful pregnancy, came to the hospital multiple days after I became a mom to a precious little boy, etc. There are no words to say for how much I loved that man!!! He was there in my life when my father wasn’t..I’m sure God has placed a huge gold crown on his and said..Job well done thy good and faithful servant! Much love to the whole family who will miss him dearly as I know I do❤
Rhonda Tyra Meehan
Coworker
January 10, 2021
The Final Salute

“Brothers and Sisters-in-Arms”, Military men and women down through the centuries, have traditionally exchanged “Hand Salutes” as a sign of recognition and as a way to render courtesy and respect one to another.

This “Hand Salute” is the last that we shall render to Charles Russell McInnis, DDS our “Brother-in-Arms”. To his family it symbolizes the love and respect that we have for Russell. To Russell it is rendered as a symbol of honor and gratitude to thank him for the devoted and selfless service he rendered to his country while serving as a Dentist in the U.S. Army Medical Corps. Russell, we commend you for your honorable military service. You are a true patriot, who served your nation and your community with honor and distinction. You upheld the finest qualities of an American patriot warrior: courage, commitment, generosity, sacrifice, love and devotion to family and country. You were a true friend. We bid you a sad farewell. You will be dearly missed from among our ranks. GOD Bless you. Be at Ease. Rest in Peace.

On behalf of the military veteran Legionnaires of Lowe-McFarlane Post 14 of the American Legion, the VFW Comrades of Post 4588 and the Disabled Veterans of DAV Chapter 30 in Shreveport and Bossier City, Louisiana, we extend our sympathies and our condolences to Russell’s family and loved ones.

Brent Ebbesson, Commander, American Legion Post 14
5315 South Lakeshore Drive, Shreveport, LA 71109

Ron Delaney, Commander, VFW Post 4588
1004 Jeter Street, Bossier City, LA 71111

Johnny Welch, Commander DAV, Chpt 30
7012 Suntan St. Shreveport, LA 71108
For the Commanders, Carroll R. Michaud
Carroll R. Michaud
Served In Military Together
January 10, 2021
Googie and family: Russell, I know is with our Lord. Havent seen you all since I was a child. I do recall the piano playing between Ponder and Russell. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Sorry I can't attend. My son died in 2009 and I am not able to attend . Lovingly in Jesus's name and Peace to your heart, cousin Christine Franklin Canty(daughter of the late Arlington D. Franklin and Nellie.)
Christine Franklin Canty
Family
January 10, 2021
So many fond memories, love to all the family.
Cindy Joyner
Friend
January 10, 2021
To Dr Mac Thank You For the Dental work you’ve done on me for the last 40 yrs. You made me laugh when I would be hurting so bad. Rest In Peace Now Sir As I know you are tired of standing all those years looking at my mouth. I will never forget you. Prayers to the Family & Friends you left behind. Enjoy Heaven
Linda Joy
Friend
January 9, 2021
Sorry to hear of dr. McInnis passing. May the Lord be with u during this difficult time Vicki Adams Pendleton
Vicki Pendleton
Neighbor
January 9, 2021
He was a great dentist and a nice man
Dewayne Lee
January 9, 2021
Russell was a wonderful Christian man - loving husband, father, grandfather and especially a great friend.
He will be missed by all who knew him, but I know he is rejoicing and playing that “grand” piano in heaven.
Love and prayers to the family.
Ty and Linda Scoggins
Friend
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