Joey McNair, born Nov. 3, 1972 in Denver, Colo., died Oct. 30 at his home in Athens, Texas.
McNair graduated from Athens High School in 1991 and then attended Southern Methodist University, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and Latin American studies, and graduating with honors. He was an active member of Habitat for Humanity, serving as Dallas chapter president from 1993 to 1995, a job that gave him the opportunity to meet with President Jimmy Carter several times. He was the PageNet Habitat Community chair and the city of Dallas People Helping People community service captain from 1997 to 1998.
McNair worked for the U.S. Department of Justice in the Immigration and Naturalization Service, and also worked as a successful real estate agent in Washington, D.C., receiving the Rookie of the Year Award and becoming a junior member of the Washington, D.C. Board of Realtors. He loved being an outdoorsman and gardening, and was very devoted to his loving family and friends.
McNair was preceded in death by his grandparents and his father. He is survived by his mother, Donna Yancy of Athens; his brother, Scott McNair of Athens; his aunt, Martha Kidd of Athens; his uncle, David McNair and wife Patty of Southlake; his cousin, John McNair of Southlake; his niece, Katie McNair of Harlingen; his great-aunt, Nadra May of Athens; and many cousins and friends.
Memorial services were held Tuesday, Nov. 4 at Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Cody Craig officiating.
This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition November 7, 2008.