Charles Joseph McGuire III

February 2, 1942February 2, 2019

Charles (Chuck) McGuire III was born on Monday, February 2, 1942 in Dallas, Texas to Barbara Wilson McGuire and Charles J. McGuire II and passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 2, 2019, his 77th birthday.

Chuck was a graduate of Jesuit High School where in addition to academic excellence he excelled in both baseball and basketball. He was a three-year letterman in both sports and was named the school’s Outstanding Athlete in 1960 and was inducted into the Jesuit Sports Hall of Fame in 2005.

He attended Texas A&M University on a baseball scholarship where he was a first team All-American 1962-64 and competed in the 1964 College World Series. Forsaking an offer to play professional baseball by the Los Angeles Dodgers, Chuck elected to make the law his profession by attending SMU Law School.

In 1973 along with two other attorneys he founded the law firm Winstead, McGuire, Sechrest and Minick and would go on to establish a second law firm, McGuire, Craddock & Strother, where he specialized in areas of banking and surety law. Chuck was a member of the State Bar of Texas, 1967-2019; the Dallas Bar Association, 1967-2019; the Texas Association of Bank Counsel and the American Bar Association, 1967-2019.

Preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Kathryn Dillon McGuire, and his son, Charles J. McGuire IV. He is survived by his sister, Susan Urban of Dallas, and his daughter and granddaughter, Kate and Sarah Martin of Dallas.

Family, friends and colleagues mourn the loss of Chuck who leaves behind a legacy of professional excellence, athletic proficiency and his trademark wit and good humor. He will be profoundly missed.

A Memorial Service will be held Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 10 a.m. at St. Rita Catholic Church 12521 Inwood Road Dallas, Texas 75244.

An inurnment (pending time and date) will occur at Calvary Hill Cemetery 3235 Lombardy Lane Dallas, Texas 75220.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Rev. Jack Deeves, S.J. Scholarship Fund, Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas, 12345 Inwood Rd., Dallas, TX 75244.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the McGuire family.


  • Barbara Wilson McGuire, Mother
  • Charles Joseph McGuire II, Father
  • Kathryn Dillon McGuire, Wife
  • Charles J McGuire IV, Son
  • Kathryn McGuire Martin, Daughter
  • Susan Urban, Sister
  • Sarah Martin, Granddaughter

  • Rev. Jack Deeves, S.J. Scholarship Fund



  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, February 12, 2019


  • Inurnment - Pending

Charles Joseph McGuire III

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Susan York

February 6, 2019

I first met Chuck McGuire while working at Winstead. He terrified me then, but I also respected him as an attorney. Fast forward, I started working at McGuire, Craddock & Strother in 2000 and once again had the pleasure of working with Chuck. He cared deeply about the welfare of his employees and his firm. Although he could be gruff on the outside, I always felt he was a teddy bear inside. One of my favorite memories of Chuck was when we were moving offices and I was carrying a box of files. He asked if I needed help and I thanked him and said, "No, I have it." I had barely said no when he said, "Well you look like a big old country girl. I figured you could handle it." He strode away and I was left standing with my mouth agape. I never took anything he said personally. It was just Chuck. "Get out of my way, woman! I'm busy!" I will miss you, Chuckles. You were a good man.

Pamela Martin Etie

February 5, 2019

I met Chuck when I joined Winstead, McGuire, Sechrest & Trimble in 1975 and had the pleasure of working with him for many years. He was a great lawyer, a good man, and a treasured mentor to me. I haven't seen him in a long time, but I will miss him, and I know many others will as well.

Jennifer Ryback

February 5, 2019

My favorite memory of Chuck was at the Firm Holiday Party a couple of years ago when some of the women in the firm had sweatshirts made with Chuck's law review picture and the phrase "Make Christmas Great Again" on the front of them. Chuck was thrilled, saying it was the best picture he had ever taken. He got the biggest kick out of doing the sorority squat pose with me in this picture while proudly wearing his sweatshirt. Chuck was one-of-a-kind and he will be dearly missed.

Jack Gannon

February 5, 2019

I've office'd right next to Chuck for the past 7 years. During that time I had the distinct privilege and pleasure of getting to know him. Many of the things he said and did, including his words of encouragement, affected me immensely and left a lasting impression. Chuck had a larger than life presence. His absence is felt. I'll miss him.

Amy Kearney

February 5, 2019

As an associate at McGuire, Craddock, and Strother, I was blessed to know Chuck over the past three years. Chuck was a mentor and a friend to me, as well as a frequent lunch buddy. Chuck introduced me to Dunston's (he forced me to order the chicken pot pie special even though he never got it himself), Mockingbird Diner (he hated those benches, but loved the creamed spinach), Norma's, and many more. Some of my favorite memories with Chuck include heckling golfers during lunch at Stevens Park ("We're not just gonna give you that hole!") and watching Chuck humorously glide across the dance floor at my wedding to come and say congratulations to me and my now-husband, Kris. Chuck was a powerhouse of an attorney as well as a friend, and I will always aspire to be like him in more ways than one.

Natalie Blankenship

February 5, 2019

Having worked at the Winstead law firm since the early 80s, I had the pleasure of knowing Chuck McGuire for many years before he formed his own law firm in Dallas. He will be missed in the legal field.