She was born in Jonesborough, a daughter of the late William Presley Miller and Daisy Bell Bennett Miller. Mrs. McGaha was a member of Sinking Creek Baptist Church and was retired from the Dietary Department at Johnson City Medical Center. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Garfield “Red” McGaha, one daughter, Susie Bailey, one son, Roger Dale McGaha and four brothers, Chet, Bill, R.L. and Doc Miller.
She is survived by three daughters, Geneva Rollins and husband Ralph, of Jonesborough, Anita Fay Clymer and husband Edward, of Burnesville, N.C., and Robin Gobble and husband Joe, of Johnson City; four sons, Ray W. “Jay” McGaha Sr. and wife Jackie, of Bowie, Md., Wayne McGaha and wife Dotty, of Augusta, Ga., Ronnie McGaha and wife Kathy, of Johnson City and Gordon McGaha and wife Reata, of Johnson City; two brothers, Jim Miller and wife Bertha, of Sandusky, Ohio, and LeRoy Miller and wife Billie, of Huron, Ohio; two sisters, Betty Miller Cox and JoAnn Williams, both of Johnson City; and 36 grandchildren, as well as several nieces and nephews.
The funeral service for Mrs. Mary Beatrice McGaha will be held Monday, November 19, 2012, at 2 p.m. in the Morris Baker Funeral Home South Chapel with Pastor Keith Weatherly officiating. The family will receive friends Monday, November 19, 2012 from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Morris Baker Funeral Home South Chapel. Graveside services will follow in the Monte Vista Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Ed Clymer, Tray Gunn, Cody Clymer, Kyler Birchfield, Rick Williams and Melvin Williams. Honorary pallbearer will be Ralph Rollins.
Memories and condolences may be sent to the McGaha family via www.morrisbaker.com.
Morris-Baker Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2001 Oakland Avenue, Johnson City, is serving the McGaha family. 282-1521.