Obituary: Charles L. McGaha


BOSSIER CITY – Charles L. McGaha passed away on November 23, 2016, after a long and happy life. He was born on August 31, 1934 in Pioneer, LA. The last 11 years, Charles battled acute myeloid leukemia, a bone marrow transplant, and metastatic colon cancer.

Charles graduated from the University of Louisiana, Monroe (Northeast) with a degree in mathematics/accounting and completed his masters degree courses at LSU Baton Rouge in accounting. He taught accounting classes for LSU and also Southern Arkansas University. Charles retired with Murphy Oil Corporation, El Dorado, as an accountant. After retirement he lived in Junction City, Arkansas, 17 years. Bossier City has been home since 2008.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Homer and Louise McGaha and two sisters, Dorothy Self and Darlene Allen.

Charles is survived by his wife, Margaret Ezell McGaha of Bossier City; his son, Keith McGaha and wife Dana and their two children Michael and Anna of Haughton; his daughter, Kaye Patin “Lady Bug” and her husband Don, Bossier City, and their two children Andrew of Haughton and Leslie Phillips and husband Caleb of Benton, LA. He is survived by four brothers, Gerald, Harold, Larry, and Robert and one sister, Mary Barton.

Charles taught us how to live. He squeezed every ounce of joy out of every day despite his illness. Always smiling, he never stopped laughing and he loved to make other people laugh. He always had a joke to tell and a song to sing. His love for family, friends and church was exhibited in his daily life.

Charles had a great love and appreciation for music. He sang and played his upright bass and/or his guitar daily. He loved reading. His favorite book was the Bible. He read it from cover to cover each year. Charles volunteered his accounting services by preparing federal and state tax returns for churches, family and friends.

Charles loved his LSU Tigers!! Other daily hobbies included playing board and card games with Margaret and others, solving daily newspaper crossword puzzles, sodukos, and cryptoquotes and playing bingo with his family. Jeopardy was the highlight of his day. Charles had a sharp mind to the very end of his life.

Much gratitude to Robert (Charles’ brother) for the pain and suffering he endured and for time away from his family and job to donate his stem cells when Charles was at Baylor Cancer Center, Dallas and had no other options. This allowed us an extra 11 years with our precious Charles.

The family would like to give special thanks to Dr. Sanjay Shah for the many years of care that he gave to Charles and to Dr. Anil Veluvolu, his oncologist, for his compassionate care, and Pastor Jerry Dean and church members for the many prayers they prayed. We so very much appreciate our family and friends who visited, sent cards, called, and brought food during this difficult time.

The Amedisys Hospice team became our family. Thank you for the excellent care you provided to Charles and our family to make it possible for us to remain at home. To our beautiful and sweet registered nurse, Lisa Broadway, a big THANK YOU! Your love and concern for Charles was obvious. Nita Brown, you were so kind to Charles. Brother James, you made Charles so happy to share your love for God and listen to his music.

Funeral services will be held, Monday, November 28, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at the Pentecostals of Bossier City Church. The family will receive friends at 1:00 p.m. prior to the service. Conducting the service will be Pastor Jerry Dean and assistant pastor, Shannon Stanley. Burial will follow at the Rose-Neath Cemetery.

Honoring Charles as pallbearers will be, Timothy Allen, Rodney Barton, Bruce McGaha, Terry McGaha, Don Patin and Jerry Self. Serving as honorary pallbearers are, Wayne Barrett, Jim Berry, Roger Deville, Carlton Golden, and Charles Goss.