June 3, 1946 - October 5, 2020
Harry “Butch” Lawson McIngvale Jr. passed away peacefully on October 5th, 2020 in Dallas, Texas. Harry was born in Starkville, Mississippi on June 3rd, 1946 to Mildred and Harry Lawson McIngvale Sr. Harry married Geraldine “Jerrie” McIngvale in 1978. The two lived happily together in Starkville for 41 years. Harry’s beloved wife, Jerrie, preceded him in death in 2019.
Harry is survived by his sister, Beth McIngvale Paul; his brother, Pat McIngvale; his daughter, Karen Lewis; and his four grandchildren: Justin Lewis, Brock Lewis, Joel Lewis, and Trevor Edmondson. Harry also leaves behind nieces, nephews, great-grandchildren and cousins. Harry was preceded in death by his wife, Jerrie McIngvale; his sons, Barry and Kevin Edmondson; his nieces Elise Paul Crow and Cheryl Paul; his brother-in-law, Bill Paul; and his parents, Harry McIngvale Sr. and Mildred Hamilin McIngvale.
Harry was a life-long resident of Starkville until late 2019 when he moved to Texas to be with his sister, Beth. In Starkville, Harry ran McIngvale Electric Company alongside his father, taking over the family business in 1981. McIngvale Electric company provided many of the electrical services for construction and operation of facilities at Starkville schools, Mississippi State University, and Starkville plants and industries. Harry was a consultant focusing on internet connectivity and operation during his final work years.
While his vocation as an electrician kept him busy, Harry also enjoyed many volunteer opportunities. Harry served with the Mississippi Civil Air Patrol where he had the opportunity to fly members of the Thunderbirds, the Air Force precision team, to observe the route they would fly in a demonstration over Columbus. Harry was a volunteer firefighter, as well as the county’s first volunteer EMT alongside his wife, Jerrie.
Harry was an active member of the Starkville community. He served as a city alderman and a trustee of the First United Methodist Church. Harry was also a member of MENSA, an organization of individuals who rank in the top 2% on an intelligence test administered nationally.
A memorial service will be planned at a later date. Memorials to honor Harry may be made to the First United Methodist Church, Starkville, MS 39759.