Joe Patrick McGilvray

joe  mcgilvray

October 31, 1950 ~ April 23, 2024

Born in: Texarkana, Arkansas
Resided in: Linden, Texas

Funeral services for Mr. Joe Patrick McGilvray, age 73, of Linden, will be 2:00 p.m. Sunday, April 28, 2024, at Linden Methodist Church, with Pastor Kara Mitchell officiating.  Burial will follow at Linden Cemetery, under the direction of Reeder-Davis Funeral Home in Linden.  Mr. McGilvray will lie in state from 12:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Saturday, April 27, 2024, at the funeral home.

Mr. McGilvary passed away on April 23, 2024 after a brief illness.

Joe Pat was born on October 31, 1950 to Victor O and Mary Gene Brabham McGilvray in Texarkana, AR. Joe Pat grew up in a loving home with his parents and his sister, Vickie Sue, in Linden, Texas, the town he called home for most of his life. His early life was immersed in the traditions of scouting, fostering a love of nature, fishing, and hunting. His diligence and hard work in this program led to his accomplishment of attaining the highest ranking in scouting, the Eagle Scout.

Upon graduation from Linden-Kildare High School, he attended Texarkana Junior College. Soon after, he served his country in the National Guard. He later made a living through work as an electrician.

Joe Pat, affectionately called Uncle Joe Joe, was always present for delicious family dinners, get-togethers with cousins, and fellowship with his close friends. He was a dedicated member of the Linden Methodist Church and enjoyed the weekly camaraderie of the Fisherman’s Sunday School class. He also looked forward to ‘men’s Sunday’ where he sang in the choir. 

Although Joe Pat never married, he did enjoy the companionship of his friends and his chocolate lab, Rod. He enjoyed visiting the old home place in Bryan’s Mill. He also loved uncovering the ancient mysteries of the universe through the History channel.

Joe Pat was predeceased by his parents, Victor and Mary Gene McGilvray, and his brother-in-law, Bill Mulvany. He is survived by his sister, Vickie Sue Mulvany of Texarkana, AR, his niece and nephew-in-law, Christy and Dan Greathouse of Portales, NM, his great nephew and great niece-in-law, Christopher Blake and Erin Thompson of Gilmer, TX, his great nephew Greg Wooldridge of Portales, NM, his great niece Maggie Wooldridge of Portales, NM, and his great great niece, Blakely Jo Thompson. Joe Pat is also survived by a special group of first cousins he cherished who went on many a childhood adventure with him.



Funeral Ceremony: April 28, 2024 2:00 pm

Linden Methodist Church
400 East Rush St
Linden, Texas 75563

In State:

Reeder-Davis Funeral Home - Linden
202 N. Main
Linden, Texas 75563


Linden Cemetery
1103 N Main St.
Linden, Texas 75563

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  1. Candle 2Joe Pat , I will miss you , we were together from boy Scouts to The USA Service , we had some great times together ! RIP my friend see you again !

  2. Vicki,
    My condolences to you and the family. Remember all the memories that you and Joe Pat made. May God’s arms wrap around you during this time.

  3. Candle 2Vicki,
    So very sorry for the loss of Joe Pat. I understand how much it hurts to lose a brother. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. Candle 5Vicki,
    We are sorry to hear about your little brother, Joe Pat. I also did not know that Bill had passed away. Just know that we’re thinking about you and our hearts go out in much love for you. Take care and we hope to see you soon.

  5. Candle 5Love and prayers. Laura McGilvray Ware Shurtleff (granddaughter of Joe Neal and Nona McGilvray).

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