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Louis Edward McKee

John 14:1-4 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.
Louis Edward “Ed” “Popeye” McKee, 67, passed away Friday, June 14, 2013, at Bristol Regional Medical Center.
Born on October 23, 1945, he was the son of the late Robert and Juanita Oliver McKee. Mr. McKee was a member of Kingsport Church of Christ. He retired from Pepsi Cola of Johnson City, where he was a truck driver for 37 years. Mr. McKee was a former member of and served as Captain of Jonesborough Rescue Squad and also was a member and served as Chief of Jonesborough Volunteer Fire Department.
Mr. McKee’s children and grandchildren gave him the most enjoyment in life. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, one sister, one grandson and one niece.
Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 43 years, Rita McKee, Jonesborough; two daughters, Lori Blevins and husband, Mickey, Jonesborough, Traci McKee and Rod Metcalf, Johnson City; two sons Gary McKee and Jerry McKee, both of Jonesborough; one grandson, Tristan Blevins; one granddaughter Tapaienga Blevins; a loving mother-in-law, Iva McCrary; loving sister and brother-in-laws, Sharon and Gene Wishon; seven nephews and one niece; special friends Loyd Garland, John Harkeroad, Joe Craddock and Gene Wishon also survive.
A Celebration of Life Service was held Sunday, June 16, 2013, at Tetrick Funeral & Cremation Services, Johnson City, with Tom Kinzel officiating.
A Graveside Service was held Monday, June 17, 2013, at Washington County Memory Gardens, Johnson City.
Pallbearers were Gary McKee, Gene Wishon, Rod Metcalf, Brad Wishon, Tim Carmon, Greg Carmon, Ryan McCrary and Mickey Blevins. Honorary pallbearers were Dylan McCrary, Hunter Wishon, Loyd Garland, John Harkeroad, Joe Craddock, Eddie Tapp, Brian McCrary, Michael Kinnick and The Original Bulk Drivers from Pepsi.
The family would like to extend special thanks to the nurses at 2 West Bristol Regional Medical Center and Dr. Sue Prill.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be given to the American Cancer Society, 508 Princeton Road, Johnson City, TN 37601.
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