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Minnie Mae McGhee


It is with great sadness that the family of Minnie Mae Barnes McGhee announce her passing on June 28, 2022, at NHC Healthcare of Johnson City, TN at the age of 89.

She was born December 1, 1932, to the late Joseph L. Barnes and Bertha Bracken Barnes of Jonesborough. She was also preceded in death by an infant brother, Landon Barnes. She was a graduate of Boones Creek High School where she made many lifelong friends and was a member of Highland Church of Christ. Her first job was working at Shadden’s Store as a teenager. While in high school she met the love of her life, John B. McGhee, at the Appalachian Fair and they were married in 1950. Minnie Mae was very proud of her children, grandchildren, and her great grandson. She loved talking with them, about them, and looking at their pictures. She also enjoyed sitting outside in the swing enjoying a meal and said, "it tastes better outside”. She also loved telling fond memories of her childhood. Some of her favorites were when she and her mother would walk from their house to catch the train at Boone Station to go shopping and to visit her grandmother in Erwin and the dreaded walk back in her dress shoes. Minnie Mae was a very kind soul who never spoke unkindly of anyone. She loved visiting with her family and friends. Minnie Mae enjoyed listening and singing along to gospel music on the radio and TV and enjoyed watching old movies that her daughter in law would find for her.

Survivors include three sons, Dennis McGhee (Linda), Gray, Ivan McGhee (Myra), Gray and John McGhee (Pauline) Washington State; grandchildren, Erick McGhee (Hannah), Leigh Ann Schneider (Michael), Jason McGhee, Jeremy McGhee (Valarie), Rylan Brown, Ashton Brown and Julie Elrod (Terry); great-grandchild, Hudson McGhee; special friend, Kathy Phillips.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Becky Campbell & Tina Osborne, and the Staff of NHC Healthcare of Johnson City, for the great care provided for our mother.

The family will receive friends from 11:30-1:30 pm Saturday, July 2, 2022, at Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home. Graveside services will follow at Highland Cemetery with Rev. Charles G. Roberts officiating.

Pallbearers will be family & friends.

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Tina Osborne
My deepest condolences to the family of such a beautiful soul. Who radiated with the love of God.
Regina Hill
My deepest condolences for the McGhee family, thoughts and prayers for peace and comfort.
Charisse Peeks and Family
So very sorry for your loss. Our family will keep your family in our thoughts and prayers.
Ronnie and Angie Tipton
Thinking of you and praying for comfort and peace through this time of loss ❤️
Helen Runion
Hello Family. My heart goes out to you all on the loss of your dear Mom. She was such a sweet and caring woman. Her gentle spirit was so uplifting. She had so much love to give to others. I know she's happy with the Lord Jesus now and forever more. Take care all. We will see her when we get there.My prayers go up for you all..
Jim and Karen Stykes
Sorry to hear of your mom's passing. She was such a kind person and it was a privilege to know her. Keeping everyone in our prayers.
Calvin Miller
Moose and family. I am sorry for your loss of your beautiful sweet mother. May I offer my condolences and prayers to you and your family.
Becky Campbell
What an honor and sweet pleasure to know Minnie. Dennis and Linda, my heart is with you and the family. Love with you.
Jill Archer Hawkins
So very sorry to hear of your sweet mom’s passing. Hugs and prayers to you all!