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Lena McGahee

Lena Barden McGahee

Wednesday, February 9th, 1927 - Saturday, September 14th, 2019
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Lena Barden McGahee, age 92, of Cornelia, Georgia, passed away on Saturday, September 14, 2019.

Born on February 9, 1927, in Cornelia, Georgia, she was a daughter of the late Frank and Annie Turpin Barden. Mrs. McGahee was a member of Cornelia United Methodist Church where she served as the church organist and pianist. She was active in the 3 Arts Club, Cornelia WMU, and the American Cancer Society. Mrs. McGahee was an avid golfer and homemaker. She was a lovely, gentle, southern lady.

She was also preceded in death by her beloved husband of 52 plus years, Thomas J. McGahee, Sr.; brothers, Lee Barden and James Barden; and sisters: Claudine Tomlin, Louise Morgan, and Mary Ann Caudell.

Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, Jeff and Cheryl McGahee of Baldwin and Jim and Jeanne McGahee of Cornelia; grandchildren, Jimbo McGahee and wife, Emily and John McGahee; great-grandchildren: Bo McGahee and Jacob McGahee; brothers, Dan Barden of OH and Bill Barden of Cornelia; sister, Doris Goldman of MS; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 pm on Monday, September 16, 2019, at Cornelia United Methodist Church with Pastor Johnny Ray, Bobby Spinks, Jimbo McGahee, and John McGahee officiating. Interment will follow in Yonah Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 6-8 pm on Sunday, September 15, 2019, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cornelia United Methodist Church to maintain the musical instruments at 275 Wyly Street, Cornelia, Georgia 30531.

Mrs. McGahee’s Sunday School Class and Golfing Friends will be honorary pallbearers and should meet at the church on Monday, prior to the service.

An online guest register is available and may be viewed at

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, September 15th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Sunday, September 15th, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home
    175 Vfw Post Road
    CORNELIA, GA 30531
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  • Second Visitation

    Sunday, September 15th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Sunday, September 15th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home
    175 Vfw Post Road
    CORNELIA, GA 30531
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  • Service

    Monday, September 16th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Monday, September 16th, 2019 2:00pm
    Cornelia United Methodist Church
    275 Wyly Street
    CORNELIA, GA 30531
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  • Interment

    Yonah Memorial Gardens
    255 Historic Highway 441 N
    DEMOREST, GA 30535
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Private Condolence

Deborah Meeks Creel

Posted at 10:23pm
Jim and Jeff, my prayers are with your you all and your families. She was a lovely lady. Love and hugs, Debi Meeks Creel

Allison Jones

Posted at 10:00pm
In 1993, Lena taught me and several other ladies in the Methodist Church how to make her Caramel Icing. We brought the layers for cakes and she showed us how to burn the sugar and make her caramel icing in the Bagwells kitchen. Today I still love to make her caramel cake. It is one of my most favorite cakes to bake. Because of Lena’s love to take the time to show us how to make the tricky caramel icing, I love to make the Caramel Cake and share it with my friends. I have never found another recipe that is the same as Lena’s. I have shown several people how to make the icing and only one person has learned how to do it.
My husband and I only lived in Cornelia for four years. But in that short time we meet the most kind and genuine people like Lena.
May you find peace and comfort in all your memories of Lena in the days ahead without her sweet presence.
Allison Jones


Posted at 02:28pm
Jeff & Jim...To say I am devastated hearing about your Mom's passing would be a huge understatement. I loved Lena not only as family, but as a sweet caring person who always took up for others. She was a big part of my childhood & even tho I moved from Cornelia, I thought about her a lot. She will be missed by all.

Debbe Lawson Mize

Mary Pless

Posted at 01:26pm
I always admired Mrs. McGahee, she was a true southern lady full of grace and charm. I have many wonderful church memories of her. I know she will be missed by all who knew and loved her, prayers and heartfelt condolences. Mary Ivie Pless

TRom Hensley

Posted at 01:24pm
Jim, I know you will miss her, but she is in a better place. You have many years of good memories. She would want you to play a lot of golf, and that's what you should do. dedicate every birdie to her. Tom and jenna

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