Mr. Robert Lee McGhee was born on May 28, 1931 to the late George and Annie Maude (Taylor) McGhee in Talladega, Alabama. Robert (Bob) was the fourth of nine children. He accepted Christ at an early age.
Robert moved to Pennsylvania as a teenager to live with relatives. After being there awhile, he then moved to New York. While there, he was drafted into the Armed Forces. He served in the Korean War. After his discharge from the Army, Robert (Bob) returned to New York where he remained until September 2016. Robert (Bob) relocated to Hamilton, Ohio to be with his family.
Robert (Bob) was employed at North Shore Long Island Jewish Hospital 34 ½ years. He was the chief chef. He retired in 1989.
Robert (Bob) was a leader and organizer, training many employees. He had many talents and he utilized all of them. Robert (Bob) organized the Dr. Martin Luther King Memorial Service at North Shore L.I.J. Hospital in 1970. Three of Dr. King’s children were keynote speakers at the service at different times. Martin Luther King, III, Bernice King and Yolanda King. Today, this service continues and has been a great success as of 2018. Robert (Bob) also organized and influenced administration in bringing the Federal Credit Union into the system and it was a great success.
Robert (Bob) was a great sportsman in hunting, fishing and horse racing. He once owned two race horses and had one horse “Brent’s Dream” win first place. His other horse “Bad Talker” never won a race. Robert (Bob) also was a billiard player until he started losing his sight. He loved gardening. He harvested vegetables to give to the neighbors. He was a lover a baseball, the national league “New York Mets”. He was also a master plumber. He became the “go to” man whatever you needed him for. He would be there no matter if it was cold, raining or snowing.
Robert (Bob) was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers, Herbert McGhee, George McGhee, French McGhee, Rodney McGhee and James Street. Four sisters, Mary Robertson, Annie Brown, Ada B. McGhee and Rotelia Waller.
He leaves to cherish his loving memories two sisters Sarah Butler and Sandra K. Andrews, Ohio. Two sisters-in-laws, Kathy McGhee and Mary Street of Ohio. Two brothers, Stanley (Anita) of Ohio and Robert Foreman (Linda) of Las Vegas, Nevada. God-son William K. Moss III (Falisha), Brentwood, Long Island, New York.
A multitude of nieces, nephews, and friends. His neighbors, the Cotton Family, the Chapman Family, friends and co-workers in New York. A very special friend, Willie Robertson and a very, very special friend of many years, Mattie Gray and sons John Quincy and Kenneth D. Gray.