Robert G. McGehee ’49

Robert G. McGehee '49Reverend Robert G. McGehee, 89, of Decatur, Alabama, died on Saturday, September 3, 2016, in Decatur.

Born in Mansfield, Louisiana on December 29, 1926, “Little Robert” was the youngest of four sons born to Robert Marshall and Wessie Eula McGehee. He was the youngest of 68 first cousins.

Early in life Bob committed his life to Jesus Christ. Bob began his colligate studies at LSU and then completed his bachelor degree at Davidson College.

While always athletically inclined, Bob lettered in track at both LSU and Davidson. Throughout his life he continued to enjoy a myriad of athletic activities and shared his passion of nature with his children and grandchildren. After LSU, he attended Emory University to complete an M.S. degree in Physics.

In Atlanta, he met his beloved wife Corinne Smith McGehee (“Sis”) at one of her voice recitals. Bob and Corinne were married in Valdosta, Georgia and lived on to have three beautiful children (Georgia, Mary, and Marshall). Corinne preceded Bob in death in 2009.

He pursued his Physics career in Huntsville, Alabama for approximately two years before he was called to a career in Christian ministry, as his father and two other brothers had also done. He attended Austin Theological Seminary, attaining a Master of Divinity and becoming an ordained Presbyterian minister.

Reverend McGehee served as a pastor in Mansfield, Louisiana (his birth place), Dallas, Texas, Plainview, Texas, Nashville, Tennessee (where he served as moderator of the Middle Tennessee Presbytery), Birmingham and Muscle Shoals, Alabama. While in Birmingham, at the age of 60, he again changed career direction to become a certified Pastoral Counselor.

In 1985, Bob and Corinne made their final move to Decatur, AL where Bob served in different capacities until his retirement from the Presbyterian Church (USA). Bob and Corinne greatly enjoyed being an active part of the St. Andrew Presbyterian church family in Decatur.

Bob cherished the joy he found in the shared love of his wife, children, and grandchildren. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather.

Throughout his entire life Bob earnestly strove to share the gospel of Jesus Christ and God’s love and grace with his family, his community, and all he met. His life was a demonstration of his enduring faith.

Survived by, daughters, Georgia McGehee Atkins (Whittier, CA), Mary Wess McGehee Wallis), (Chattanooga, TN) son, Marshall McGehee (Atlanta, GA); grandchildren, Chasie Wallis, Briggs Wallis, MacGregor Wallis, Bess Wallis Davis (Barrett), Talmadge Atkins, Eleanor Atkins (Thomas Bellier).

A celebration of his life will be held at First Presbyterian Church in Valdosta, Georgia on Friday, Sept. 9, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. Reverend Glenda Hollingshead will officiate. Burial will follow at Sunset Hill Cemetery. A luncheon to greet family will precede the service at the church at 12:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to St. Andrew Presbyterian Church of Decatur, AL or the charity of your choice. Carson McLane Funeral Home is serving the family. Condolences may be made online at

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