George Edward McGee

George Edward McGee, 85 of McHenry, went home to heaven Sunday evening, July 17th, 2022 in Gulfport. He was born in Louin, MS on January 16, 1937, the youngest of three children to George Erestus and Myrtice Gertrude (Gibbs) McGee. Being the youngest, his mother and two older sisters truly "babied" him a lot. George grew up in the post-depression era in the small town of Stringer in South Mississippi. Those years taught him not to be wasteful...with anything, and that definitely stuck with him through life. He loved to hunt and fish, play ball with his friends, and tinkering on cars. George developed a love for the old "hot rods" and had to learn how to work on them to keep them going. He attended Stringer High School where he played basketball and football, and actually coached the girls basketball team for a time. Graduating from Stringer with the Class of 1955, George went on to Jones Jr. College, majoring in accounting and serving as a manager for the Bobcat football team. Of his fondest memories was the trip to Pasadena, CA to participate in the 10th Annual Junior Rose Bowl on Dec. 10, 1955. Though the Bobcats lost the game, George never forgot that experience. He and his friends visited a local hamburger place in Ellisville one afternoon and he had forgotten his wallet. The young lady working there was Ann McDaniel, and she allowed him and the boys to eat on their word they would come back and pay. George returned that evening to pay the bill, beginning a relationship with Ann that would last from that night on. They were married Dec. 26, 1956 and spent the next 65 years together. They lived in Laurel until the end of the school year and George's graduation from Jones, moving to Pensacola, FL where his sister lived. George was hired by W.T. Grant Co., later joining the US Air Force as an aircraft mechanic. George served for 7 years before his discharge, and they moved to Charleston, SC. where he returned to W.T. Grant. One of his friends mentioned working for the Civil Service, so George applied and spent the rest of his working career there as a "NAFMO". Over the years, they raised two boys, Vic and Jeff, and lived in Charleston, Biloxi, Sun City, AZ, and finally moving back Gulfport in the early 90s, before settling in McHenry in 1993. Faithful Christians themselves, George and Ann raised their boys in church wherever they lived, with both serving the churches along the way. George was ordained as deacon at Woolmarket Baptist Church, serving in many churches over the years. He would often serve in other roles, including treasurer, trustee, Sunday School Director, or wherever he was needed. After his retirement from civil service, they returned to South MS and worked for Straightway Printing with their son Vic. One thing he never did was stop. George was always busy doing something. From his regular job to working around his home, coaching youth sports teams with his boys, serving the church and helping others, all while still finding quality time for his wife and family, he had a full life. There are so many ways to remember George, and if you knew him, you will remember him. If you ever met him, he definitely spoke to you, usually with a cheerful "howdy". Unashamedly a born again Christian, George was a proud man...to be American, of his faith, his heritage, and most of all, his wife and family, whom he loved deeply. The holidays were oh so special to him because of the many gatherings with family and friends. He loved him some Elvis Presley now, and listened to his music often. George was a lot of things, but arguably at the very top of that list, is frugal. He did not believe in throwing anything away, because him or somebody just might need it. If he saw something that he thought could be useful, he picked it up. And if there was something free, George was going to get it..usually more than one! That's just how he was, but now if you needed anything, he probably had it, safely tucked away in his shed. Provided he could find it, it was yours for the taking. George was determined to say the least, but he was a kind-hearted, loving family man who would stop at nothing when he believed he was right. If you were in his circle, which was huge by the way, there was nothing he wouldn't do for you. And you could always count on George to let you know when you were wrong to boot. To say he will be missed is an understatement, so we will simply say...until we meet again! George was preceded by his father George McGee, his mother Myrtice Cox, and his two sisters, Inez and Mary. Left to cherish the many fond memories are: his loving wife and soul-mate, Ann; their boys, Vic (Janice) McGee of Gulfport and Jeff (Lyndie) McGee of Woolmarket. George leaves a legacy of five grandchildren: Tanna (Brett) Walton of Gulfport, with Megan, Sierra, Cheyenne, and Simcha McGee, all of Woolmarket, and one great-granddaughter, Kaydence Walton of Gulfport, along with countless extended family, church family, and friends far and wide. Funeral services were held Monday, July 25th at McHenry First Baptist Church, where George and Ann were active members; Bro. Wayne Flurry officiated. Afterward, George was laid to rest with USAF honors, in Biloxi National Cemetery. In lieu of floral arrangements, the family requests that donations be made to McHenry First Baptist Church in his honor. Trinity Funeral Services is honored to serve the McGee family in their time of need. Please keep Ms. Ann and the entire family in your thoughts and prayers through this difficult time.

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