Rob McCoy
November 15, 2018
John “Jeff” McLallen ’69
November 15, 2018

Ray L. McGinnis ’58 (History), 88, of Heritage Village, Gerry, N.Y., went to his eternal reward October 13, 2018, in Heritage Village Health Care Center, bringing to a close a lifetime of service to God and his fellow man. He was born December 27, 1929, in Barboursville, W.Va., the only child of Luther B. and Mamie M. Butcher McGinnis. He was preceded in death by his parents and is survived by Marjorie, his wife of 60 years; a daughter, Dixie (Garth) Bolinder, Rogers, Ark.; and four sons, Melvin, Frewsburg, N.Y., Merlin (Angela), Spencerport, N.Y., Mark (Karla), Altamont, Ill., and Max (Kristin), Brighton, N.Y.; as well as 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. For the first 20 years of his life, he was nurtured in the Christian faith in the Steele Memorial Methodist Church in Barboursville. He graduated from Barboursville High School in 1947, where he competed in basketball and track. As a senior, he placed 2nd at the West Virginia State meet in the one-mile run (4:32). Following graduation, he turned down track scholarship offers from Duke and West Virginia University to work for the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Company’s locomotive repair shop in Huntington, W.Va. In 1964, Ray was commissioned as a 1st Lieutenant in the Civil Air Patrol as a chaplain. In 1987, he was inducted into the Barboursville High School Hall of Fame. Rev. Ray McGinnis spent 48 years in pastoral ministry. He started in rural Pennsylvania, in Monaca, Pa. (1951-1953), before attending and graduating from Roberts Wesleyan College (1958). After college he pastored in West Hamlin, W.Va., (1958-1959) and then to Gerry, N.Y. (1959-1963). After Gerry, he pastored in Dyersville, Ohio (1963-1968). It was during this time he graduated from Asbury Theological Seminary (1967) and was commissioned as a 1st Lieutenant in the Civil Air Patrol as a chaplain. He returned to western New York in 1968, pastoring Free Methodist churches in Brockport, N.Y. (1968-1978), North Chili, N.Y. (1978-1984) and Gerry, N.Y. (1984-1994). After retiring from the pastorate, he became the first full-time chaplain of Heritage Ministries in Gerry, N.Y., serving from 1994 to 2000. He then filled in for area churches for three years. Arrangements by Jordan Funeral Home, 6 Parkway Drive, Sinclairville, N.Y. Memorials can be given in lieu of flowers to Heritage Ministries, Starflight or Northeastern Seminary.