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Obituary Garner R. "Skeeter" McGinty
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Garner R. "Skeeter" McGinty  
Homer residet Garner Ray "Skeeter" McGinty, 77, died of cancer Oct. 22, 2002, in Anchorage.

A service was held Oct. 28 at the VFW Post 1685 in Anchorage. A memorial service in Homer will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the American Legion on East End Road. His ashes will be transported to Arkansas by Jewell Thompson and buried next to his daughter, Debra McGinty, who preceded him in death.

Mr. McGinty was born Jan. 25, 1925, in Choctaw, Ark. He was a high school graduate and attended Clinton State Vocational School.

Mr. McGinty was a carpenter and contractor. He was a lifetime member of the VFW, American Legion Post 16 and Pioneers of Alaska.

He enjoyed spending time with his friends and family and was always willing to help anyone who needed it. Many of his friends enjoyed listening to him play the guitar as well as he loved playing it.

His family wrote, "Skeeter McGinty served on the USS Detroit during World War II as a signalman third class. He joined the Navy at 17 and left high school for boot camp. After serving three years in the Navy, he returned to high school and received his diploma. He married Jewell Story in 1947 and had three children, Debra, Sandy and Garner Jr. They moved to Alaska in 1952. He moved to Homer in 1979 and was a longtime resident of Homer. Garner died peacefully at his daughter's home in Anchorage after battling cancer. By his side was his daughter, Sandy Ellis, ex-wife Jewell Thompson, and his close friend Bob "Railroad Bob" Davidson.

"He will be missed and was loved by all who knew and were friends with him. He was truly a character and a good father."

Mr. McGinty is survived by his sister, Norma Mackery of Peoria, Ariz.; children Sandy and her husband Rick Ellis; Garner McGinty Jr.; ex- and only wife, Jewell Thompson, all of Anchorage; grandchildren Richard Ellis Jr., Sasha Ellis, Randy Ellis and Shella Ellis, all of Anchorage; and Shauna McGinty of Fairbanks.

Arrangements were by Witzleben Family Funeral Homes and Crematory.