C.T. “Pete” McGuire
March 15, 2020
C.T. “Pete” McGuire, pastor and evangelist, died Sunday, March 15, 2020, at the age of 91. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Betty Fortune McGuire, and his children and their spouses, John and Susan McGuire, James and Jennell McGuire, Jerry and Lisa McGuire, Mary and Kevin New, Martha and David Boswell. He is also survived by his 11 grandchildren, Aaron and Anne Marie, Audrey and Meggie, Joshua, Amy, Paul and Luke, Jennifer, Lara and Jessie, and 16 great grandchildren.
Born in Huntsville, Texas, on February 3, 1929, C.T. “Pete” McGuire was a graduate of East Texas Baptist University where he met and married his college sweetheart, Betty June. Called to preach as a high school student, his ministry spanned 70 years and several countries around the world. He pastored churches in Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana, and preached revivals all across the United States and a number of other nations. Pete McGuire led 31 tours to Israel and other Bible lands. He served both as a Bible teacher and tour guide, leading over 1400 pilgrims to walk where Jesus walked. A special recognition was given to him in 1995 from the government of Israel for building bridges of friendship between their nation and America. He later received an Honorary Doctor’s degree for his knowledge of Bible lands and people. During retirement he served as interim pastor for many churches in East Texas. However, he considered his greatest accomplishment the building of a Christian home, with his wonderful wife Betty and their five precious children.
Pete will be remembered for his Irishman’s love of laughter and love of sharing funny stories from the pulpit and around the dinner table with family and friends. But mostly he will be remembered for his love of God’s word, God’s people, and his lifelong joy of sharing with others the gospel of Jesus Christ.
A funeral service is scheduled for 11:00 on Thursday, March 19 at First Baptist Church Garrison, Texas. Visitation will begin at 10:00. Pastors John McGuire/ Mike Barnett will officiate. If you are unable to attend, the service can be viewed at First Baptist Garrison’s Facebook Page. The graveside service will be at Hawkins Cemetery in Hawkins, Texas. Cards and letters can be sent to Betty McGuire at Garrison Nursing Home, 333 FM 95, Garrison, Texas, 75946