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Charles Thomas McIntyre

January 20, 1929 ~ June 4, 2023 (age 94) 94 Years Old
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    Charles Thomas McIntyre, “Mac” passed away to be with the Lord Sunday, June 4, 2023, at the
age of 94. Mac was born in Jackson, Mississippi, January 20, 1929, to Cora Beatrice Mitchell
McIntyre and William Burris McIntyre, the middle of three children.

    Mac attended George Elementary and Enochs Junior High School in Jackson where he was
raised. As a boy he would play in Battlefield Park finding Civil War bullets and artifacts in the
dirt which he traded for money to buy ice cream. A talented athlete at Jackson Central High
School, Mac competed for the state championship in tennis. He played all sports and was an
avid golfer all his life. He could still “shoot his age,” until age 83 at Canton Country Club. After
high school, Mac joined the United States Marine Corps. Mac’s athleticism proved helpful as he
was a paratrooper jumping out of planes and rappelling out of helicopters during his military
career. He attended Airborne Paratrooper School in Fort Benning, GA. Mac was deployed to
Korea, but the ship carrying the soldiers overseas was too full. One soldier was taken off to
meet the required number. Mac was saved to fight another day.

    Mac married the love of his life, Katie Lee Coker, “Pat” October 30, 1952, at the Parsonage in
Brandon, Mississippi. Mac and Pat had met on a blind date riding his motorcycle around
Jackson. Pat was born May 5, 1932, in Luckney, (Rankin County) Mississippi to Minnie Lee
McNeal and Frederick Coker. Mac and Pat had many adventures traveling and raising three
sons. They were devoted to each other, and Mac took care of Pat in her final years until she
passed away May 19, 2009.

     Mac and Pat’s first son, Charles Hardy McIntyre, “Chuck,” was born December 1, 1953, in
Jackson, MS. Chuck was named after Mac’s lifetime friend and Marine Corps companion,
George Hardy Clark. Mac and George shared many adventures in the Marines, once leaving a
broken-down car behind while they walked to their next mission. Mac, Pat and Chuck’s
adventures took them to a Marine base in Hawaii in the 1950s. Pat drove with Chuck by herself
from Mississippi to California to meet her husband before they flew to Hawaii. Pat’s service to
her country was often noted and appreciated by Mac.

    A second son, John Thomas McIntyre, was born September 15, 1959, in Albany, Georgia, when
Mac was stationed at the Marine base. A third son, Gerald Lloyd McIntyre, was born November
28, 1961, in Jackson, MS. Mac was deployed to Okinawa shortly after Gerald’s birth.

    Mac moved his family to Yokohama, Japan in 1967. Fierce fighting in the Da Nang Peninsula,
Viet Nam, began in November 1965, resulting in an escalation in the war. Mac said he would fly
from Japan to Viet Nam for a month, then return to the Yokosuka base in Japan for a month.
Although Mac served in a supply and tactical capacity, they were often fired upon. Mac said
that one night, the gunfire was so intense that he picked up his rifle and fired back. Mac
stoically would relate that he just did what he was ordered to do. Mac did not even display his
medals until he was encouraged to frame them much later. Mac served honorably and
received numerous commendation medals for his service including awards for Good Conduct,
Armed Defense, and Armed Combat in Viet Nam.

    Mac and Pat both enjoyed their time in Japan. Their boys attended the Richard E. Byrd school
and received a good education. They went to baseball games and Mount Fuji. Pat often said
that the Japanese women were especially happy for the changes after World War II. The
women no longer had to walk behind the Japanese men after the Americans came.

    By the grace of God, Mac survived his deployments and he and his family returned from Japan
in 1970 to his beloved Mississippi. Mac said one of his hardest jobs as a Marine was notifying
the wives that their husbands had been killed in action. His characteristic stoicism was shaken
when he described how that experience tore at his heart. After retiring from the Marines, Mac
attended Hinds Junior College and went to work in the food supply business. Mac was a
salesman for BIC, and Kellogg Corporation for many years. Mac was an excellent salesman and
won many awards. He and Pat enjoyed trips to Hawaii and resorts around the US, in
recognition of his talents in sales. He retired yet again in 1998.

    A devoted father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, Mac was a leader to his family and the
hundreds of people who knew and worked with him. He will be remembered for his easy laugh
and good-natured perspective. He rarely complained. He was a gentleman and a soldier. He
was a devoted husband and father. He celebrated the victories of his family and was there to
console them in their sorrows with his ardent faith in Christ. Mac was outgoing and
adventurous and inspired his sons to be the same. Mac and Pat made friends wherever they
went. Their home was always filled with visitors from the many places they lived. They
encouraged their sons to build relationships to last a lifetime, just like they did. Most
importantly, Mac and Pat loved the Lord, and taught their family to love and worship God.

    Mac and Pat faithfully attended and enjoyed membership at First Baptist Church Canton, MS.
They would welcome their grandchildren to Vacation Bible School in the summers. They were
active members, following and serving Jesus in the communities where they lived. Mac often
would ask what he could do for us. He said he prayed three times a day for all of us. Mac
prayed on his knees beside his bed every night, reciting out loud the names of his family

    Mac is preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Pat McIntyre, his parents, Cora and William
McIntyre and his sister Billie Sue McIntyre Wright DeVries. He is survived by his sister, Cora
Patricia McIntyre Broadaway, nephews, David and Keith Broadaway, Ronnie Wright and nieces
Lisa Broadaway Clark, Lori Ann Bolton, Michelle Wright Malouin.

    Mac’s three sons left to continue his legacy are Chuck McIntyre and wife Debra, John McIntyre
and wife, Catherine, Gerald McIntyre, and wife Joni. Mac’s grandchildren are Christopher Lloyd
McIntyre, Chad Thomas McIntyre and wife Kristi, Brandon Lee McIntyre and wife Skyla; Mary
Findley McIntyre, Laurel Bray McIntyre and Susanna Lee McIntyre; Kayla Nicole McIntyre Hines
and husband Kirkland Hines; Joshua Ryan McIntyre, and Justin Garrett McIntyre.

    Mac and Pat’s great grandchildren are Heather McIntyre Johnson, Hunter McIntyre, Payden
Ross McIntyre, Katie Lee McIntyre, Kayleigh McIntyre, Sarah McIntyre, Hayston and Hazel Kate

McIntyre, Eleanor Grace Scribner and Elizabeth Coker Hines who will be born October 2023.
Mac’s great, great grandchildren are Maddie and Mary Ellison Johnson.

    Mac lived in Stewart near his son, Chuck and wife, Debra, when his sight began to fail, and he
had to give up his home in Ratliff’s Ferry. Chuck and Debra took good care of Mac for many

years and the family is grateful for their kindness. Because of their love and tender devotion to
his needs, Mac lived, mostly independent, to age 94.

Charles Thomas “Mac” McIntyre was a patriot and a pillar of our civilization. Because of his
devotion to duty, we all thrive. Mac will be buried at the Canton City Cemetery in Canton, Mississippi, after a service at First Baptist Church, Canton, on Friday, June 9 at 11:00 a.m. The family welcomes friends and visitors to the services and a visitation at Breeland Funeral Home on Thursday, June 8, 2023, 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.


Psalm 104:33
“I will sing unto the Lord as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.”

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June 8, 2023

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Breeland Funeral Home and Crematory Service
3304 S. Liberty St
Canton, MS 39046

Funeral Service
June 9, 2023

11:00 AM
First Baptist Church Canton

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