On Monday, January 21st, 2013, our most cherished, Paul McGhee of the Purity Hill community at Eccles, passed away at the Plateau Medical Center, following a long illness. He was in his 74th year.
The fourth of eight children, Paul Lee McGhee was born on April 1st, 1938, at Eccles, where he has been a lifelong resident. He was the son of the late Henry Bea and Delia Davis McGhee. A brother, Samuel and a sister, Jeletta Smith has preceded him in death.
Paul was a 1956 graduate of Trap Hill High School. He served two tours of duty in the U.S. Army where he was a medic. On Sept. 5, 1959, he married his childhood sweetheart, Evelyn Blaylock. Paul and Evelyn have shared 53 years of marriage. To this union was born a daughter, Della and a son, Steven. Paul and Evelyn have been blessed. Della is married to Kenny Tolliver and they make their home in Bolt, Steven is married to Cindy and they reside in Prosperity. Paul was the proud “Grandpa” of Samuel and his wife Gina McGhee, Courtney Parker and her husband, Ben, Gregory and Autumn Tolliver. There are two great-grand children, Samantha and James.
An optician by trade, Paul began his career 54 years ago with Phillips Opticians. Over the past 20 years, Paul was the owner and operator of McGhee Optical on Johnstown Road. In his leisure time he enjoyed gardening, woodworking and just being with his family. Paul worshiped at the Eccles Community Church. He was concerned about chemical pollution and was involved in helping the folks of the Tank Branch and Minden communities with environmental issues. Being a veteran, Paul had a great concern for Vietnam vets.
Paul was the dear brother of Henry McGhee and his wife, Nellie of Beckley, Harold McGhee of Rural Retreat, Va., Edith Posey of Mechanicsville, Md., Ida Armstrong of Spotsylvania, Va., Goldie Brouse of Harper Heights; he was the fond brother-in-law of Providence McGhee of Aguadella, Puerto Rico; Paul was fortunate to have his extended family, the Blaylocks, Lillian “Corky” Sellards and her husband, Rev. Carl and Lilly “Cookie” Pegram and her husband, Jerry; there are several nieces and nephews and host of friends, among them a special neighbor, Teddy Richardson.
On Friday, January 25th, at 1 p.m. we will remember the life of Paul McGhee with a “Service of Remembrance” at the Melton Mortuary Chapel. Pastors, Dewey Lowe and Kelly Gowen will be officiating. Paul will be laid to rest in the Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday at the mortuary and one hour prior to the services on Friday.
Grandsons and nephews will serve as pallbearers.
And now, we must say goodbye to this dear husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, brother-in-law and friend. “You were too much loved to ever be forgotten.”
Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at www.meltonmortuary. com.
Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Crremation Center, Beckley.