Homer Lee McGinnis
April 11, 1941 – May 22, 2018
Homer Lee McGinnis went to be with the Lord Tuesday, May 22, 2018. He was surrounded by his adoring family. He was 77 years old.
Homer was born in Fort Worth, Texas, on April 11, 1941. His parents were Leon McGinnis and Myrtle Morelock Cole. He attended Birdville schools where he lettered in football, basketball, and track. He graduated in the top 10% of his class and received two athletic scholarships. He received a BBA from the University of Texas at Austin under a three year pre-law plan. While at U.T., he developed a life-long love for Longhorn athletics, especially football.
During his college career, which included 3 1/2 years of Law School, he supported himself by washing dishes, waiting tables, door-to-door sales, and working for his uncle, Paul Mcginnis, in the summers. He developed an impressive work ethic which led him to become the astute businessman he was as an adult. He met the love of his life, Ann McGinnis, on a blind date November 4, 1961, and married her May 18, 1963. They were happily married for 55 years and raised three wonderful children whom he loved dearly: Leland Paul, Deanna Lynn, and Melanie Ann.
Homer continued to work for his uncle at Dalworth Oil Company while going to SMU Law School at night until SMU discontinued their night classes. He was less than 30 hours short of having his law degree. He then started Pride of Texas Oil Company with his uncle in 1964 where he was managing partner until 1986 when he bought out his uncle’s interest in both companies. His other business ventures included: founder and vice president of Amni Oil, Inc.; owner of McGinnis Construction Co.; CEO of Dal-Fin, Inc.; owner and president of Tidecraft Fiberglass Products, Inc. He also enjoyed being a silent partner with his brother, Jerry, in the Happy Hooker, a fishing and tackle store they founded in Arlington, Texas.
He held many impressive professional positions throughout his life. He was President of the Arlington Bass Fishing Club (where he was the top angler two years.) Homer was President of the Texas Oil Marketers Association in 1984-1985. He served on the board of TOMA for eighteen years. He received TOMA’s prestigious E.K. Bennett award in recognition of his service to the oil marketing industry and his community. (This was one of his proudest moments.) He also served on the board of the National Petroleum Marketers Association.
Homer was a devout Christian and served as a discussion leader in Men’s Bible Study Fellowship for nine years in Fort Worth as well as Longview, Texas. He also taught Bible Study at Pantego Bible Church for five years. He had a passion for the outdoors and loved hunting, fishing, and camping, especially with Ann or his grandson, Reed. He was an avid reader, amateur gunsmith, gardener, artist, and writer. He most recently finished writing his own memoir.
Homer McGinnis was a godly man whose life was a shining example of integrity, character, humanity, and incredible work ethic. He was an outstanding husband, father, and papa. He loved spending time with his family for they were his pride and joy.
“Finally, I would like to be remembered as a man who never gave up, a man who never ducked a fight if he believed he was right, a man who loved the Lord, his family, and the great state of Texas!” --Homer McGinnis from his book, Nimrod, The Memoirs of Homer McGinnis
Homer is survived by his wife, Ann, his son and daughter-in-law, Leland and Nicole McGinnis, his daughter and son-in-law, Deanna and Gerald Jackson, his daughter, Melanie Durkee, his grandchildren, Brittanie McGinnis, Audrie Hubbard, Reed Saenz, Lily Saenz, and Rylee Jackson, and his four great grandkids.
A Celebration of Life will be held Tuesday, May 29th, 2018 @ 1:00pm at the Church On Rush Creek in Arlington, Texas. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Parkinson’s Foundation at parkinson.org or by mail: Parkinson's Foundation 200 SE 1st Street Suite 800 Miami, FL 33131
- Celebration of Life Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Homer Lee McGinnis
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May 25, 2018
I am saddened to learn of Homer's death. He was a great friend and mentor to me and friend of my dad. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. I will be unable to attend his memorial next Tuesday but I think he will understand. I have a fishing trip planned. I will catch and release one in his honor next week. My condolences. Gary Garrison