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Celebrating the life of

Richard Stephen McGehee

May 24, 1947 - April 22, 2023

Richard Stephen McGehee

Richard Stephen McGehee (Steve) beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend went to his heavenly home on April 22, 2023, at the age of 75. He was predeceased by his parents Richard and Mary McGehee.

Steve grew up on East 65th Street where he made lifelong friends. In high school at the old Savannah High, he started a crabbing business and sold crabs to several seafood restaurants including Williams Seafood.  He also worked at the airport pumping fuel into the planes and Southland Oil pumping gas into tanker trucks. 

Steve attended Clemson University, and graduated from Georgia Military College with honors and head of his class. He also attended the University of Georgia before going to officer candidate school in the US Army. Following his military service and receiving an honorable discharge, he joined his father in the family business-GQF Manufacturing Co. There he improved on old products and created new products. He retired in 2019 after 48 years of faithful and dependable service to the company. 

Steve was a faithful member of First Presbyterian Church for his entire life. Steve was a Deacon and Elder at First Presbyterian Church. His mother, Mary had begun a tradition of making Chrismons for the church Christmas tree.  As this tradition continued, he put up the tree in the sanctuary every year at the start of Advent season.  It was his commitment to honor his mother and Christmas, the birthday of our Lord. Steve was a quiet, humble man who was dedicated to any commitment he made, he was dependable and trustworthy, and his word was his bond.  A dedicated health enthusiast, he began to run around Lake Mayer until his knees gave him a few problems. Steve enjoyed exercise and spin classes at several gyms and Habersham YMCA. 


Steve’s father was a pilot and he followed in his father’s footsteps. He soloed and received his private pilot license in 1969, for small planes.  Steve was an avid glider (sailplane) flying out of Walterboro and Ridgeland South Carolina. He also built a small plane in his garage and airport hangar, a single engine, two-person plane. Steve loved the waterways of Savannah and knew them well, in his 30s he built a two-person canoe, ribs and stretched canvas. Later he became a sailor after purchasing his first sailboat, “The Wave Dancer”.  He built scale model boats, both from kits and from scratch.  At one time he worked at the Ships of the Sea Museum repairing the ship models.  After purchasing land in Bulloch County, he became a gentleman farmer. Steve researched all aspects and taught himself to plant and operate the equipment.  He was a former Jaycee past Worshipful Master trustee and treasurer of Masonic Lodge, Ancient Landmark 231, and an Elk Lodge 183, serving in several offices and also treasure and trustee.  Steve was a very capable man who was able to do so many things.  He faced lymphoma with dignity, determination and strength from GOD, family, and many supporting friends and prayer givers and his subtle sense of humor.  He was dedicated to GOD, his family, his friends and his beloved country. Steve and Renee loved to travel and had been to every continent.

Steve is survived by his beloved wife of 53 years, Renee; daughter, April Guyton (Rod), son, Chase McGehee (Elizabeth); five grandchildren, Magee Roe, Olivia Roe, and Deacon Roe, Gabriel McGehee and Kai McGehee; sister (Angela McGehee Reigle (Mark); in laws, Tom and Jill Hardy, Kathy and Brad Dunlap, Nicki and Mike Talentino, several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

The visitation will be held Saturday, May 6, 2023, form 2:00 until 3:00 in the church narthex at First Presbyterian Church, 520 Washington Way, Savannah, followed by memorial service at 3:00. Interment will be private. 

The family would like to Thank Steve’s Doctors, Adam Novak, Pam Gaudry and oncologist Ovidiu George Negrea for their excellent care and concern. Great Bravos to the beautiful and caring nurses of Memorial 3 West, true angels of mercy, who became like family to us.

In lieu of flowers please make contributions in Steve’s name to: First Presbyterian Church Washington Avenue, Savannah, Georgia 31405.  To Hospice Savannah, P.O. Box 13190, Savannah, Georgia 31416 or Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, P.O. Box 98011 Washington, D.C, 20090-8011.




A candle has been lit!

Renee and I were childhood friends, and I met Steve shortly before they were married. We got to know them both better at Fort Hood, Texas. Steve's obituary reminds us of how talented and devoted to God and his family Steve was. We will miss his humor, voice, and friendship. God bless Steve and his family. Love, Marilyn and Jim Hamblen

- Jim and Marilyn Hamblen, Gainesville, Georgia

The honor I feel of having Steve and Renee in my life could never be conveyed in mere words. Steve’s light always radiating from his selfless heart was exhibited 24/7 in every warm hello he extended, every smile he shared, every second of presence he afforded you when you interacted with him. I had the joy of witnessing his all encompassing love for his wife, and family…. Especially his grandchildren! His five grandchildren shine just as brightly as Steve & I know that is his love shining through their hearts! Steve certainly is the epitome of a well respected and loved man that lived life to the fullest. His absence in our everyday lives has left a huge gaping hole and his presence will be missed beyond comprehension. His courage during this hard fought battle and his repeated assurance to those around him of his never ending love of & trust in God set yet another example to all of us that love and faith truly are what life is all about. Praying for you, Renee and family!! Honored to have had the fortune of knowing Steve, Love, Kelly

- Kelly Youmans, Savannah, Ga

Renee and family, you and Steve were special volunteers at the Bamboo Farm and you will always be remembered for your many donations and faithful service. Our endearing thoughts, love and prayers are with you during this sad time. May Gods never ending Grace give you Comfort. We Love You!

- Sarah Query, Kathy Deloe and Bamboo Farm Volunteers , Savannah, Ga

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel