OBITUARY

George C. McIngvale Sr.

September 17, 1923February 28, 2013

George Critz McIngvale, Sr., devoted family man, World War II veteran, successful businessman, philanthropist, and devout Catholic, passed away Thursday, February 28th in Houston, Texas at the age of 89. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Angela; five children: Jim McIngvale, Julia Stout, Mary Dunson, Ralph McIngvale, Angela Jones and their spouses; 16 grandchildren and four great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his eldest son, George C. McIngvale, Jr., and his great grand-daughter, Mathilde Juliette Stout.

Mr. Mack's legacy can be summed up with the "three Fs": Faith, Family and the Bishop Lynch Friars.

He was born the youngest of four children to loving parents, Bessie and George McIngvale, and grew up in his beloved hometown of Starkville, Mississippi. There, his outgoing personality and zest for life made him a friend to all, many who knew him as "Teaberry" McIngvale given his penchant for performing the Teaberry shuffle for his teammates. He attended Starkville High School where he lettered in football and track, and was voted "Mr. Starkville High School" and "Best Athlete".

After two years at Mississippi State, he joined the U.S. Army to fight in World War II. He served in the 91st Infantry Division, 316th Engineer Combat Battalion, and between 1943-1945 saw action in the Italian Campaign in Rome, Acno, North Appennines, and Po Valley. Following his military service, he returned to Mississippi State and lettered in football, basketball and track. He was also a member of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity -- a tradition his son, Jim "Mattress Mack" McIngvale and three grandsons upheld.

After graduating college in 1947, he met the love of his life, Angela Buffler. They married October 13, 1948 in Florence, Alabama and moved to Dallas, Texas in the early 1950s. Mr. McIngvale worked for Allied Finance for years before beginning his own insurance company, McIngvale Associates.

Moved by his wife's faith, George converted to Catholicism and raised their children in the traditions of the Church: attending St. Pius X Catholic Church and parochial school. In the early 1960s, Mr. McIngvale worked with Msrg. Weinzapfel as chairman of the Budget Sunday campaign to build a new church for St. Pius X. Their collective vision was to build a beautiful church where only cotton fields had stood. Monsignor dubbed the team his "twelve apostles."

Mr. McIngvale then took his fundraising talents to the next level helping to raise the capital to build Bishop Lynch High School. Always an avid sports fan, he took a particular interest in construction of the football and baseball field for the school's teams, dubbed the Friars. Mr. Mcingvale traveled the state following the Friars. Today, Bishop Lynch is a Blue Ribbon school recognized around the state as one of the finest private schools in Texas. It has served over 10,000+ students in the Dallas area, had more than 320 National Merit Scholars (one of which was his eldest son George), and has won over 60 state championships in various sports.

Over 25 years ago, Mr. Mack and his wife moved from Dallas to Houston to join his son in his new business venture, Gallery Furniture. He was loved by the Gallery employees and noted for his generosity and devotion to his faith. In fact, he served as a mentor to many throughout his life, and was responsible for numerous conversions to the Catholic faith.

Known as Daddy, Pops, PePaw and Mr. Mack, he was the lifeblood of his family -- always encouraging his children and grandkids to do their best, help others, make friends, love one another and work hard. Mr. Mack was the quintessential optimist. He saw the best in all people and had never met a stranger. Complimenting people, putting them at ease making them feel like the most important person in the world. His greetings were full of colloquialisms and truisms which would straighten you out in a hurry:

Right's right and wrong's wrong. The Lord hates a coward! Make up your mind and be somebody!

Finally, the McIngvale family would like to express our most sincere gratitude and thanks to Mr. McIngvale's wonderful, skilled, kind, and devoted caregivers: Febe Keers and Alicia Cortes.

A vigil and rosary service will be held this Sunday, March 3rd at 6:00pm at the Forrest Park Woodlands Funeral Home, 18000 Interstate 45 South, The Woodlands, TX 77384 Phone (936) 321-5115. The Mass of the Resurrection will be Monday, March 4th at 1:00 pm, Christ the Good Shepherd, 18511 Klein Church Road, Spring, TX 77379. Pallbearers for Mr. McIngvale will be his grandsons: Bryan Dunson, Thomas Dunson, George McIngvale, Randol Stout, Hank Stout, James McIngvale, Sam McIngvale, Ken Jones and Benjamin Jones.

