GARY LEON MCENTYRE, 53 OF Irving and formerly of Paris

Garygarymcentryre Leon McEntyre Jr., 53 of Irving and formerly of Paris, entered into eternal rest June 1, 2016.  Chapel Services have been scheduled for 2:00pm on Saturday, June 4, 2016 with Reverend Justin Hilliard officiating.  Burial will follow in Highland Cemetery.  The Family will receive friends at the funeral home one prior to services.  Wood Funeral Homes have charge of the arrangements.

Gary was born on April 22, 1963 in Paris, Texas.  He attended Paris High School, Paris Junior College, East Texas State University and the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston where he earned his Registered Nurse Degree.  Gary was a lifelong caregiver, having been employed at John Sealy Hospital in Galveston, UT Southwestern Hospital in Dallas.  He was also employed at Huntsville Correctional Facility as a paramedic.

Gary was an Eagle Scout and the recipient of the Bronze Bear and Silver Beaver Awards and the Wood Badge.  He served as a CPR instructor for the Red Cross and the NETSEO Trails Scout Council Staff for several years.  Gary enjoyed camping, travel, and attending Celtic Festivals and bagpipes.

Gary is survived by his mother, Brenda McEntyre of Pattonville; his partner Joseph Schwartz of Irving; numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, Gary Leon McEntyre, Sr.; grandparents, James and Ella Wood, Herman and Leona McEntyre; uncle James Edward Wood and a cousin Chad McEntyre.

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  1. Rocky Galvan says:

    My sincerest condolences. I had the pleasure of working alongside Gary and eventually became his Manager a few years back. His presence was always inviting. He was always smiling, happy, and planning a get together for our team. He will be greatly missed. God bless you all and may he RIP

  2. Sherri Almeida says:

    I worked with Gary for 10 months at UTSW. When you are an outsider working with a formed team the work can be challenging. Gary accepted me and the work I was hired to do immediately. We would chat about life and the importance of living a quality life. He shared many of his adventures past and present. He was a gentle soul and he will be missed by many. My condolences to his family and his UTSW family.

  3. Gregg Claypool says:

    My heartfelt condolences during this most difficult time. Gary was a good friend and he will be greatly missed.

  4. Alice Westmoreland says:

    I worked with Gary at UTMB in Galveston. I enjoyed knowing and working with Gary. My deepest sympathies to the family.

  5. Richard Fields says:

    Thoughts and prayers are with Gary’s family and friends. May he rest in peace. God bless. Gonna miss you.

  6. Anita Locke says:

    So sorry to hear of Gary. Know it’s hard on you. But with your faith & the help of family & friends , you can make it. I’m in CAlf.but you’re in my prayers

  7. ed smith says:

    Brenda: Marti and I send our deepest condolences to you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of great loss.

  8. Johnna Weaver says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. We went through school together and stayed in contact when I moved to Houston. He was a sweet soul and I enjoyed seeing his photos of the places he visited. My prayers are with you all.

    Johnna Hanna Weaver

  9. Matt Fondren says:

    I’ll miss you GARY. We had a lot of fun times in Galveston in the late 90’s.

    You are a gentle soul with a big heart. My condolences to the family and all of Gary’s many friends.

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