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Michael Garnett McGrady (#47503330)
 member for 6 years, 4 months, 24 days
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Bio Photo I was born in Crooked Oak, a small farming community near Hillsville, Carroll County, Va. in 1935. I was the youngest of eight children, four boys and four girls, born to Delmon McGrady and Ura Princess Dickerson McGrady. My father owned a large farm and also owned and operated a popular country "general merchandise" store in the community./// I attended Crooked Oak Elementary, Laurel Fork Junior High, and Hillsville High. I graduated from Emory and Henry College in the spring of 1955, was accepted into the Marine Corps' Officer Candidate School (OCS) in September 1955, and was commissioned as a Marine Officer in April 1956./// I met my dream-girl, Shirley Betsy York, at the movies in Hillsville in the summer of 1955 while I was waiting to go to OCS. She was still a student of Hillsville High School (HHS). After my commissioning and few days back home we eloped to York S.C. on 6 October 1956 to be married. This was only a few days before I left for my first of several unaccompanied overseas tours./// Shirley returned to Hillsville to live with my family while she finished high school at HHS. I returned to the states in January 1957 to begin our lives together as a Marine family.///I served in the United States Marine Corps from 1955 to 1976, and served in the Vietnam Conflict with the First Marine Division. I was awarded the Bronze Star with Combat V device for Valor for my service in Vietnam./// We had two children, Patrick and Sheila during my early Marine Corps career. We spent the rest of my military career at several Marine Corps installations throughout the US, and I spent several tours overseas without the family./// After 21 years of faithful service, and sharing the names of Leatherneck, Devil Dog, and Jarhead with the thousands of Marines before me, I retired in 1976 at the age of 41./// I spent the next 25 years in the real estate business in Northern Virginia, in sales and in management positions. I retired from real estate while affiliated with RE/MAX in 2000./// In 2010 I became seriously interested in my family genealogy and history, and have learned that is remarkably helpful. ///My son, Patrick, who is a Cemetery Representative at Arlington National Cemetery, introduced me to FINDAGRAVE. He also finds that FINDAGRAVE is a big asset in his day to day work.

***A sad note to add to my bio: My love of 60 years, Shirley Betsy York, recovering from heart surgery at Fairfax Hospital, had two strokes within three days and died on 24 August 2015. She is inurned at the columbarium at Arlington National Cemetery./// My life will never be the same. I have learned there is no joy in life without her.***

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Sheila Quesenberry Michael
Your father
So sorry I just noticed that your wife has passed...I am sorry for your loss. If you would still like the photos of your Father in Law for your family please email me at God bless you and your family, Sheila
Added by Sheila Quesenberry Michae... on Jun 24, 2017 7:59 AM
Sheila Quesenberry Michael
Your father
Actually I think that last message may have been for your wife....sorry. Just pass it on to her. Thanks, Sheila
Added by Sheila Quesenberry Michae... on Jun 24, 2017 7:51 AM
Sheila Quesenberry Michael
Your father
Your father was a brother to my Grandmother Lizzie, I think I have some photos of him if you would be interested in having them just send me an email address. I have been researching the family for a while and sorting thru photos. Have a great day, Sheila
Added by Sheila Quesenberry Michae... on Jun 24, 2017 7:50 AM
Donald Farley
You're my cousin
I am the great great grandson of John Dixie McGrady Sr. I believe we are distant cousins. Thank you for your efforts on findagrave.
Added by Donald Farley on Feb 21, 2017 12:44 AM
Larry Muse
Robert Crabtree
Sir, I have always felt that Robert Crabtree was my executive officer when I was in the 2nd Light Support Company while at Camp Pendleton, 1960 time frame. The last time I saw him, 1961. was on Okinawa and he had been re-assigned to a ground pounding unit at Camp Swaub(sp). Do you know if your friend is the same Robert Crabtree?
Added by Larry Muse on Nov 14, 2016 4:44 AM
Ron Leonard
email address, Ron Leonard
Added by Ron Leonard on Sep 13, 2016 3:57 PM
Ron Leonard
RE: email address
Michael, I just found your message on here.
I would like to meet you sometime, call me at 276-733-8044 or email me at
or join my FB page,
Carroll County, VA (Reminise&Photo's)
Added by Ron Leonard on Sep 13, 2016 3:55 PM
Denise Drake Horton
RE: Cecil Dickens
Gotcha, will take care of it.
Added by Denise Drake Horton on Aug 13, 2016 3:46 PM
Denise Drake Horton
RE: Death of Cecil Clarence Dickens
I found her but I couldn't find a memorial for him. Does he have one and if so, what's the memorial number? Thanks, Denise<><
Added by Denise Drake Horton on Aug 13, 2016 11:42 AM
Donna Sutphin Armentrout
RE: Hiram Goad and Rebecca Ann Sutphin Goad
I Mike
I Hope you had a nice Easter and are doing well.
Children can only be linked to parents individually from the child's memorial.
I will get it taken care of :)
Added by Donna Sutphin Armentrout on Mar 28, 2016 5:57 AM
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