A Christian burial will follow the funeral mass at Forrest Park Cemetery 18000 Interstate 45 South, The Woodlands, TX 77384 Phone (936) 321-5115.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to Bishop Lynch High School, Dallas, Texas http://www.bishoplynch.org or Blessed Frassati High School in Spring, Texas (http://frassaticatholic.org/).

Services

  • Visitation And Vigil Service Sunday, March 3, 2013
  • Rosary Sunday, March 3, 2013
  • Mass Of The Resurrection Monday, March 4, 2013
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George C. McIngvale Sr.

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October 24, 2013

Oh mr. mac u most defintly are one of gods chosen ones no doubt. and it was a honor working for you mr. jim and your lovely daughter.mr mac with your motivation conversations you spoke with me made my life awesome thru all these years . thank you for all you did for me me working at nautilus fitness centers . you told me how the machines worked on the body and use machines and program like your suppose to and I wouldn't be that chubby girl anymore. and I would feel great.you were right mr mac. it worked for me so well I couldn't wait to be one of your fitness instrutors to share with as many women in this world about nautilus program. thank mr mac. for believing in me sir.and to the other family members I know the pain u must be enduring at this time.love you all. cant wait to see you again in heven mr. mac . I love you sir. sincerely jerrilynn strong

Sherrie Maxey

March 11, 2013

I am so sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathy is with the whole family. God Bless you all.

Louis Marotta

March 7, 2013

In 1970, as a 14 yr old boy at St Pius X in Dallas,Tx, our football team went to Houston for state championship. Mr. Mac paid much of the expenses, including the fancy hotel (Hilton). I was a horrible football player,always on the sideline, but tried my best. When we were ahead by 50 so points, Mr. Mac urged our coach,Jerry Kwiloz, to put me in. I had an interception and a tackle. Wow! In that one act of encouragement, I felt equal, part of the team, and this raised my self-esteem. My sincere condolences to the family, including my classmate Ralph, from 1963-1975.

March 5, 2013

Mr. McIngvale was such a delightful man and it was a pleasure to meet and work for him. He and his loved ones will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Jeff Patrizi and Your CAM Construction Team

Kim Lingren Fox

March 4, 2013

I would like to express our sincere condolences to the McIngvale family from the Lingren family. We go a long ways back and I have many wonderful memories of growing up with your family. Rest in peace Mr. McIngvale and may God bless the rest of the family.

Archie Hayes

March 4, 2013

Jim and Linda, Our prayers are with you and your family during this time of sorrow.

March 4, 2013

My sincere sympathy to Mrs. McIngvale and all of the family of George C. McIngvale. I had the opportunity to work for McIngvale Associates on LBJ beginning as a policy typist and then as an assistant secretary for Mr. McIngvale in the executive offices. It was an honor to know such a man with a deep love for his family, church, friends and employees. He cared. I am still working today and have had other good jobs for nice people but I feel I learned a lot from having the chance to work for Mr. McIngvale and he was always a nice gentleman. I have many times thought of him and all of you over the years. My sympanthy is with you now and I wish all of you the best now and in the future. Vicki Harper, 605 East Kaufman Street, Rockwall, Texas 75087

Fran & Priscilla Pirozzolo

March 3, 2013

Mr. McIngvale was a wonderful man! We briefly knew him when he was raising funds for a Spring Catholic School. His integrity glowed... Sending sympathy to Angela and all of the McIngvale family. You will be in our prayers. Priscilla & Fran Pirozzolo

Craig Muessig

March 3, 2013

Simply put, one of the most wonderful, dynamic, and charismatic men I have ever known! (He really could sell ice cubes to Eskimos.)

Faith, Family, and the Bishop Lynch Friars, how well put! God bless you, Mr. McIngvale.

Karen Malicoat-Martin

March 3, 2013

Mr. McIngvale gave me my first professional job after graduating from college. It was an honor working for his Nautilus Fitness Centers in the late 1970's. Mr. Mac had a way of making each of us feel special...as if we were part of his family. His enthusiasm inspired the entire staff to work hard and do our best each day and to have fun doing it! He holds a special place in my heart and an important memory in my life. My prayers are with your family.