Lt. Bobby John "Bob" McMahan, 85
Bobby John “Bob” McMahan, 85, of Gainesville passed away December 4, 2018 following an extended illness.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 7, 2018 in the Chapel of Memorial Park Funeral Home with Sheriff Gerald Couch and Rev. Mike Burgamy officiating. The family will receieve friends on Thursday December 06, 2018 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at the fuenral home. Interment will follow in Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery.
Born on July 22, 1933 he was the son of the late Harold Ellis and Viola Youngblood McMahan. Mr. McMahan was a veteran of the United States Army where he was an Army Ranger. While in service he was awarded the Army Commendation Medal, Parachutist Badge, Ranger Tab, Combat Infantry Badge, Permanent Aircraft Crewman Badge, Bronze Star Medal, Purple heart, 3 Overseas Service Bars, Vietnam Campaign Medal w/ 60 Device, National Defense Service Medal w/PLC, Good Conduct Medal (5th Award), Vietnam Service Medal w/1 Silver Star.
Mr. McMahan was retired from the Hall County Sheriff’s Department where his career began in January 1973 as a patrolman until 1978. In 1978, he was promoted to Sergeant “A” Shift Road Supervisor. In 1980 Mr. McMahan was promoted to Training Sergeant and continued in that position until 1984. In 1984 he was promoted to Lieutenant “C” Watch Supervisor. Mr. McMahan started the Hall County Sheriff’s first SWAT Team. He was of the Baptist faith.
In addition to his parents, Mr. McMahan is preceded in death by his brother, Billy McMahan.
Mr. McMahan is survived by his wife of 62 years, Beatrice “Dixie” McMahan of Gainesville; daughters, Cheryl Robinson (James) of Dawsonville, Vicki King (Jerry Hudgins) of Clarkesville; grandson, Josh Robinson (Amy Robertson) of Gainesville; granddaughter, Dreama Huffstatler (Michael), Maggie Burton (Shawn) of Dawsonville; grandson, Zach King (Zoe) of Huntsville, AL; 4 great grandchildren and his beloved dog Nick.
Memorial Park Funeral Home, 2030 Memorial Park Road, Gainesville, GA 30504 is in charge of arrangements.
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The world lost a great man today. I can't say that I've known a more respected or admired one throughout my life. I'm honored to be your Nephew, fair winds and following seas, we have the watch now, rest easy.
Lt Mac was such a wonderful person. The first time I met him was while doing a ride along during training. He told me I could never ride on his shift again because I was bad luck (all the calls that day had been horrible). I was heartbroken and thought he was being serious until I saw him laughing and smiling behind the patrol car. He gave me a big hug and told me "not to stir up" stuff anymore. He was a good man and told it to your straight. I enjoyed going out to Rucksack and seeing him and Ms. Dixie from time to time.
My family and I are sending you much love, hugs and prayers during this time.
Truly a remarkable man. A man that did not let his accomplishments, change how he treated one. He led by example and could always be depended on to guide and teach you. Lt. you left a everlasting impression in my life. Truly, wish we had, had more supervisors as yourself. I wish the family, much peace. and comfort during this time. And always know, he was loved by many in the community.
Prayers to the McMahan Family, I knew the Lt., but didn't work directly under him. Always loved talking with him & visiting Rucksack & talking with both he & Dixie. Rest easy Lt. we all who knew & worked with you still have your back!
RIP Bobby, sincerest condolences to your family.
In my thoughts and prayers.
Bob McMahan was one of the finest men we have had the honor to know.
He was so good to work with through the Hall County Sheriff Department and a very good friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Dixie and family at this difficult time.
Kathy and Steve Martin
Dixie, My dad and I would like to say how sorry we are for your loss. Know that you and the family are in our thoughts and prayers. May you feel the touch of GOD like never before. Much love. Kim & Howard Anderson. MBTR...
Your precious family has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. From high school with Cheryl to working with Bob and getting to know Dixie at Rucksack, I’ve loved you all for a very long time. One of my fondest memories is of Bob making my nephew, Will’s, first set of dog tags at Rucksack. When he was barely old enough to walk and talk, we’d spend hours with Bob and Dixie and they were always so kind and patient with a little inquisitive boy who couldn’t get enough military stuff. You’re all in my thoughts and prayers and I know heaven’s gain is our loss, but, Lt. Bob’s got the watch and he’ll be waiting for us when we get there with a smile and a nod. God bless you all.
As a state parole officer in Gainesville for 30 years, I worked with Bob many times, most often on arrests of parolees. With Bob they always went well because he knew his job well and communicated to these parole offenders, who were often under great stress, that he cared for and respected them. He was firm but caring, and
We never encountered any resistance. I have great respect for Bob and enjoyed his professionalism and good-natured humor. His life was a great gift to our community and his associates. I am sad that I learned of his passing too late to tell his family and loved ones in person how very much I admired and enjoyed knowing and working with him.
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