John Hilton McGhee

Obituary of John Hilton McGhee

Mr. John Hilton McGhee, 88, of Newton, Alabama, died peacefully at his home on Tuesday, June 9, 2020, after a lengthy illness. Visitation will be 1:00 p.m. Friday, June 12, 2020, at Radney-Smith Funeral Home in Sylacauga, Alabama. Burial following with full Military Honors at 2:00 p.m. in Green Hill Memorial Gardens in Childersburg, Alabama, Radney-Smith Funeral Home in Sylacauga, Alabama directing (256-245-1616). Holman Funeral Home and Cremations of Ozark has been entrusted with local arrangements. Mr. McGhee was born in Childersburg, Alabama on August 26, 1931. He joined the Air Force in 1951 and served his country for 20 years. He served in the Korean War and served in different countries such as Turkey, Greenland, The Dominican Republic, and our own country. Upon retirement from the Air Force, he spent many years in the transportation business and as a Game Warden at Fort Rucker, Alabama. After his retirement, his most enjoyable times were spent with his grandchildren who called him Papa. He loved gardening (loved to give away his produce), fishing, collectibles, and tinkering in his outdoor shed. He was preceded in death by his father, Isaac Alston McGhee and mother, Mary Onita Giddens McGhee, his brother, William (Bill) McGhee, his sisters, Elaine McGhee Wolfe, Hilda McGhee O’Bryant, Ruth McGhee Chappell, and Virginia Ann McGhee Sumners. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Georgia Faye Rich McGhee and his brother James (Jimmy) Joseph McGhee of Birmingham, AL, four children, Kathy McGhee Lord of Dothan, Alabama, Kenneth John McGhee (and wife Wendy) of Enterprise, Alabama, Karen McGhee Bigley (and husband Bob) of Eufaula, Alabama, and Kristi McGhee Friesen (and husband Greg) of Midland City, Alabama. He also leaves behind nine grandchildren, Kendall Ward, Shelby Ward, Sydni Lord, Lindsey Lord, Tyler Friesen, Hayden Friesen, Alex Friesen, and Madison McGhee, as well as three great-grandchildren, Laney Myers, Delilah Doheny, and Cass Dunlap. He also leaves behind many beloved nieces, nephews and friends. The family is proud of Mr. McGhee’s generosity and proclaim that he would have given the shirt off of his back, literally, to help people in need. In 2017, Mr. McGhee accepted Jesus into his heart and we are comforted knowing he is now in Heaven with our heavenly Father and those he knew and dearly loved. The family will accept flowers, but donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation in hopes that a cure can be found for this dreadful disease.
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Friday
12
June

Visitation

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Friday, June 12, 2020
Radney-Smith Funeral Home
320 North Elm Avenue
Sylacauga, Alabama, United States
256-245-1616
Visitation
Friday
12
June

Interment

2:00 pm
Friday, June 12, 2020
Green Hill Memorial Gardens
7747 Old Sylacauga Hwy
Childersburg, Alabama, United States
Interment
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