Max McGaugh

(1944 – 2019)

Max was born June 6, 1944 in Bentonville, Arkansas. A proud fourth generation NW Arkansan and Bentonville native, he graduated from Bentonville High School in 1962 where he played trumpet in the high school band. That same year, he eloped with his high school sweetheart, and love of his life, Charlene. Together they shared the next fifty-seven years of their life together working as partners running McGaugh Auto Parts, raising their two children Tami and Jamey. Max was very active in the Bentonville community where he served as president of the Jaycees, the Chamber of Commerce, the Bentonville School Board and Kiwanis Club, and served on various boards including the Bank of Bentonville (now Arvest) and the Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Benton County. He served on the first committee that worked on a plan for a regional airport and as a deacon at First Baptist Church. He received the R.E. Buck Award for Excellence in Business Leadership from the Bentonville/Bella Vista Chamber of Commerce in 1997, and in 2018 The Greater Bentonville Chamber of Commerce established the Max McGaugh Award which annually awards a local small business that consistently provides the Greater Bentonville Area with outstanding professional or skill trade services that improves the area’s quality of life. Max was devoted to Single Parent Scholarship until the very end. He passed on an application to one of his health care workers to hopefully better her future even as his time on earth was drawing to a close.


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