HOUSTON, Texas â€” Mr. George Critz McIngvale Sr., 89, devoted family man, World War II veteran, successful businessman,Â philanthropist and devout Catholic, died Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013 in Houston, Texas.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Angela; five children, Jim McIngvale, Julia Stout, MaryÂ Dunson, Ralph McIngvale, Angela Jones and their spouses; 16 grandchildren; and fourÂ great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his eldest son, George C. McIngvale Jr.; and his great-granddaughter, Mathilde Juliette Stout.
Mr. Mackâ€™s legacy can be summed up with the three Fs: Faith, Family and the Bishop LynchÂ Friars.
He was born on Sept. 17, 1923, the youngest of four children to loving parents, Bessie and George McIngvale, and grewÂ up in his beloved hometown of Starkville. There, his outgoing personality and zest forÂ life made him a friend to all, many who knew him as â€śTeaberryâ€ť McIngvale given his penchant forÂ performing the Teaberry shuffle for his teammates. He attended Starkville High School where heÂ lettered in football and track, and was voted â€śMr. Starkville High Schoolâ€ť and â€śBest Athlete.â€ť
After two years at Mississippi State, he joined the U.S. Army to fight in World War II. He served inÂ the 91st Infantry Division, 316th Engineer Combat Battalion, and between 1943-1945 saw action inÂ the Italian Campaign in Rome, Acno, North Appennines and Po Valley. Following his militaryÂ service, he returned to Mississippi State and lettered in football, basketball and track. He was also aÂ member of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity â€” a tradition his son, Jim â€śMattress Mackâ€ť McIngvale andÂ three grandsons upheld.
After graduating college in 1947, he met the love of his life, Angela Buffler. They married Oct. 13, 1948 in Florence, Ala. and moved to Dallas, Texas in the early 1950s. Mr. McIngvaleÂ worked for Allied Finance for years before beginning his own insurance company, McIngvaleÂ Associates. Â
Moved by his wifeâ€™s faith, George converted to Catholicism and raised their children in the traditionsÂ of the Church: attending St. Pius X Catholic Church and parochial school. In the early 1960s, Mr.Â McIngvale worked with Msrg. Weinzapfel as chairman of the Budget Sunday campaign to build aÂ new church for St. Pius X. Their collective vision was to build a beautiful church where only cottonÂ fields had stood. Â Monsignor dubbed the team his â€śtwelve apostles.â€ťÂ
Mr. McIngvale then took his fundraising talents to the next level helping to raise the capital to buildÂ Bishop Lynch High School. Always an avid sports fan, he took a particular interest in constructionÂ of the football and baseball field for the schoolâ€™s teams, dubbed the Friars. Mr. Mcingvale traveledÂ the state following the Friars. Today, Bishop Lynch is a Blue Ribbon school recognized around theÂ state as one of the finest private schools in Texas. It has served over 10,000 students in the DallasÂ area, had more than 320 National Merit Scholars (one of which was his eldest son George), and hasÂ won over 60 state championships in various sports.Â
Over 25 years ago, Mr. Mack and his wife moved from Dallas to Houston to join his son in his newÂ business venture, Gallery Furniture. He was loved by the Gallery employees and noted for hisÂ generosity and devotion to his faith. In fact, he served as a mentor to many throughout his life, andÂ was responsible for numerous conversions to the Catholic faith.
Known as Daddy, Pops, PePaw and Mr. Mack, he was the lifeblood of his family â€” alwaysÂ encouraging his children and grandkids to do their best, help others, make friends, love one anotherÂ and work hard. Mr. Mack was the quintessential optimist. He saw the best in all people and hadÂ never met a stranger. Complimenting people, putting them at ease making them feel like the mostÂ important person in the world. His greetings were full of colloquialisms and truisms which wouldÂ straighten you out in a hurry â€” â€śRightâ€™s right and wrongâ€™s wrong. The Lord hates a coward. Make up your mind and be somebody.â€ť
Finally, the McIngvale family would like to express our most sincere gratitude and thanks to Mr.Â McIngvaleâ€™s wonderful, skilled, kind, and devoted caregivers: Febe Keers and Alicia Cortes.Â
A vigil and rosary service will be held this Sunday, March 3rd at 6 p.m. at the Forrest ParkÂ 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 p.m., Christ the GoodÂ Shepherd, 18511 Klein Church Road, Spring, TX 77379.
Pallbearers for Mr. McIngvale will be hisÂ grandsons, Bryan Dunson, Thomas Dunson, George McIngvale, Randol Stout, Hank Stout, JamesÂ McIngvale, Sam McIngvale, Ken Jones and Benjamin Jones.Â
A Christian burial will follow the funeral mass at Forest Park Cemetery 18000 Interstate 45 South,Â The Woodlands, TX 77384 Phone (936) 321-5115.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to Bishop Lynch High School, Dallas, TexasÂ (http://www.bishoplynch.org/page.aspx?pid=1324) or Blessed Frasatti High School in Spring, TexasÂ (http://frassaticatholic.org/).