Wilburn Miller McGhee

McGhee1Wilburn Miller McGhee passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at the University of Utah Medical Center.

Dub, his nickname since birth, was born in the beautiful hills near Rockwood, Tennessee on July 15, 1940 to Samuel and Pauline Miller McGhee.

At a very early age he learned how to work on cars and become a very good mechanic and remained one until he could no longer physically manage it. His love of automobiles never ceased throughout his life.

He joined the military in 1957 and served in the Navy in Corpus Christi, Texas. There he met and married Barbra Fails. They had three children together, Michael Miller McGhee, Robin Marie McGhee and Marla Jean McGhee (Zinsky). They were later divorced.

Dub was a very hard worker and took pride in all he accomplished. Even though he never finished school, he owned and operated service stations in Montana and Nevada and was in the bar business in Ely, Nevada. He was very business wise and took pride in his achievements.

Throughout his life he befriended many people from many places. Dub was a very unique man and always said what was on his mind. He stood by everything and everybody that he believed in. When you became his friend, you were a friend for life. He helped those that needed it and especially looked after his children. Dub loved his family very much which also included his outstanding grandchildren, Briana McGhee, Chadler Solamon, Michael D. McGhee (Sandra), Christopher McGhee (Rikki), Dereck McGhee (Marisol), and his beautiful great grandchildren, Sophia McGhee, Charlee McGhee, Madison McGhee, Samantha McGhee, Max McGhee and Emily McGhee. All of them had a special place in his heart. He had five siblings growing up and was always recalling childhood memories about them. They were Billy McGhee-, Doyle McGhee, Max McGhee, Barbara McGhee and Carolyn McGhee. He cherished the times he spent with them.

Dub met and later married Debbie Vlahos McGhee on April 5, 1991. They loved to travel and see different places and experience different things. He enjoyed antique hunting and finding those “priceless” items! He became very ill having fought liver disease for over ten years. As with anything, he was very strong and gave it his all. Their love for each other grew stronger because of it. They enjoyed 24 years together that will always be remembered. He was greatly admired for his courage.

Dub enjoyed having fun with friends and family. He could be quite a character like when he would dress up like Elvis for parties! He looked and talked so much like him that he would give people cold chills! He loved to make people laugh.

He loved his pets and especially the German Shepherds. He missed those that had passed and knew they would all come running to him when the time came. I am sure they are with him now. He left behind King who still looks for his “dad”.

“When you are sorrowful look again in you heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.”

Dub is survived by his wife Debbie, children Michael (Vickie), Robin (Mike) and Marla (John), his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Also his sister Barbara Scott (Leon), brothers Doyle (Alice), Max (Kaye), and many wonderful friends, neices and nephews. Also his mother-in-law, Carolyn Stone and brother-in-law Bruce Vlahos and his faithful dog King.

Dub was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Billy while serving in Vietnam, sister Carolyn and grandparents. He was close to “Granny” whom he always shared stories about. Also by many special friends.

The world will never be the same without Dub McGhee in it. He will be missed terribly by all whose lives he touched.

To my awesome husband:

With tears I watched you suffer and watched you fade away.

My heart was being broken as you fought so hard to stay.

I know you had to leave me, but you did not go alone.

For part of me went with you the day you left for home.

I will forever love and miss you.

A celebration of Dub’s life will take place on Saturday, July 12, 2014 at Murry Summit at 1:00 p.m. Thank you.

 

Comments

  1. Robyn Vlahos says:

    Dub will be missed. :'( Debbie I’m at a loss for words. But know this I love and cherish u though time we hardly spend. My prayers and love are always with u whether u can see it? But hopefully u know I’m there . Please take care of yourself and call me when ever u need anything. Dub was a great person who always put everyone’s needs and wants first. God bless you Dub!!

  2. Terry Ann Betschart -Prince says:

    My heart and prayers go out to Debbie and family. Tom Prince my guy was an awesome friend to Dub in alot of years. They were very close. Tom and Dub willtell their stories in heaven. Love you all. Tom & Terry Ann!!

  3. Matthew McGhee says:

    You were a trip uncle Dub and the spitten image of Grandma Polly. You’ll be missed.

  4. Briana Marie says:

    I love you grandpa

  5. Bobbie Duke says:

    I feel I should mention C.N. Hayes , who was Dubs mentor, introducing him to cars. He was like a father to Dub, and taught him a lot about mechanics./

  6. Kathy Hutchinson says:

    Dub and Deb you are my neighbors and I did know Dub had passed. We know each other in passing as so many in our area but I have had the joy of spending time to time talking to Dub who could always make me laugh and Deb just the other day with your dog. Funny how we could live so close and I would not know but I believe in spirit Deb. I believe Dub is right there with you. Love to you and your family how lucky was I to know Dub at all.

  7. Kathy Hutchinson says:

    I did not know Dub had passed. Just a correction.

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