James L. McGee, age 89, of Franklin, KY, entered into rest Tuesday, July 21, 2020, at 12:30 a.m. at Hopkins Nursing Facility in Woodburn.
Arrangements were under the direction of Gilbert Funeral Home. A graveside service was held Saturday, July 25 at Sulphur Spring Church Cemetery in Simpson County.
James was born on Dec. 11, 1930 in Logan County to the late Lambert Solomon McGee and the late Mary “Mame” Austin McGee. He is also preceded in death by five sisters, Mary Stark, Betty Freedle, Eddie Lou Bishoff, Bernice Bilbrey, Clara June Duke and two brothers, William McGee and Virgil McGee.
He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years Mary Ann Wolfe McGee; three children, Mark McGee of Franklin, Kenneth McGee (Anita) of Franklin and David McGee of Hendersonville, Tennessee; three grandchildren, Carolyn Ann Bandy (Jeremy) of Fountain Run, Austin McGee of Franklin and Michael McGee of Franklin; one great grandson, Silas Jackson Bandy; three step grandchildren, Chris Plamondon (Kristin), Amanda Plamondon (Frank Briar) and Hannah Bess (Nick Groves); six step great-grandchildren, Jenna Bailey, Tristan Bailey, Cayden Plamondon, Hunter Hanley, Haisley Bandy and Kimber Plamondon; several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great-nephews.
James was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He served 18 months in Germany and then in the reserves for many years after. James was a farmer for most of his life. After retirement, he went to work for the Simpson County Road Department where he retired from there as well. James was a member and deacon of Sulphur Spring Baptist Church. He served several years as a Sunday school teacher and a youth leader at Middleton Baptist Church. James was a member of the VFW Post #5706. He was a member of the Simpson County Farm Bureau Board for 50 years and 18 of those years he served as the president. James served several years as a 4-H leader.
He loved to raise a garden and grow vegetables just to give them away to others. James was also an avid UK Basketball fan.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy are to be made to Sulphur Spring Baptist Church, 2504 Sulphur Spring Church Road, Franklin, Kentucky 42134 or Oneida Baptist Institute, P.O. Box 67, Oneida, Kentucky.