Ben David McGill

Published 2:06 pm Thursday, March 14, 2024

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Ben David McGill, 92, Elizabethton, joined his loving wife in heaven March 12, 2024. Mr. McGill was a resident of The Waters of Roan Highlands. He was born on December 15, 1931 in Milan, Tenn., and was the son of Mitchell B and Lillie M. (Frazier) McGill.

Ben attended Sullivan East High School and served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Sperry. He married Eva Mae Gortney in June 1956 and settled in Kingsport, Tenn., and then moved to Elizabethton. He retired from ARA Vending Service and then again from Murray Guard. Ben was loved by all for his laughter, sense of humor and his flat top haircut. He loved western movies and books, fishing and his family and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Marvin and Mitchell R, his sister, Shirley Tate, and his loving daughter-in-law, Kristy McGill.

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Surviving family includes his children, David (Marie) of Crossville, Paul (Margaret) of Bristol, Robert of Kingsport, and Dora Marie Morrell (Eddie) of Elizabethton; grandchildren, Benay Reilly (Chris), Bradford McGill (Jennifer), Whitney Hodges (Andrew), Samuel Blevins (Lindsey), and Conner Blevins (fiancée Clara); and eight great-grandchildren, Dylan, Maloree and Greysen Reilly, Tierney and Declan McGill, Kaylee and Cheyenne Hodges and Evalyn “Evie” Blevins.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 17, at Memorial Funeral Chapel. The graveside service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Monday, March 18, at Washington County Memory Gardens. Military Honors will be provided. Music will be provided by Angela Bowman and Walter Hall. Pallbearers will be children and grandchildren. The family will receive friends from noon until 2 p.m. Sunday, prior to the service. The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the staff at The Waters of Roan Highlands for the excellent care and love they showered on their father and to the staff at Gentiva Hospice for the great care they provided. Family and friends will assemble at the cemetery at 9:50 a.m. Monday. Condolences may be sent to the family at our website,

Memorial Funeral Chapel is serving the McGill family.