David John McGinnis, Sr.
February 3, 1948 – May 14, 2019
Mr. David J. McGinnis, Sr., 71 of McDonough passed away May 14, 2019. He was born in Atlanta on February 3, 1948 to the late Charles A. and Peggy Woolford McGinnis. David was an Atlanta Fire Fighter for 10 years and a decorated city of Atlanta Police Officer for 20 years. After retiring from the city of Atlanta he was employed with R & L Carriers as a security investigator. David was an avid boater, gardener and animal lover. He was preceded in death by his daughter Margaux McGinnis, his grandson Malcolm McGinnis and a brother Terry McGinnis, Sr. David is survived by a son David McGinnis, Jr. of Locust Grove, granddaughter, Samantha (Matt Aderhold) McGinnis, and a great-granddaughter Sloan Aderhold. Brothers and sisters, Malcolm McGinnis, Susie (Cecil) Waldrop, Gary (Sandra) McGinnis, Russell McGinnis, Melody (Van) Covington and Robin McGinnis and several nieces, nephews and cousins. The family will receive friends on June 1, 2019 at 12:00pm and a Celebration of Life will follow in our chapel at 1:00pm with Pastor Dave Riley officiating. Haisten Funerals and Cremation. 770-914-8833
- David is survived by a son David McGinnis, Jr. of Locust Grove, granddaughter, Samantha (Matt Aderhold) McGinnis, and a great-granddaughter Sloan Aderhold. Brothers and sisters, Malcolm McGinnis, Susie (Cecil) Waldrop, Gary (Sandra) McGinnis, Russell McGinnis, Melody (Van) Covington and Robin McGinnis and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
- Visitation Saturday, June 1, 2019
- Memorial Service - Haisten Funeral Home Chapel Saturday, June 1, 2019
David John McGinnis, Sr.
June 3, 2019
To David's family: Thanks for the wonderful photos! David and I fought fire assigned to Atlanta Fire Engine 10 (Grant Park) in the late '60s. Even-tempered, kindhearted, and most professional are my remembrances of him. A true Southern Gentleman. He always looked sharp in his Class "A" dress uniform! Your loss is mine as well. Blessings from all his firefighting family. Danny Bowman, Fire Chief, Forsyth County (retired)
May 30, 2019
A man who knew how to laugh and make you laugh right a long with him. Rest in Heaven friend you won't be forgotten.
May 29, 2019
David was a great motorman. I remember working along side of him in zone 2. I was a Rookie and loved to hear him and his motor roll up when I needed help. Rest in Peace. You done good.
May 28, 2019
Work was never work when David Sr was around. I have so many found memories of David Sr and I riding motorcycles at APD. Funny, but we never considered it work...
We had some serious times but the majority of it was just a blast. As a partner he could always be counted on. He could spot a bad tag, stolen car or wanted person a block away.
I remember the special welcome he gave me as the new guy to Day Watch Motors. We'll leave it at that... Day Watch Motors was a special place. Everyone WANTED to be there. Those guys were policemen to the core. It was more then a job even though their average time on APD was well over 20 years when I got there. David Sr was already a fixture. The time before roll call was always memorable. What a session that was. David took it all in stride. I remember when someone got him, he would just fold his arms, get that serious look on his face and just be quiet. He'd return that insult in due time....
I'm currently out of the country and wish I could be there for the entire McGinnis family. David Sr and Jr have played a large roll in my career at APD and even more as personal friends.
David Jr, I certainly appreciate the time I had with your father. He was a great man and police officer. May he ride that Kawasaki straight through those Pearly Gates!