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Fred Wayne McGill

August 29, 1949 ~ April 1, 2022 (age 72)

Obituary

The service for Mr. McGill will be live streamed on the Facebook Page of Fisher Memorial Funeral Parlor.

Fred Wayne McGill, son of the late Bessie Mae McGill and Fred McGill, was born August 29, 1949, in Durham, North Carolina.  He departed this life on Friday, April 1st, 2022, at Duke Regional Hospital, Durham, North Carolina.

Fred was a dedicated father, grandfather, Deacon, and friend.  He had an unbreakable bond with his brothers Joe (deceased), Larry and Ronnie whom he loved spending time with while going on fishing trips, ball games and just hanging out.  His relationship with his son Chris was very special, we can definitely say they were best friends through and through. As you look at Chris you are looking at Fred, they look just like twins.  As he ventured through his bucket list fishing and being surprised with a trip to see the Dallas Cowboys with his son and grandsons was a special highlight for Fred.  Fred had a great affinity for his family in Durham as well as Ohio and often traveled a couple times a year to visit them.  He loved telling jokes and stories and not to mention he was a very competitive person when it came to playing games with friends and family. If you knew Fred, you knew he was a true UNC Tar heel fan, and you could always find him repping them loudly anytime and in his attire. As a member of the McGill crew starting with his mom, you were not allowed to rep any other team.  As it was said, “It’s a McGill thing you just wouldn’t understand.” 

Fred loved his landscaping business, “Anointed Touch.”  Through this business and the work, he did for the City of Durham, he was able to beautify the church grounds and develop friendships that lasted for many years. No matter where Fred went, he never met a stranger that didn’t turn into a friend.

Fred also had a very close relationship with his in laws. First, his mother in love, Mrs. Deloris Nesmith always welcomed him as her son.   You would often hear them call him their gentle giant.  Sharyn personally made him a special cake and deemed it the “Fred Cake” so unless you were named Fred it could not be requested.  Lola was even his own personal nurse and anytime something medically happened he had to call her and no one else.  He always loved talking with his brother in laws about cars and the Lord.

As a Deacon, he loved serving his Pilgrim Baptist Church family in any compacity and especially visiting the sick and shut in.  If you needed food, a ride, or just plain conversation, it didn’t matter he was right there. To be in his presence was just pure joy and laughter.

Fred was a dedicated husband to his wife Vanessa McGill and Vanessa loved her some Fred. In her words he is the most handsome man in Pilgrim Baptist Church and in fact in the world.  They loved taking trips together and going to see every new movie that came out on Friday nights.  The most special moments in their relationship were worshipping and praising the Lord together.

Fred was preceded in death by his mother Bessie Mae McGill, father Fred McGill, brothers Joe McGill, Cyrus McGill, and sister Sylvia McGill.  He leaves to cherish, one Aunt Christine Parker, three brothers, Larry McGill (Beverly), Ronnie McGill, Michael McGill, four sisters, Iris Rayford, Cheryl McGill, Gloria Woodard, Gloria Tucker, two sons, Chris McGill (Henrietta), (Mother Pearl McGill), Tarik Nelson and three grandsons, Christopher Lamond McGill, Amire Shealey, Treyvion Goodwin and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other family members and many special friends.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Fred, please visit our floral store.


Services

Viewing
Friday
April 8, 2022

1:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Fisher Memorial Funeral Parlor
3137 Fayetteville Street
Durham, NC 27707

Visitation
Saturday
April 9, 2022

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Pilgrim Baptist Church
2420 S. Roxboro Street
Durham, NC 27707

Funeral Service
Saturday
April 9, 2022

12:00 PM
Pilgrim Baptist Church
2420 S. Roxboro Street
Durham, NC 27707

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