Garnett C. McGrady

Garnette C. McGrady, USAF (Retired), 75, of Salem, passed away on December 8, 2011. He had a very distinguished military career, serving in Strategic Air Command (SAC), tail gunner on the air craft bomber B-52, serving four tours in Vietnam. Awarded with over 20 different Medals of Honor, among them was his favorite, the Distinguished Flying Cross. The passion of flying and the love of the military are shared with his youngest granddaughter, Lacey. After retiring from the military with 36 years of service, Garnette, aka MacDaddy, started the next chapter of his life and enjoyed his passions for bowling, fishing, gardening and family time. A pro bowler for over 30 years, he was president, life timer and beloved by all. His oldest granddaughter, Crystal Paige, shared the same love of bowling. A very diverse man, MacDaddy immersed himself in education, receiving multiple masters degrees in various subjects. A great husband, dad and grandpa, Garnette was a well rounded man very rarely seen in this day and age. He is survived by daughter and son-in-law. Regina (Tinny) L. James and David James; granddaughters, Crystal Paige James and Lacey Lee James; sister, Lillian Belcher; brothers, Roby McGrady, Wesley McGrady and Henry A. McGrady Jr.; and a very special friend and family member, Janet Stone, with their puppy, Nikko. He was predeceased by wife, Barbara L. McGrady, son, Benjamin A. McGrady, mother, Stella W. McGrady, father, Henry A. McGrady Sr. and brother, Rush McGrady. Heartfelt thanks goes to Kimberly Cooper and Laura Davis. Thanks go to all the wonderful staff at Nursefinders Professional Healthcare, Trinity Mission of Rocky Mount and Pheasant Ridge of Roanoke. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to Wounded Warriors Project.


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