Barbara Sue McGaha

May 24, 1949 ~ August 21, 2016

Born in: Kingsport, TN
Resided in: Johnson City, TN

Barbara Sue McGaha, born May 24, 1949 passed away August 21, 2016. Preceded in death by: her father, Norman ?Mac" McGaha, and sister-in-law, Sandra Crutcher McGaha. Survived by: her mother, Betty Vineyard McGaha; sister, Betty Ann McGaha Furches (James); brothers, David E. McGaha and J. Michael McGaha; nephews, Jeff and Craig Furches; nieces, Cassie and Amie McGaha; and the Davidson Clan. Faithful member of First United Mehtodist Church where she served as part time financial secretary. Retired from the Johnson City School System in 2000 after 30 years of service (teaching at North Junior High and Liberty Bell Middle School; and as administrator at Science Hill High School). The service of celebration will be held at First United Methodist Church, 900 Spring Street, Johnson City, TN on Wednesday, August 24 at 6:30 PM. The Reverend Jane Taylor will be the worship leader. The family will receive friends from 4:30 PM until time of the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church pastor?s housing fund.

Memories Timeline


  1. Anonymous says:

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Sue was a wonderful Christian woman and her mark was left everywhere. My prayers are with you.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I loved Sue McGaha. What a wonderful friend growing up, a marvelous teacher, and a great help to my spiritual family. Wonderful sister and parents. What a loss !!

  3. Anonymous says:

    I was privileged to work with Sue at Science Hill High School where she gave of herself tirelessly. I learned so much from her. But best of all, I received the gift of her friendship. My condolences to her family. I will miss her.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I was sorry to hear of the passing of Sue McGaha. I worked with her many years at Liberty Bell. She was a kind and wonderful lady!! Prayers for the family.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Im going to miss her very much. I will miss her smile .

  6. Anonymous says:

    In the 1970s Sue was very active in the music program of First United Methodist Church, singing in the adult choir and serving on the Wesley Singers’ Choir Tour Committee. She traveled many miles on tour with the singers, who loved her dearly. She was a great help and friend to us when I was music director at the church. In the words of one of the songs that the Wesley Singers sang: "Peace I leave with you, my friend . . ."

  7. Anonymous says:

    Ms. McGaha was an amazing person. She will be forever in our hearts. She was an advocate for her students and encouraged them.

  8. Anonymous says:

    My deepest condolences to the amazing Mcgaha family.. Sue was a great mentor, teacher, and friend, she will be missed by many, especially me…

  9. Anonymous says:

    My prayers and thoughts for the McGaha family. She was my math teacher at Liberty Bell many yrs ago. She was a sweet person and great teacher who touched many.

  10. Anonymous says:

    My prayers go to the family, not only for the next few days, but also in the weeks to come. Sue, who was both a friend and a coworker, has influenced the lives of many. She always had a smile for others, especially when the person most needed it.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Our love, prayers, and condolences to Sue’s family. Sue was an amazing person who gave selflessly to everyone she knew. I was blessed to know her.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Please accept my condolences on the passing of Ms. McGaha. She was one of my many teachers at Liberty Bell. What a wonderful teacher she was and I so enjoyed being in her class.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Sue had such a positive impact on building my Christian foundation; always smiling; was able to show others that being a Christian can be fun! Loved her dearly!

  14. Anonymous says:

    Sue was one of the first teachers to reach out to me as a brand new teacher at LBMS and became a dear friend. Her laughter and love she shared will be missed.

  15. Anonymous says:

    I am sad to see such a great light like Sue go out on earth but happy for everyone in heaven who will enjoy her laughter! Praying for all!

  16. Anonymous says:

    I am so very, very sorry to learn of Sue’s passing. She was a kind, friendly, caring woman who devoted many years to guiding young people . She always took time to talk and be engaged with me, and I will remember her smile and gentle manner.

  17. Anonymous says:

    I was sad to hear of Sue’s passing. She was a beloved sitter, counselor, mentor, encourager and teacher to me. I try to be a teacher that would make her proud.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Our sympathy to all the loving family. Sue was part of the foundation that made our school system so strong. She was an excellent teacher. She cared. She was humerous, spiritual, intelligent, and always, my friend.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Sue had such an impact on my life while working with her at Buffalo Mtn in the late 60’s. Her smile lit up the lodge and her love left a positive impression on.

  20. Anonymous says:

    Sue McGaha was such an inspiration to me during her time at Science Hill High School. As a co-worker, administrator she was the true meaning of professional. Thank You Ms. McGaha for teaching and guiding me.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Sue was the first teacher that I substituted for at Liberty Bell. I could tell from her plans that she was an outstanding teacher. When I became a full time teacher at Liberty Bell, I always looked forward to seeing her wonderful smile and her sunny outlook. What a blessing she was to everyone who knew her!

  22. Anonymous says:

    Sue, a kind, caring friend and coworker. What a privilege it was to know you. With love and respect. Cregg

  23. Anonymous says:

    We both wish to express our deepest sympathy in the loss of your lovely daughter and sister. She was a joy to all who knew her and will be greatly missed but remembered with love. Love in Christ, Linda & Charles

  24. Anonymous says:

    Dear Betty, Betty Ann, Dave and Mike, I was so sad to read of Sue’s passing. So very sorry and I pray for God’s peace and comfort for all of you. I was immediately thrown back to the days we spent in the duplex on Watauga. Such wonderful memories. I have heard many things about Sue throughout the years and I know she had positive impacts on many she came in contact with. God’s blessings on each of you.

  25. Anonymous says:

    Dear McGaha family, I was so very sorry to hear that Sue had passed. She was a wonderful person, teacher, and mentor to many Johnson City School students. She will certainly be missed. Please know that all of you are in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time. Sincerely, Tom

  26. Anonymous says:

    Dear McGahas, I wish I could be there with you to celebrate the fantastic, left-handed, ever loving and laughing Sue. Even though we haven’t visited as much since Mimi and Foddy died, I think of you all with love and I know there will be much laughter amid the tears. Please hug and kiss each other for me. Much love, Whitney

  27. Anonymous says:

    I have such fond memories of Sue and so blessed to have known her. May she rest in peace.

  28. Anonymous says:

    I worked with Sue at Buffalo Mtn. Camp the summers of 1971 and 1972. I appreciated her as the Director. I had lost contact with her but She was a big help as I began my ministry.

  29. Anonymous says:

    Oh, sweet Sue and Betty Ann! How I loved those little girls – and their mama and daddy. Praying God’s special blessings on all of you both now and in the days ahead. Much love, Marianna (Kelly) and Ernie McGaughey

  30. Anonymous says:

    So sorry to hear of the passing of Sue. Our memories of her are precious and from Watauga Ave. My youngest son remembers her as his math teacher when he was in the 8th grade. Sometimes Sue and or Betty would babysit Steve and Kevin for awhile. Kevin did not walk until he was about 18 months old. Sue said "I will watch him for you AND I will get him to walk". All the McGaha’s were wonderful neighbors. Please accept my condolences! Love to all…..Glenda. 805 E Watauga

  31. Anonymous says:

    We are so sorry for your loss! Sue demonstrated such a positive Christian attitude! She will be missed!

  32. Anonymous says:

    We were in a Bible study with Sue back in the 70’s. Our memories of that time with Sue are wonderful. May the family be comforted by the good Lord.

  33. Anonymous says:

    Celebrating with you a life well lived and a beautiful person. A donation in Sue’s memory was made to the UMCOR US Disaster Response fund. Praying for you as you grieve, Andrew & Christie Peebles Shawn & Anna Peebles

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