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Charles Marvin McGilvray
1934 - 2016

Charles Marvin McGilvray, 82, died, Friday Dec. 2.

Memorial services will be held at Faith Lutheran Church, at 11 a.m. Saturday, with Pastor Ernie Barr officiating.

Committal will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at Fort Parker Memorial Cemetery in Fort Parker State Park near Groesbeck.

Charles was born in Freestone County on Aug. 23, 1934, to Edgar Marvin McGilvray and Sarah Catherine Gunn McGilvray. When he was 12 years old, the family moved to Groesbeck. While in high school, he was on the track and field team and participated in Future Farmers of America, where he earned the Lone Star Farmer Award. After graduation from Groesbeck High School in 1951, he attended A & M University and graduated from Sam Houston University. He and Olga Joyce Horry of Austin were married in 1954. He graduated in 1955 with a B.S. in Agriculture and was commissioned in the U.S. Army through the ROTC program. He completed officers training at Fort Sill, in Lawton, Ok. and served in the army reserves for 17 years rising to the rank of Major.

He began his career as an Ag teacher in the Rio Grande Valley and later worked for the U.S Department of Agriculture, Farmers Home Administration, for 30 years, retiring in 1990 as District Director over a large portion of North Texas. After his retirement, he became a realtor for Century 21 Gold Coat Realtors for 18 years, retiring again in 2008. He enjoyed working in his yard and garden, “piddling around” in his garage, dominoes, politics, his church, and his family. He was a dutiful servant of Faith Lutheran Church, acting in many capacities over the years.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers; and a sister.

Survivors include his wife; his children, David McGilvray Kim Wilkins, both of Wichita Falls, Cindy Young of Iowa Park, and Bruce McGilvray of Dallas; a sister, Gene Cummings, of The Woodlands; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

The family suggest for those desiring, memorials may be made to Faith Lutheran Church at 1437 Southwest Parkway, Wichita Falls, Tx. 76302.

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