DeWayne McGrew

DeWayne McGrew

Monday, November 24th, 1969 - Sunday, May 26th, 2019
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Legacy of a Champion

DeWayne McGrew, born November 24, 1969, fell into an eternal slumber in the early hours of Sunday, May 26, 2019 in Houston, Texas after a lengthy illness. Dewayne, affectionately known as “Wayne” or “Grew”, was born in Jackson, Alabama, and was the eldest of three sons born to Robert and Helen McGrew. He was a resident of Mobile, Alabama, where he grew up in the Crichton area and attended Shaw High School. During his senior year, he moved to Coffeeville, Alabama with his grandparents and graduated from Coffeeville High School in 1989. After completing high school, Wayne returned to Mobile where he attended Bishop State Community College, taking up auto mechanics, specializing in auto body art.

Wayne was an outgoing person with a thrill and a passion for life; he could often be found doing restorative work on cars, jet skiing, and throwing parties. He was a huge football fan, attending many of the New Orleans Saints football games. He hosted an annual Iron Bowl party in November where he could often be found rooting for the Auburn Tigers. While he had many passions and interests, he was most known for his love of motorcycles. He was a fan of the Harley Davidson bikes and was a faithful member of the 251 Thrill Seekers.

Despite his diagnosis, Wayne continued to live; even on his bad days, he still found a reason to smile. He was known to have a generous and giving heart, willing to give the next man a helping hand in any way he could. Wayne lived a long and full life with a rich and beautiful legacy. Though his time with us was cut tragically short, those he left behind have memories of him that will last them a lifetime.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents Dan and Lucy Mae Turner; Authur and Caldona McGrew, his aunt, Jessie Turner, Uncle Arthur McGrew, and a cousin, Marcus Norwood.

Wayne is survived by his loving and devoted wife, who fought tirelessly with him until the end, Darrius Walker-McGrew, 1 son, Timaeus Walker; 2 daughters, LaKenji Houson, and his precious little princess, Little Miss Bailey Elizabeth McGrew, all of Mobile, AL. He also leaves behind his parents, Helen and Robert McGrew; two brothers, Don (Karen) and Doug (Hermanski) McGrew; he is also survived his mother-and father-in-law, Patsy (Larry) Steward of Wilmer, AL and Darren (Stephanie) Walker of Killeen, TX; Sisters-in-law, Leah (William) Brown of Mobile, AL and Kayla (Andrew) White of Atlanta, GA; Brother-in-Law, John Michael Walker of Killen, TX; 5 nephews: Karson D. Brown, Dougasian, D’Eros, and Da’Jirreyon McGrew and Don Nickerson; two nieces, Kristen Sims and Kneah McGrew. A godmother, Beulah Mae Armstrong of Mobile; a host of Aunts and Uncles, Lily Daily, C.P. Norwood, Patricia Norwood, Olamae Norwood, all of Mobile, Edward Norwood, of New Jersey, Issac McGrew, Beverly Sellers, of Mobile; Lora Ann Johnson of Detroit, MI, and Winston Turner of Washington State. Wayne was loved by many people and will forever be missed. While everyone cannot be listed, the family would like to thank the following people, Jermal Turner, Antonio Burns, Francis Robinson, Ashby Pauley, Craig Coleman, James Brown Jr., Renwick Burroughs, Will Johnson, James King, Zandra Williams, Charles Garrett, Joseph Rodgers, Chad Cade, Julius Eldridge, and Leonard Kelly. Wayne also leaves behind a host of other relatives and other friends.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Saturday, June 8th, 2019 | 10:30am
    Saturday, June 8th, 2019 10:30am
    Mobile Baptist Sunlight District Association
    809 seminary Street
    Prichard, AL 36610
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  • Interment

    Saturday, June 8th, 2019 |
    Saturday, June 8th, 2019
    Coffeeville Church of Christ Cemetery
    Address Not Available
    Coffeeville, Alabama
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Rhonda Hawkins

Posted at 08:55pm
My condolences to the family I'm gone really miss McGrew I first meet him in Panama and he was awesome guy. He had a jock for you and kept a smile on his no matter what. RIP

Sharetta Smith

Posted at 03:50pm
I'm going to miss u god brother but u in a better place now... I will always hold on to the pics n my phone.. I'm going to miss calling u on iron bowl sat... R.I.P Brother... Love your god sister/sister

Ann King

Posted at 10:09am
To the family of Wayne McGrew my deepest sympathy. I have known Wayne while living in Crichton probably since he was around ten. We also attended the same congregation on Andrew St. Church of Christ. His mother Helen worked at Stanton Rd Elementary where she was instrumental in bringing my son(Leavie) home in the evening and my son winded us with brothers that he did not have Wayne, Don and Doug. Love this family , with Love to his wife, children, parents, siblings And other dear relatives and friends, Praying for you, Ann King

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