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Clifton Davis McGaha, Jr., 83, Columbia, KY (1937-2021)

Clifton Davis McGaha, Jr., of Columbia passed away on Sunday, March 21, 2021, at T. J. Health Columbia. He was 83 years old.

Mr. McGaha chose cremation, and a memorial service will be held at 1pmCT on Friday, March 26, 2021, at the Bryant Cemetery.

He was born September 13, 1937, in Adair County to the late Clifton and Bessie Hughes McGaha.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife Clarice Burton McGaha and two siblings Basil Dabney and Nell Rooks and a special friend Adrian Conover.

Mr. McGaha was the former Adair County Sheriff and a member of the Adair County Jaycees, Hill & Valley Saddle Club and Hood Masonic Lodge #839.

Survivors include three children Russ McGaha (Barbara), Sandra New (Tommy) and Jan Leischner (Tim Horstman) all of Columbia, KY; seven grandchildren Ashley Froedge (Frankie), Misty Torres (Mario), Shannon Fowles (Carl Rowe), Jason Pendleton (Kelli), Landon Leischner (Felicia), Kyle Leischner and Aland Leischner; 13 great-grandchildren; a special friend Charlie Lloyd of Columbia and his K-9 companion Blue.

Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences at

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Clifton Davis McGaha, Jr., 83, Columbia, KY (1937-2021)

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