Ralph McGill

    Ralph Gilbert McGill, 85, of Murphy, passed away Wednesday, April 4, 2018, in a Murphy care facility.
    He was a native and lifelong resident of Cherokee County.
    Ralph was a veteran of the Korean War serving in United States Air Force.
    He was a 32nd Degree Mason and a member of Montgomery Lodge No. 426.
    Ralph had worked as a brickmason and was a member of Mount Moriah Baptist Church.
    He was the son of the late James Charles “Charlie” and Blanche Hester Johnson McGill, and the husband for 60 years of the late Doris Christine McAffee McGill, who died Oct. 3, 2012. He also was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Clayton Coffey.
    Surviving are two daughters, Karen McGill Jordan and husband Bob of White, Ga., and Debra McGill Coffey of Douglasville, Ga.; a son, Charles McGill and wife  Tracy of Demorest, Ga.; a sister, Doris Sherwood and husband Jonathan, of Venice, Fla.; five grandchildren, Rebecca Pfaff, Cynthia Jordan, Angela Stump and husband Josh, Kari Knight and husband  Brad, and Eric McGill; and three great-granddaughters, Elizabeth Pfaff, and Jordan and Kaylee Spearman.
    Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 8, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy, with the Rev. Joe Simonds officiating. The interment was in Mount Moriah Baptist Church Cemetery with military rites provided by American Legion Post 96, Murphy DAV Chapter 73, Hayesville American Legion Post 532, Hayesville VFW Post 6812 (Allison Bristol) and masonic rites were conducted by Montgomery Masonic Lodge No. 426. Pallbearers were Gary Dillard, Tim Simonds, Eric McGill, Brad Knight, Josh Stump and David Brackett. Honorary pallbearer was Charles Forrister.
    The family received friends from 1-2:45 p.m. Sunday, April 8, at Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy, prior to the services.
    Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy, was in charge of all arrangements.
    An online guest register is available at www.iviefuneralhomeinc.com.