Richard McGhee was a kind, loving, well-dressed gentleman. His remarkable life was marked with grace and style. Richard, the third of nine children, was born on March 30, 1947 to the late Ephraim and Ruth McGhee in Sylacauga, Alabama. His sister, Eva McGhee, preceded him in death. For 75 years, he stood on his faith, which has been handed down through generations.
Richard was educated in Sylacauga City Schools, graduating from Eastland High School in 1967. In 1968 he married Florence Jacobs and later that year, the couple welcomed their only child, Roslyn.
Richard moved to New York and began his career with Northrop Grumman Aerospace Corporation in February 1969. During his career, he provided assembly ground support for NASA’s space program, and helped to build aircraft, including the F-14 Fighter Jet. Richard’s chosen career took him to Norfolk, Virginia and Iran. After his retirement from Grumman in 1991, he trained to become a certified Medical Assistant, working in this second career until 1995. Unable to sit still, Richard obtained his CDL and transported the sick and elderly to their doctor’s appointments through is employment at Acme Bus Company.
He was blessed to find love again and married Katie Troupe McFadden in 1996. Richard and Katie had many happy years together travelling-often with Katie on the back of his motorcycle, attending parties, gardening, and enjoying each other’s company.
Richard enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, driving his Porsche and riding his motorcycle. He loved photography and over the years, preserved many cherished memories, especially at family gatherings. He loved to entertain, grilling all summer long. Richard was a loyal friend, father and confidant-always willing to lend a hand to anyone in need.
A long-time attendee, Richard confessed hope in Christ in 1999, was baptized and became a member of Holy Trinity Baptist Church in Amityville under the pastorate of the late Reverend Dr. Robert D. Abbott. He enjoyed and did not like to miss Sunday school.
The Gospel According to St. Mark (13:32) speaks of the necessity of watchfulness, reminding us that no one knows the day or the hour, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. On April 23, 2022, Richard McGhee departed this life. He is now a permanent soldier in the army of the Lord. Richard will remember him as loyal, strong-willed engaging and always dressed to the nines.
Richard is survived by his wife, children, siblings, grandchildren and several beloved nieces and nephews, and other cherished family members and friends.
Zoom Service Information is as follows:
Saturday, April 30, 2022 Link will go live at 9:45AM
Meeting ID: 761 770 1065
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