OBITUARY: James ‘Wilson’ McKee Sr.

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James ‘Wilson’ McKee Sr., age 86 of Cross Plains, Tennessee, passed away on Saturday, June 1, 2024.

Born January 17, 1938 to Erasmus P. and Frances Wilson McKee, Wilson loved God, his family, his country and community.

He was a member of South Haven Baptist Church and previous member of Orlinda Baptist Church and Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, teaching Sunday School for over 45 years. Wilson loved his community and found many ways to serve such as Scout Master of Cross Plains Troop 453 for many years. He also enjoyed delivering meals and visiting nursing homes.

He was a proud veteran of the Army and member of The Sons of the Confederate Veterans. He worked to start and build his own successful business, Perfection Moulders, Inc. Wilson loved history, particularly Civil War history, researching the Bible, Southern Gospel music and attending gospel singings. His family says that he loved to talk to people and tell “corny” jokes.

Wilson is preceded in death by his first wife, Barbara Judith McKee, a sister, Frances Claire McKee Harrod, a stepson, Tommy Allen; and his beloved dog, Klondike.

He is survived by his wife Ann (Hagewood) Allen McKee; son, James W. McKee, Jr.; daughter, Lori McKee Baldwin, 3 grandsons, Jesse Nathaniel, Ezekiel Ray and Ian Peyton McKee; 2 granddaughters, Rachel Lee and Adah Kathleen Baldwin; 3 great-grandchildren, Ella, Erasmus and Jude McKee; and 2 brothers, Richard Stein and Robert McKee.

Visitation with the family will be from 3 – 6 pm on Friday, June 7, 2024 at the Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield, Tennessee. Funeral services will be at 2 pm on Saturday, June 8, 2024 at South Haven Baptist Church with visitation from Noon until the time of service at South Haven Baptist Church. Pastor Frank Gaglioni and Ronnie Cope will officiate. Burial will follow at the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church Cemetery in Cross Plains, Tennessee.

AUSTIN AND BELL FUNERAL HOME in charge of arrangements. AUSTIN & BELL FUNERAL HOME, 509 WALNUT STREET SPRINGFIELD, TN 37172 (615) 384-1000 https://www.austinandbell.com

 

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