He was born May 17, 1928, in Gallia County, son of the late Willie and Najesta Blankenship McGuire. John was married to Nora Barry McGuire on October 5, 1960, and she survives him. He was a farmer and worked for the Gallia County Highway Department. He attended Mina Chapel Church and White Oak Baptist Church. John was an Army veteran of the Korean conflict.
Surviving are his wife, Nora McGuire of Gallipolis; a son, Rex McGuire of Gallipolis; and two granddaughters, Breanna McGuire of Huntington, W.Va., and Alana McGuire of Gallipolis.
John was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, James McGuire; and two sisters, Edith Day and Margaret McGuire in infancy.
Services will be 2 p.m., Sunday, March 27, 2011, at the Willis Funeral Home with Rev. Ralph Workman officiating. Burial will follow in St. Nick Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday from 12:30-2 p.m. prior to the service.
There will be a military flag presentation at the graveside.
Pallbearers will be Paul Facemire, Steve Day, Charles Day, Justin Langhans, Rick Jones and Nick Jones. Honorary pallbearers will be Joe Thompson, Emerson Unroe, Rex Unroe, Charlie Queen and Don Wells.
Please visit www.willisfuneralhome.com to send e-mail condolences.