JD (Mac) McGuyer of Commerce, Texas, joined his family in Christ on May 30, 2016.
JD was born Feb. 11, 1918, in Charleston, Texas, to Benjamin and Florence McGuyer. He grew up on the family farm in Charleston and attended school there through the eighth grade. He attended Cooper High School and earned his high school diploma in 1937. He then attended barber school and started his barber career in Jacksonville, Texas.
In May, 1941, he was drafted into the U.S. Army prior to the start of WWII, and completed his basic training at Fort Leonard Wood. He was boarding a naval ship in San Francisco with the intention of being shipped to the Philippines when Pearl Harbor was attacked on Dec. 7, 1941. His Army battalion was redirected, and he was on one of the first ships from the mainland to arrive at Pearl Harbor. He spent the next year and a half helping to rebuild Pearl Harbor and served as an Army barber after duty hours each night. When the Pacific offensive began, he and his Company "A" 47th Engineer Construction battalion were attached to a Marine unit as they began island "hopping" across the Pacific Ocean.
He always considered himself very lucky to have survived the battles that ensued on Kwajalein, Eniwetok and Saipan. He was finally on Okinawa when WWII was ended. Military decorations and citations included The Army Meritorious Unit Award, American Defense Service Metal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with three Bronze Stars, Good Conduct Medal, one Service Stripe and seven Overseas Service Bars. He was honorably discharged and returned to Texas after WWII ended.
On Nov. 6, 1945, he married Dorothy Hendley in Oak Cliff, Texas. He worked as a barber in Oak Cliff. To help with the illness of a relative, they moved to Canyon, Texas, for a year and returned to the Paris, Texas, and Dallas area afterward. In 1954, they moved to Commerce where he soon became the owner of the West Side Barber Shop in downtown Commerce. He worked there until his retirement in 1997 at age 79. During those years at the West Side Barber Shop, the barber chairs became a far-reaching source of local and national information, dubious tales of fishing excursions and the "occasional" telling of jokes of all kinds. It was during this time that he became known in Commerce as simply "Mac." He was an avid fan and supporter of local athletic and music programs; but more importantly, he was a follower of Christ at the First United Methodist Church in Commerce. He helped to raise three sons in Commerce and later treasured the company of numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. On the day of his retirement Dec. 18, 1997, the mayor of Commerce declared it to be "Mac" McGuyer Day, and he was "given the keys to the city" for the day. Early in his retirement, he enjoyed traveling throughout the United States. Later in his retirement, he enjoyed the company of numerous local friends at breakfast meetings in town, and especially enjoyed the overwhelming support and friendship of Bob and Norma Monday of Commerce.
Mac was a lifelong conservative and lived his life demonstrating traditional common-sense principles.
He is survived by his dear friend of 40 years, Dr. Margaret Steigman of Tyler; his sons, Monty McGuyer and wife Lisa of Campbell, Texas, and Shawn McGuyer of Alpine, Texas; daughter-in-law Kathryn McGuyer of McKinney, Texas; grandchildren Angela McGuyer of Granbury, Laurie Lively and husband Steven of Stephenville, Julie Blackburn and husband Mark of Stephenville, Lisa McGuyer of Dallas, Kristan McGuyer of Forney, Lance McGuyer, and Josh McGuyer and Emily McGuyer of Campbell; great-grandchildren Erin McGuyer-Huffman and Robyn Huffman of Granbury, Luke Blackburn, Abbey Blackburn, Macie Lively and Bryson Lively of Stephenville, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Florence McGuyer; his father, Benjamin McGuyer; wife Dorothy McGuyer; son Jeffrey McGuyer; and grandchild Preston McG uyer.
Services will be Saturday, June 4, at 11 a.m. in the Jones-Walker & Son Chapel with Bro. Terry Bryan officiating. Interment with military honors will be held at Rosemound Cemetery following the service.
Visitation will be held Friday, June 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Pallbearers for Mac will be Mark Blackburn, Steven Lively, Lance McGuyer, Josh McGuyer, Pat Steigman and Don Talley.
Honorary pallbearers will be Margaret Steigman, Bob Monday, Norma Monday, Artie Hass and Dr. Ton Selvaggi.
Published on June 1, 2016