Services for George Nathaniel Magrath Sr., 83, will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow in Kingston Presbyterian Church with burial in Lakeside Cemetery, directed by Goldfinch Funeral Home, Conway chapel. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Mr. Magrath died yesterday in Medstar, Kingston Nursing Center following an illness. Born in Conway, he was a son of the late Lawrence Dunton and Dorothy Officer Magrath. He graduated from Conway High School in 1939 and received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from The Citadel in 1943. Mr. Magrath was a U.S. Army veteran, serving three years during World War II. He was a lifetime member of Kingston Presbyterian Church where he served as a deacon, elder, trustee and elder-emeritus. Mr. Magrath was the owner of Magrath Insurance Agency, Inc. for many years. He was a member of the Executive Committee of the S.C. Association of Insurance Agents for nine years, including two years as its president. He was president and chairman of the board of directors of Peoples Federal Savings and Loan Association, serving the association for 47 years. He was a director of the S.C. League of Savings Associations, chairman of the Fripp Island Development Corporation, member of the Insurance and Protective Committee of the U.S. Savings and Loan League. In August of 1978, he represented the U.S. Savings and Loan League by testifying before the Judiciary Committee of the U.S. Senate. Mr. Magrath was a member of the Horry County Higher Education Commission for 14 years, including one year as chairman. He was a member of the Coastal Carolina Education Foundation. In 1989, Coastal Carolina College honored him by presenting him with its Founder’s Medallion. Mr. Magrath was a director of the S.C. Chamber of Commerce and served as president of the Conway Chamber of Commerce. He was a director of the Conway Hospital for 13 years, serving one term as its chairman. Mr. Magrath was a member of the Horry County Building Commission, a member of the Board of Trustees of Conway Elementary School and Conway High School, and was a former president of the Conway Golf Club. In 1992, he received the Conway Chamber of Commerce McCown Community Service Award. On Feb. 8, 1993, the mayor and members of Conway City Council presented him with a plaque expressing appreciation for his many years of dedicated services and his efforts to enhance the natural beauty of the city. In 1998, he received the LaVerne H. Creel Lifetime Achievement Award. The Conway High School Education Foundation presented the Outstanding Alumnus Award to him in January of 2003. Surviving are his wife of 58 years, Mary Jane Magrath of Conway; a son, George N. Magrath Jr. and his wife Cindy of Conway; three daughters, Jane Magrath of Norman, Okla., Harriet M. Allen and her husband Tommy of Charleston, and Mary Anna Fulmer of Rock Hill; seven grandchildren, George Magrath, Ashley Magrath, Richard Magrath, Anna Fulmer, Rebecca Fulmer, Sean Allen, and Elizabeth Allen. Memorials may be sent to the Endowment Fund of Kingston Presbyterian Church, 800 Third Ave., Conway, S.C. 29526; or the Horry County Shelter Home, 1872 S.C. 90, Conway, S.C. 29526. An online guest book is available at www.goldfinchfuneralhome.com.
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