Lifelong Ardmore resident and practicing attorney for over 51 years, Derril Wayne McGuire, passed away on Saturday, June 11, 2016.
He was born on May 19, 1940, in his grandmother’s house in Ardmore. He graduated from Ardmore High School in 1958. He began dating his high school sweetheart, Marsha, her sophomore year. He received his bachelor’s degree from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant in 1961 in just three years. He and Marsha were married June 10, 1961, making their temporary residence in Norman where Derril attended the University Of Oklahoma School Of Law. He obtained his Juris Doctorate in May, 1964. They moved back ‘home’ to Ardmore where he began his law practice with Frank Thomas and Charles Milor, and then later with Gene Ritter. He began private practice in 1977.
Derril was an ardent Ardmore Tiger football fan. His two sons, Mark and David, both played for the Tigers. He and Marsha held season tickets for over 40 years. “Pepaw” was a big OU fan. He loved decorating his office and the hallways of the Colston Building before big games like OU/Texas, mostly to jeer his longtime office manager and paralegal, Betty Thomason ... a Texas fan. His infectious laughter drew everyone into his description of the office so they would have to stop by and see for themselves. Derril’s love for sports began with baseball. He lived out a boy’s childhood dream by serving as a batboy for Waco Turner’s Ardmore D league affiliate, the Ardmore Cardinals. During the summers of 1951 and 1952 he traveled as an 11 and 12 year old with the team to all games. Derril contributed many pictures and documents to the Ardmore Historical Museum as well as to author Peter Pierce for his exhaustive documentation of the league entitled “Baseball in the Cross Timbers: the Story of the Sooner State League”. Derril served his community as the Ardmore Municipal Court Justice for over 17 years. During that time he oversaw the safety of the citizens of Ardmore with compassion and fairness. Derril was ordained as a Deacon in the Baptist Church in 1970, upon recommendation by his father-in-law, Homer Hale. Derril and Marsha have been active members of the First Baptist Church of Ardmore for over 40 years where he has contributed in many areas. Derril loved his family. His wife, Marsha, was his constant companion. He loved the anticipation and excitement of traveling with his family to destinations like Turks and Caicos, spending many evenings at Bobby D’s enjoying ice cream with his grandchildren. Derril professed faith in Jesus Christ and was baptized his senior year of high school. He loved his Southern Gospel music and particularly the Gaither Family Concerts. He listened to their music daily. He shared his faith through his words and actions. In their home is a fireplace mantle, made by his father-in-law, Homer that is engraved with his favorite portion of his favorite verse, the 23 Psalm. “Our Cup Runneth Over”.
Derril was preceded in death by his father, Cline McGuire; mother, Edna Carmel Newman; and brother, Vennie McGuire.
He is survived by his wife, Marsha of the home; sons, Mark McGuire and his wife, Lynne, of Norman and David McGuire and his wife, Lori, of Stillwater; sisters, Pat Ruggs and Kathy McClure; brother and sister-in-law, Dr. David and Susan Hobbs; grandchildren, Morgan Bynum and her husband, Austin, Meredith McGuire, Maggie McGuire and Ethan McGuire; and grandchildren by marriage Scottie Swiech, Courtney Ray, Carissa Lundgrin and Candice Anderson.
He and his wife, Marsha, celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary the day before he went to be with the Lord. He will be remembered for a standard of Love, Faith, Justice and Generosity that set him apart from others in the eyes of his family and friends. He was the patriarch to his family who affectionately referred to him as their ‘Pepaw’.
Funeral services will be at the First Baptist Church at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 16, with Dr. Alton Fannin officiating. Interment will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6-7 p.m. this evening at Craddock Funeral Home.
Glenn Burns, Mike Hisey, David Blankenship, Ken Chaffin, Brent Bahner and John Dehart will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers are the Carter County Bar Association, Senior Adult II Men Sunday School Class, Martin Dyer, Clayton Fields and Don Flanagan.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Oklahoma Baptist Home for Girls in Madill, Hope Pregnancy Center of Ardmore or First Baptist Church of Ardmore.
Online condolences can be made at www.craddockfuneralhome.com.