DEWEY EUGENE MCKEE
Feb. 28, 1928-Sept. 13, 2021
Funeral services for Dewey Eugene McKee, 93, of Waynesboro will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021 from West Shady Grove Baptist Church in the Whistler Community, with Brother Mitchell Smith, Brother Steven Smith and Dr. Steve Smith officiating. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021 from the Parlor of Freeman Funeral Home along with from 10-11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021 from West Shady Grove Baptist Church.
The family kindly requests social distancing and masks at visitation and the service.
Born in Wayne County on Feb. 28, 1928, he was a member and Deacon of West Shady Grove Baptist Church for 53 years.
He grew up in Wayne County and attended Davis School through the eighth grade before graduating from the top of his class in 1945 from Beat Four High School. Growing up, he worked on the family farm in the Yellow Creek Community of Wayne County.
Following graduation, he worked for Maritime Shipyard in Mobile, Ala., and was also a Quartermaster on a tanker sailing the seas of the world. Then, on June 11, 1946, eh enlisted in the regular Army at Camp Shelby. He would undertake a 22-year career that ended on Aug. 31, 1968 at the age of 40 as a Lieutenant Colonel.
During his first four years in the service, he was promoted to the highest enlisted grade of Master Sergeant and one year later was promoted to the grade of Second Lieutenant and was commissioned an officer on Dec. 5, 1951.
During his Army career, he was stationed in Kokura, Japan; Camp Chaffee, Ark.; Fort McPherson, Ga.; Key Field in Mississippi; Columbia, S.C.; Fort Holabird, Md.; Sasebo, Korea; Fort Benjamin Harrison, Ind.; Ft. Leavenworth, Kan.; Presidio of Monterey, Calif; and was headquartered in Europe and with the Seventh Army in Stuttgart, Germany.
His many decorations included Army of Occupation Medal (Japan), Army Commendation Medal with third Oak Leaf Cluster, Good Conduct Medal and World War II Victory Medal.
While in the service, he graduated form the University of Southern Mississippi in 1962 under the Army’s Boot Strap Program. He later attained a Master’s Degree from USM in educational leadership.
In 1968, he returned home to the Whistler Community of Waynesboro County to begin a 23-year career in the Wayne County School District. He was a History Teacher and Assistant Principal at Beat Four High School for 12 years before being named Principal at Waynesboro Junior High School from 1980-1987. In 1987, he was elected Superintendent of Education of the Wayne County School District until his retirement from education in 1992. He also served on the Jones County Junior College Board of Trustees while he was Superintendent.
After his retirement, he remained active in the community by helping fellow Veterans and neighbors, as well as serving as the Secretary of the Retired Military Officers Association in Laurel. He was active in the Wayne County Genealogy Organization and the Waynesboro-Wayne County Library.
He died on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021 at his residence after a rewarding and well-lived life.
He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Gladys Pitts McKee of Waynesboro; his son and daughter-in-law, Dale and Teresa McKee of Waynesboro; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Dr. Suzanne McKee and Jerry Waddell, Jana McKee and Daryl Pitts and Lara McKee, all of Waynesboro; his grandchildren and their respective spouses, Whitney and Adam Bounds of Hattiesburg, Derek and Merry McKee of McKinney, Texas, Brett and Katy McKee of San Diego, Calif., Margaret Pitts of Oxford and Mallory Pitts of Starkville; and his great-grandchildren, Wilkes and Baylor Bounds of Hattiesburg and Kenley and Cayson McKee of McKinney.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Grover McKee and Eula Elliott McKee; a son, Donald Eugene McKee; a brother, Leroy McKee; and a great-granddaughter, Haylee McKee.
Pallbearers will be Keith Clay, Michael McKee, Dale McMichael, Rusty Pitts, Donald Sellers and Bill Taylor. Honorary pallbearers will be Derek McKee, Brett McKee, Marty McKee and Adam Bounds.
Memorials may be made to West Shady Grove Church Cemetery Fund or to the Waynesboro-Wayne County Library.
An online guestbook can be signed at www.freemanfh.com.
Freeman Funeral Home of Waynesboro is in charge of arrangements.
DEWEY EUGENE MCKEE