Surrounded by his family at home while listening to cowboy ballads, Larry Junius McGinty passed away December 2, 2020, at the age of 73. Larry never buckled under the weight of his long, difficult struggle with Parkinson’s Disease. He lived well throughout it, bravely facing each day with grace and humor.
A genuine man whose remarkably dry wit amused his family and friends and curried the favor of strangers, Larry was a true gift to all who knew him. He was a saddle bronc riding, fence mending, cottonmouth killing, dewberry picking, tractor driving, long tall Texan. Amazement and wonder for all of life - the good and the hard - and his love for words spurred his practice and dedication for reading and writing poetry.
Larry attended Navasota High School and Baylor University. He made lifelong friends at Baylor and for forty years they have annually gathered for a Friends’ Reunion on the Guadalupe River in the hills of Texas. Colloquially known as “The Reunion,” the group strengthens and celebrates their friendships with long walks, lively talks around the fire, scrumptious dinners, talent shows, and a kazoo band. As master of ceremonies for the talent show, Larry would bring the house down with much anticipated delight and booming laughter as his alter ego, “Brother Junius” stepped up to preach. Feeling great loss at his death, these friends have spent much time reflecting upon the influence Larry had in their lives, his kindness, his support, and his poetry.
A skilled proof reader for published authors, Larry was also a speech writer for politicians, owner of an advertising agency, and vice-president of Stasco, Inc. A loving and supportive husband to his wife, Ann, Larry was every bit a loving, generous, joyful father to his children, Claire and Luke. As a gentle and astute guide, he “reprimanded” them with Texas folklore, the theologies of Bonhoeffer, Buber and Niebuhr, the poetry of Mary Oliver, and the teachings of Chief Joseph.
A true cowboy at heart, Larry traveled with his family to new and far adventures in the western Rockies and blessed them with a love for Montana, Wyoming, New Mexico, Colorado, and Idaho. He enjoyed ranching, raising Quarter horses and Santa Gertrudis and Hereford cross cattle on the McGinty family ranch near Anderson, Texas. As a modern cowboy poet, he carried his pen and notebook everywhere and would hammer away at the computer late into the night. With exquisitely precise language, he crafted well received and cherished poems and essays. His words reflect curiosity about and appreciation of living in this world. He worked to match the mystery he discovered with the beauty of his words.
Larry reminded us all with his words and his life to leave our world better than we find it — and to leave kindling behind for those who follow.
The son of Lillian Beatrice and Junius Willoughby McGinty, Larry is survived by his wife of 38 years, Ann Skiles McGinty, his daughter, Claire Collier McGinty, and his son, Samuel Luke McGinty. He is also deeply missed by his sister and brother in law, Lynette and Fred Adam, his brother and sister in law, Kenny and Donna Lynn Thurman McGinty, and his brother in law, Rudy Zachry. Larry leaves behind nieces, Lezlie Adam Armour, Kelli McGinty Hannusch, and Rachel Zachry; and his nephews, Dusty McGinty, Biff Adam, Andrew Zachry and Joshua Zachry.
The McGinty family wishes to thank endless friends who faithfully supported Ann and Larry throughout his illness. They acknowledge with deep appreciation the staff at Silverado Hermann Park Memory Care Community and Silverado Hospice for the care given Larry during his last years. The family also gratefully thanks the Houston Area Parkinson Society for their valuable guidance and support throughout many years.
Gifts in Larry’s memory may be made to the Houston Area Parkinson Society, The Nature Conservancy-Texas Chapter, or to Christ Church Cathedral, Houston.