Patrick Norman McGinnis, 79, of Mount Pleasant, passed away early Sunday morning, September 13, 2009. The relatives and friends of Patrick McGinnis are invited to attend his Memorial Service on Wednesday, September 16, 2009 in J. HENRY STUHR, MOUNT PLEASANT CHAPEL AT 4:00 p.m. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Pat was born March 26, 1930 in Louisville, Kentucky, to Harold F. and Mary Norman McGinnis. He graduated from Porter Military Academy and The Citadel, class of 1951, with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. A Captain in the Army and a veteran of the Korean War, he received a Korean Service medal w/ two Bronze Service Stars and a United Nations Service Medal. In the mid-1950s, following in his father’s footsteps, Pat worked for the American Tobacco Co. in Reidsville, NC. In 1960, Pat built and opened In & Out Car Wash, which would become his lifelong business. In and Out Car Wash was Charleston’s first full-service automatic car wash and one of the first of its kind in the country and at one time expanded to four locations throughout the city. The original is still in operation in its 50th year, managed by daughter Sandy. Pat’s hard work and innovation put In & Out Car Wash in the top 15 percent highest-volume car washes in the country for several decades. Pat was a pioneer businessman, an expert in production management and a loyal employer in the Charleston area. He often expressed how blessed he was to have many dedicated, long-term employees, including Perry Capers, who’s managed No. 1 Car Wash for 49 years, and Nina McIntire, his office manager for over 30 years. Pat was a well respected Charlestonian, serving former Governor John Edwards, Commission on Higher Education. Pat was a kind, generous and gentle man. He passed on his entrepreneurial spirit to his children and grandchildren through example, patience and mentorship. Throughout his life, Pat enjoyed fishing, was an avid gardener: growing and sharing his vegetables and flowers from his garden. He loved the Citadel Bulldogs and his two dachshunds, Sweetie and Baby. Pat is survived by his loving wife, Linda Campbell McGinnis, and step-daughter, Kendra L. Song of Myrtle Beach, SC. He is also survived by his first wife, Ann Graham McGinnis of Johns Island, SC, and four of their five children, daughters Sandra M. Ellett of Mt. Pleasant, SC, Cathy “Doll” Garvin of Charleston, SC, and Mary Jayne Nicholas of Mt. Pleasant, SC and son, Timothy McGinnis of NC. He was preceded in death by his son, Patrick Shawn McGinnis. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren and four great grandchildren, as well as a sister, Marietta Horres. Pat will be deeply missed. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675-8517 ( A memorial message may be written to the family by visiting our website at Visit our guestbook at Tags: 1951

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