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Thomas Fred "Coach" McGhee

April 23, 1929 ~ November 20, 2019 (age 90)

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Jacksonville- Thomas Fred McGhee “Coach”, 90, passed away Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at the Cottages of Swansboro after a brief illness.  He was born April 23, 1929 in Guilford County, NC son of the late, Fred Wilson and Lola Walker McGhee.

A memorial service will be held Sunday December 1, 2019 at 2:00 PM in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home-Jacksonville.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Tom was a coach and a PE teacher at Lejeune High School from 1956 to 1988.  He had a positive impact on many young peoples’ lives during his teaching tenure.  Coach lived a rich, full life and definitely lived life on his own terms.   

He is survived by wife of 66 years, Gladys Belcher McGhee of the home; daughter, Debra McGhee of Olney, MD; and sister, Rebecca Norris of Greensboro.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in Tom’s name to the Lejeune High School Scholarship Foundation, Inc., 835 Stone St. Camp Lejeune, NC 28547 or any golf charity such as the Tiger Woods Golf Foundation at

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Memorial Service
December 1, 2019

2:00 PM
Jones Funeral Home - Jacksonville
303 Chaney Avenue
Jacksonville, NC 28540

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