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Tyler man continues to write book after being given days to live | Local news

A 94-year-old Tyler man continues to work on his book even after being given days to live.

Bob McArthur was released from UT Health with congestive heart failure Tuesday to hospice care, where his medical team told him he has anywhere from a day to a week to live.

Daughter Trina Maxwell, a medical massage therapist, said her father will live out the rest of his days at home and in peace.

“The doctors just placed him in Hospice of East Texas for home hospice where he will enjoy a restful and peaceful quality of life as he prepares to transition to heaven,” she said.

McArthur, born Oct. 11, 1928, served four years in the U.S. Air Force before moving to Tyler, where he met Mary Wallace. The two were married for 65 years before she died last year.

McArthur began writing as a young boy.







Bob McArthur stops for a photo while browsing garage sales with daughter Trina Maxwell. The 94-year-old was recently released into hospice care, but continues to organize his “stories” for publication.




Maxwell said her father loves the Lord and wrote religiously about biblical teachings.

“He loves the Lord and wanted to write stories about people in the Bible who didn’t get much attention,” she said. “Telling about the lives of these people as they lived in biblical days helped him understand hardships and how to cope.”

McArthur began sharing his thoughts on Facebook. Maxwell felt that her father should save the “journals” and put them in a book.

“He has written many spiral notebooks filled with stories from the Bible for many years. I thought it would be nice to see it bound and published to help others understand as it helped him,” she said.

Maxwell said her father is an “artist” and never meant for his writings to become public or printed. However, she recently convinced him to put his words in print.

“He only recently decided to organize his ‘stories’ into a book and allow me to move forward with getting them published,” she said.

Maxwell said she hopes her father’s writing will live on for years to come.

“My father means a lot to me; he is a good man,” she said. “He has always been smart and outgoing throughout his life. Always helping others and faithful to God.”

“Our hope is that through his writing, if it is published, it helps bring some peace and understanding to others,” she said. “He wants to feel that these stories helped others.”

“He’s a lovely, God-fearing and kind-hearted man and I hope people remember him that way,” Maxwell said.

McArthur and Maxwell are currently looking for a publisher, and McArthur said he will wait to title the book once it has been accepted for publication.

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