LAKE PLACID — Wade Ralph McGhee, 90, died in the evening on Thursday, July 23, 2009 at the Adirondack Medical Center-Uihlein in Lake Placid, where he was recuperating from a fall.
Wade was born May 8, 1919 to Ralph and Grace McGhee of Salem, Ohio. He attended public schools in Salem, then Mount Union College and the University of Miami (of Ohio). He then served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, concluding his service as an instrument landing instructor.
He then attended the Ohio College of Chiropody (in Cleveland), graduating as doctor of chiropody in October 1946. Later the profession re-titled themselves as podiatrists.
Dr. McGhee started his practice in Salem, Ohio, where he remained until moving to Waycross in 1960. While in Salem, he was active in the First Methodist Church, the Kiwanis Club and a men’s chorus. He also played clarinet in Salem’s renowned American Legion Quaker City Band.
Dr. McGhee offered the practice of podiatry to Waycross from 1960 until about 1998. He helped a lot of folk’s feet during his total of 50 years of practice. In Waycross he was active in the First Methodist Church, Waycross Little Theater, and the Okefenokee Golf Club. He sang in church choirs of the Salem and Waycross Methodist churches from the time he was 14 until just several years ago.
He is survived by his three children: Bryan McGhee and wife Irene of Springfield, Va., Sherry Justiss and her husband Michael of Tryon, N.C. and Heather and her husband Rick Hidalgo of Austin, Texas; five grandchildren: April Byrd, Ashley Byrd, Yvonne Sabin, Scott McGhee, and Sean McGhee; and three great-grandchildren: Lauren Byrd, Jackson Byrd and Braden Sabin.
Wade was predeceased by his wife of more than 50 years, Elizabeth (Mead) McGhee and his sister Elaine.
A service was held for Wade in Waycross on Aug. 13 with Rev. Bob Norwood officiating. Wade was buried next to his loving wife of 57 years, Betty McGhee in Greenlawn Cemetery in Waycross, Ga.