James Andrew McGaha • February 15, 2022



James Andrew McGaha, age 42, passed away Tuesday, February 15, 2022 in Dalton, Georgia. He was branch manager of Kendall Electric. He graduated from Fayetteville High School and earned an electronics degree from Central Alabama Community College.

James was a big kid at heart that enjoyed having fun with family and friends. He always enjoyed joking around and cutting up to keep everyone entertained and laughing. He enjoyed grilling and sharing meals and drinks with others around a camp fire or while watching an Alabama football game.

He was preceded in death by his father, John M. McGaha, Sr.; grandparents, Eldred and Mary Ann McGaha, Joe R. Brown, and Tomi Tellas; uncles, David McGaha and Joe Palace Brown; and cousins, Timothy and Lamar Eddins.

James is survived by his mother and step father, Brenda and R. Stephen Howard of Pensacola, FL; two brothers, John (Chrissy) McGaha, Jr. of Walnut Hill, FL and Joseph McGaha of Pell City, AL, step sister, Elise (Marcus) Heygster; two uncles, Randy (Kathy) McGaha, Ronnie (Tonuia) McGaha; two aunts, Cordean (Earl) Eddins, and Pat (Dennis) Garber; as well as numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Funeral services will be held Saturday 26 February 2022 at Pensacola Memorial Gardens. Visitation will begin at 9:30 – 10:30am with short service to follow.

Pallbearers will be John McGaha, Joseph McGaha, Dennis Garber, Daniel Eddins, Roque Chaparro, Victor Hernandez. Honorary Pallbearers will be R. Stephen Howard, J. Michael McGaha, Daniel McGaha, Joshua Eddins, Thomas Hoelzer.

The service will be available via live webcast for anyone that cannot attend. You may watch the webcast live and/or for 90 days after day of service by entering this website address into one of the compatible browsers (Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox on a Windows computer/phone or Safari on an Apple Mac/iPhone):
https://webcasts.lifetributes.com/1196493

Webcast will not be available till 5 minutes before the service.

The password for viewing this webcast has been set to: 22043

If you have any questions, please contact Pensacola Memorial Gardens at 850-944-0355.

  1. Julie Philippart says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this time of loss!

  2. Cecilia Knotts Jackson says:

    Brenda, John, and Joe, I am so sorry got your loss. I remember James as a child and something about him stood out and I love being around all of you. I love y’all so much. My prayers for peace, comfort and strength are with you and all of your families!

  3. Melanie Harris says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with all the family. May God give you all peace and comfort during this time. Was so sad to hear of my cousin’s passing.

  4. patricia garber says:

    I love and miss you James. Always will!!!

    Aunt Patsy

  5. Amy Harrison-Garcia says:

    May your family find strength and comfort through this difficult time.

  6. Tani says:

    Truly sorry for your loss. May all the good memories you shared together give you comfort and warmth in this time of sorrow.

  7. Hillory says:

    So sorry for the loss of such a kind and funny guy. He will truly be missed. Prayers for the family.

  8. The Whitman’s says:

    God bless James and this strong family you have our love and prayers.

  9. Jay Prater says:

    My thoughts and prayers to the family.
    I worked with James at Kendall Electric in Dalton GA.
    He always conducted himself professionally with me and our customers. I always will remember his sense of humor. He will be missed by us at Kendall and by the customers he took care of.
    In Sympathy,
    Jay Prater

  10. Brenda Howard,James' mother says:

    Thank you so very much for all these precious words of comfort and encouragement. Thankful for those of you that truly knew James.

  11. Elise Heygster says:

    “You went away so suddenly, no time to say goodbye, but brother’s can’t be parted, precious memories never die.” I cherish each memory. Rest in paradise, James. Love, Elise

  12. Elise says:

    You went away so suddenly, no time to say goodbye, but brother’s can’t be parted, precious memories never die. Rest in Paradise, James. Love, Elise

  13. Whit wise says:

    Deep sympathy and condolences to Brenda Sue and family.

  14. R. Stephen Howard says:

    James was my step son who felt as if he was truly my own. I loved him and will always cherish the memories, the laughs, singing karaoke and all the good times we had together. He was a good man who knew Jesus Christ or Lord and Savior and is in Heaven at peace with him now. We love you James Andrew McGaha

  15. Brenda Howard,James' mother says:

    James I love you and will miss you until we are together again. Thankful for all the precious loving memories we made with one another. You were a wonderful son and it has been a privilege to be your mother. Thankful you are at peace and with your dad, Timmy, and Lamar and your granddaddy walking streets of gold and enjoying paradise (the Rose Garden) of our God and king Jesus Christ.

  16. Joe says:

    Words cannot express the loss I feel for you, James. You were more than just a brother, you were a close friend too. I knew I could call on you anytime I needed for anything I needed and that was a mutual matter between us. I’m most grateful that we both find our Hope in Jesus Christ, and thank our Heavenly Father for that! Until we meet again, I love you James!

  17. Tyus Family says:

    John McGaha & Family..
    Deepest condolences at your time of loss. Praying for you and yours. God Bless.

  18. Patricia Russo says:

    May God Keep James in his Loving Arms

    My deepest sympathy to you Brenda and your
    family.

  19. GLENNBAGGS says:

    May the road rise up to meet you may the wind be always at your back made the sun warm shine upon your face may the rains full soft upon your fields and until we meet again may god hold you in the palm of his hand. love,glenn-o

  20. Larry and Florence Stephens says:

    Brenda, John,and Joe, we are so sorry for your loss. James was a sweet and loving person. I remember playing games with him when Tomi and I stayed in Childersburg with y’all, we all had so much fun together. Now he is walking with Jesus, we will see him again one day. Keeping you in our prayers and sending you our love.

  21. LaraCarpenter keefe says:

    Will always keep him in my memories, my condolences.

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