Gerald Wayne McGuire, age 71 of Jackson, passed away on October 16, 2021 in Memphis, TN.
He was born on November 8, 1949 in Paris, TN, the son of the late John William and Joan Grace McGuire. He graduated from E.W. Grove High School in the class of 1967 and from Murray State University in 1971 with a Bachelor’s degree. He married Jennifer Merrell on June 12, 1971 and they celebrated 50 years of marriage this year.
Gerald was a band instrument repair technician and worked for Wallick Music Company in Jackson. He served as the choir director at Bemis United Methodist Church for 22 years and Malesus United Methodist Church until his retirement in 2016. Gerald was a member of the Phi Mu Alpha fraternity, a professional music fraternity.
He is survived by his wife, Jennifer Merrell McGuire; two daughters, Ann McGuire Cavin (Paul) and Melody McGuire Clifton (Kelly); grandchildren, Wesson and Vivian Clifton; his aunt, Ramelle Grace Holder; and special friends, Warner and Fran Turner.
The family will receive friends on Saturday, October 23, 2021 from 11 a.m. -1 p.m. at Malesus United Methodist Church. Funeral services will follow at 1 p.m. at Malesus United Methodist Church with Rev. Travis Penney officiating. Burial will follow in Ridgecrest Cemetery.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be directed to Malesus United Methodist Church, Bemis United Methodist Church, or to the William F. Crosswy Scholarship, c/o Mike Holden, 175 Castleton Cove, Paris, TN 38242.
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