CATLIN – Charles F. McGee, 94, of Catlin departed this world to meet his Lord. He died at 8:40 p.m. Friday (Aug. 23, 2013) while in the Palliative Care Unit at the Veterans Affairs Illiana Health Care System in Danville.
He was born April 10, 1919, in Batestown, the son of Charles E. and Nellie Byerly McGee. He married Mary Hawkins on Feb. 17, 1943, in Hernando, Miss. At the time he was recovering at Kennedy General Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., from wounds received while in combat at Guadalcanal.
Mary preceded him in death on Jan. 12, 2001.
Survivors include his three children, C. Michael (Linda) McGee, David A. (Kathryn) McGee and Jeanie (Scott) Church, all of Catlin; his grandchildren, Noelle Spicer of Danville, Molly (Tommy) Selby of Monticello, Matthew (Kristi) McGee of Catlin, Dr. Betsy (Craig Davenport) McGee of New Liberty, Iowa, Christian McGee of Savoy, Jared (Jennifer) Church of Catlin and Darcy (Ryan) Shepherd of Danville; his great- grandchildren, Ty and Mya Selby, Jacob, Shelby, Karli and Grayson McGee, Zoe and Kinslee McGee and Grace, Ian and Weston Church. Other survivors include his sister-in-law, JoAnn Fetters; three nieces, Luanne Kees, Janice Hawkins and Jackie Land; three nephews, Curt McGee, