Jesse Floyd McGaha


Jesse Floyd McGaha, 89, of Winfield, passed away on Wednesday, May 17, 2023, in the Sunset Manor Nursing Facility.

Mr. McGaha was born on April 2, 1934, in Kansas, Alabama, to Columbus Alvin Sr. and Edith Latham McGaha. Jesse was a member of the Winfield First Baptist Church and a graduate of Martin High School in Walker County. Jesse attended Florence State Teachers College where he earned his degree in education. He served his country in the United States Army and taught school for a short period of time before becoming a State Trooper. In 1965 Jesse joined the United States Secret Service, and he retired in 1994 after 29 years of service. Jesse had many hobbies during his spare time after his retirement, he enjoyed sailing, riding motorcycles, fishing and golfing. He served on the board of Pikeville Country Club as president for a short time. Altogether his greatest joy was spending time with his grandchildren and his family.

Mr. McGaha is survived by his wife, Mary Angeline McGaha; sons, Russell McGaha and Brad McGaha (Leigh); grandchildren, Grace and Michael McGaha; stepchildren, Melissa Beard (Bob), Russ Carothers (Stephanie) and Chris Carothers (Brandi); stepgrandchildren, Spencer Beard (Alyssa), Nicholas Carothers (Karly), Elizabeth Elliott (Davis), Will Carothers, Mary Kate Beard, John Carothers, Allie Carothers and Caroline Carothers; step-great-grandchildren, Danielle and Aiden Flynn, Thea and River Beard, and Brooks Elliott; and a host of nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.

Mr. McGaha was preceded in death by his first wife, Carolyn Richards McGaha; his parents; and his siblings, Jody McGaha, Kelly McGaha, Columbus Alvin McGaha Jr., Francis Dye, George McGaha, Ray McGaha and Patricia McGaha.

Funeral services for Mr. McGaha will be held on Sunday, May 21, 2023, at 3 p.m. at the Winfield First Baptist Church with burial to follow in Winfield City Cemetery. The visitation will be held on Sunday from 1:30 until 3:00 p.m. service time at the church. Dr. Paul Murphy will be the officiating minister.

Serving as pallbearers will be Spencer Beard, Nicholas Carothers, Will Carothers, John Carothers, Michael McGaha and Davis Elliott.

Bowen Funeral Home, Winfield; 205-487-4327