Clifton Russell 'Russ' McGaha


Clifton Russell ‘Russ’ McGaha, 62, of Columbia, passed away Thursday, August 3, 2023 at his residence. He was born to the late Clifton Davis McGaha Jr., and Clarice Burton McGaha. 

Russ was a member of the Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Russell County and a lifetime member of the Hill and Valley Saddle Club. He enjoyed riding Harley Davidson Motorcycles and horses and spending time with family and friends, especially his grandchildren. 

Survivors include his wife Barbara Stapleton McGaha of Columbia; six children, Ashley Froedge (Frankie), Misty McGaha, Jackie Phillips Burton, Richie Bernard and Nathan Curry all of Columbia and Jamie Reece (Gary) of Westmoreland, Tenn.; 15 grandchildren, include three that he raised as his own, Whitney Phillips Sneed, Payton Phillips, Nathaniel McGaha Curry, Ethan Froedge, Molly Froedge, Tre’ Hughes, Bryce Hughes, Coty Biggerstaff, Kenneth Biggerstaff and Oakley Biggerstaff; two sisters, Sandra New (Tommy) and Jan Leischner (Tim Hostman) both of Columbia; several nieces, nephews, friends and other relatives. 

IN addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Abby Curry. 

Funeral services will held Friday, August 11, 2023 at Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home with cremation to follow the services. Visitation will be today, Thursday, August 10, 2023 from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. and will continue Friday until the time of the service at Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home. 

Russ will have his final Harley ride on Sunday, August 13, 2023 at 1:30 p.m. from the funeral home to Bryant Cemetery where his cremains will be buried with his parents. 

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