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Charles McGuirt

Camden

Posted: November 27, 2011 2:40 p.m.
Updated: November 28, 2011 5:00 a.m.

Funeral services to celebrate the life of Charles William McGuirt, 74, of Camden will be held Saturday November 26, 2011 at 2:00 PM at Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church with burial to follow in Quaker Cemetery with Masonic Rites. Rev. Steve Patterson, Rev. David Weaver and Rev. Frank Griffith will officiate. The family will receive friends Friday, November 25, 2011 from 4:00 – 6:00 PM at Kornegay Funeral Home Camden Chapel.

Mr. McGuirt passed away at his home from cancer on Wednesday, November 23, 2011. He was born in Camden, SC on November 21, 1937, the son of J.B. and Annie Blake Kelly McGuirt. He was educated in the public school system and graduated from Camden High School in 1956. While at CHS, he lettered in three sports, and in 1956, he played in the South Carolina state championship basketball game.

He earned a B.A. in 1960 and a M.S. in 1962 from Georgia Tech School of Aerospace Engineering. From 1961 – 1964, Mr. McGuirt taught in the Georgia Tech Aerospace School. In 1968, he earned a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering at Purdue University’s School of Aeronautics, Astronautics, and Engineering Sciences. He returned to Camden in 1968 to join J.B. McGuirt and Sons, a family real estate and construction business.

Mr. McGuirt was active in the community including service as Kiwanis Club president and a four term member of the Kershaw County School Board. He chaired the Board of Trustees of Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church numerous times. He was a member of Masonic Lodge #29. In 1982, the McGuirt family was honored by Gov. Dick Riley as the South Carolina Family of the Year.

He enjoyed many outdoor activities including hunting, fishing, and golf. In 1976, he invented and patented a fishing lure. In 1973, during former Gov. John West’s term, the family frog “Minerva” won the Governor’s Frog Jumping Contest in Springfield, S.C. Mr. McGuirt wrote and published two books about growing up in rural South Carolina – Alice the Elephant and Earle the Squirrel.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Emily Parker McGuirt, and three children; son, John Kelly McGuirt, M.D. (Shelley) son, Davis Charles McGuirt, D.V.M., M.Div. (Mary Kay); daughter, Joan McGuirt Khan, Ph.D. (Wasil); and nine grandchildren; Davy Grace McGuirt, Elliott Isaac McGuirt; Amanda Kay McGuirt, Robert William McGuirt, Savannah Ruth McGuirt, Emily June McGuirt, Ryan Parker Khan, Joseph Wasil Khan, and Evelyn Joan Khan. In addition, Mr. McGuirt is survived by a brother, James Blake McGuirt (Sarah) and a sister, Elizabeth Ann McGuirt Boone (Clark).
Memorials may be made to Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church, 1206 Lyttleton Street, Camden, SC 29020.

Memorials may be made to Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church, 1206 Lyttleton Street, Camden, SC 29020.

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