General David McGhee


TIMBERLAKE — General David McGhee, 76, passed away due to Parkinson’s Disease on Monday, Jan. 10, 2022 at his home in Timberlake, surrounded by family. He was born Dec. 25, 1945 to the late Napoleon, Sr. and Lucy Featherstone McGhee, the eldest of eleven siblings.

He was educated in the Roxboro Public School System, graduating from Person County High School and during his years there, was a bus driver.

He joined the Old Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Person County at an early age and remained active until his health declined. He was always willing to help with outdoor projects and clean-up days when needed.

David was a hard worker who gave 100% to any task that was before him. He would help anyone who needed his help. He lived by these principles: “Always do what you say you will do,” “your word is you bond” and “do business in a business-like way.” He retired from the State of North Carolina, Department of Corrections, Division of Prisons. During his career in corrections, he was employed at Blanch Correctional Center, Granville Correctional Center, Pope Correctional Center and, ending his career at Orange Correctional Center. While at Blanch, a close custody facility, he served on the Prison Emergency Response Team (PERT).

He enjoyed fishing (crappie), growing vegetables and sharing with family and friends, family trips to the North Carolina mountains, family get-togethers, helping “Tweet” plant and maintain her pansies, spending time outside “piddling” and just finding things to do such as working on Ole Blue, his restored 1951 Ford pickup.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by the mother of his son, Lila Burton McGhee. 

He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Wanda “Tweet” Braswell of the home; a son, Randy Cordell McGhee (Mary) of Roxboro; three grandchildren: EcKeyla McGhee, William McGhee and Johnathan Sanford; two great-grandchildren: Carter McGhee and Kamari McGhee; four sisters: Betty M. Burton, Louise M. Hopson (George) and Lillie M. Quick, all of Durham and Jeanette M. Womack (Harvey) of Leasburg; six brothers: Napoleon McGhee, Jr., James McGhee (Louise), Joseph McGhee (Faye), Floyd McGhee and Willie McGhee, all of Roxboro and Stanley McGhee (Vanessa) of Semora; one great-uncle, John Jones, also of Roxboro; and a host of nieces, nephews, other loving relatives and friends.

A graveside service was held Friday, Jan.14, 2022 at Old Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Clyde A. Glass, Pastor, providing the eulogy. Committal and Interment followed in the church cemetery.

The family continues to acknowledge all acts of kindness, care and concern shown during their time of bereavement and especially thank Dr. Eugene Day and Staff, Oxord ; Duke Regional Hospital Staff-Unit 53, Durham; and Amedisys Hospice Care, Franklinton.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully asks that donations be made to : Project Life Finder, a program that helps find individuals who wander off, payable to Person County Sheriff’s Office, PO Box 1156, Roxboro, NC 27573.

Professional service of comfort entrusted to Cunningham and Nelson Funeral Directors, Roxboro, NC.


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