James Clinton McGeeYuma, VA | January 18, 2008
James Clinton McGee ? Yuma, VA.
James Clinton McGee, 90 ? entered into rest January 18, 2008 at Brookhaven Manor. Born in Scott county, VA on March 6, 1917 to the late Lee Andrew and Maggie Winegar McGee.
In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by a son in 2002, Wendell Joe McGee. A grandson, Joel Scott Alley in 2001. Sisters, Lucile Winegar and Clara McGee. Two brothers, Clarence and Roy McGee.
Mr. McGee was the owner of McGee Grocery in Yuma, VA. for over 70 years, a charter member and first president of Yuma Ruritan Club and also a member of the Prospect United Methodist Church for 40 plus years.
Surviving is his wife of 62 years, Maggie McGee of Yuma, VA. four daughters and sons ? in ? law: Nancy and Doyle Alley of Gate City, VA., Linda McGee and Kenneth Bowling of Dublin, VA, Jama and Bill Mason of Radford, VA and Joy and Randy Chapman of Johnson City, TN. A son and daughter- in — law; Jimmy C. and Malina McGee II of Gate City, VA. One sister, Ruby Taylor of Brea, CA. Grandchildren and grandchildren ? in ?law: Andy and Jenny Stewart Glenn, Angie Alley, Brad and Angelia Alley, Clint and Kim McGee, Fred Mason, Katie Mason, Emily Glenn, Chris Bowling and Kelly Bowling. Great grandchildren are Nate Glenn and Clara McGee. Three step grandchildren; Norah Slone, Alyssa Chapman and Adam Chapman. Along with several nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be Sunday, January 20, 2008 from 12:00 noon ? 3:00 p.m. at the Gate City Funeral Home and on Monday, January 21, 2008 from 12:00 noon until the service and anytime at the residence. The service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Monday, January 21, 2008 in the Gene Falin Memorial chapel of the funeral home with Rev. Alan Karnes officiating. Mr. McGee's daughter, Linda, will give the eulogy. Kim McGee will provide music.
Interment will be conducted Monday, January 21, 2008 at Holston View Cemetery, Weber City, VA.
Pallbearers will be Wayne McGee, Billy McGee, Jack Sanders, Brad Alley, Andy Glenn, Clint McGee, Chris Bowling and Fred Mason.
Online quest registry is available at www.gatecityfunerals.com
Gate City Funeral Home is honored to be serving the McGee family.
CondolencesMr. McGee inspired respect and a bit of intimidation if you were lucky enough to date one of his daughters. The best way to mitigate these was to be an active Methodist. God Bless his family and thank you for allowing us to know him.
Posted by: Gordon Quillin, January 28, 2008
I have wonderful memories of McGee's groceries as a child whose grandparents lived in Yuma. The best thing that could happen was a trip to McGee's. Bubblegum, Pet Ice Cream. Later on, when things got pretty bleak around my house, Mr. McGee allowed us to charge groceries and gas. I am not sure what we would have done without him on many occasions. I am very sorry for your loss but it is Heaven's gain. It is true what they say, if McGee's don't have it, you don't need it! From fuses to bologna! The store wouldn't be the same without Mr. McGee behind the counter. Please know your family is in my thought often but most definetly now. Bless You!
Posted by: Pam Taylor, January 25, 2008
To Jimmy and family,
It is with deep regret to of learn of your loss. Words cannot express in any way to offer comfort in these times of sorrow. If I can be of any help to you, please let me know.
Posted by: Tim Miller, January 23, 2008
Dear Maggie & all: My heart is saddened by the loss of such an Icon as James. All my life he has been at the store and at the church. He was so giving, never heard him say a cross word. I guess he helped everybody at one time or another, especially if they asked and if they didn't ask James had a way of knowing just what a family needed. Love and respected by all who knew him; Yuma has lost a leader that can never be replaced. Your family always meant a lot to my family may God be with each and everyone of you and comfort you as you deal with your loss.
Posted by: Phyllis Taylor Palmer, January 22, 2008
To Nancy, Linda, Jama, Joy, and Jimmy: I am saddened to learn of the passing of your father. I remember him with fondness. My dad, John, always spoke highly of him. Some of my early memories are of going to the store for an ice cream cone, and your Dad being very patient and kind because I couldn't decide between vanilla or butter pecan! I know he will be missed by all in the community for a long time to come. I would have come in person to express my sympathies, but am liiving in Ireland now. My thoughts are with you and your mother. With fond and sincere regards, Lynne
Posted by: Lynne Dougherty Quin, January 22, 2008
Linda and Jama and family members,
I am so sorry to learn of your loss. God Bless and comfort each of you.
Posted by: Gaile Doyle, January 21, 2008
Please accept my sincerest sympathy at the loss of your father. You're in my thoughts and prayers.
Posted by: Betty Nester, January 21, 2008
Linda , Ken , Chris , Kelly ,
We are so sorry to hear of your loss and our hearts and prayers go out to each one of you .
Toni & Lee
Posted by: toni & lee bowman, January 21, 2008
My condolences to the family. James was a very unique
person, would help you any way he could, I don't know what I have done a many time for food without McGee's.
Yuma has lost the most generous gentleman.
My prayers and thoughts are with each and everyone of you.
Posted by: Judy Miller, January 21, 2008
We are saddened by the death of such a unique and kind invidividual as James. It is the end of an era. Yuma will never be the same without James. He was one of a kind, one of the most generous and philanthropic men Southwest Virginia has ever seen.
He saved Christmas for the Winegar family in the 40s and 50s, when the holidays would have bleak indeed without his delivery of Christmas baskets. Not only that, he tided us over when our dad was in a sanatorium for years, and the only food we had to eat was what we could put on the tab at James's. I think — I hope — that we eventually got it all paid.
It is good and instuctive to have come in contact during a lifetime with such a generous soul as James. James had the ability to make you believe that the world held hope, and was not such a bad place after all.
Our thoughs are with you during this difficult time. His memory and the good things he did will live as long as we do.
With best regards,
Garvey and Brenda Winegar
(near the mouth of Possum Creek)
Posted by: Garvey Winegar, January 21, 2008
Your friends at Pet Dairy are sorry for your loss.
J.C. will be missed. Our thoughts & prayers are with
Posted by: Pet Dairy, January 21, 2008
Your are in my thoughts and prayers. James will be missed by all. May God Bless each and everyone of you.
Posted by: Betsy Gibson, January 20, 2008
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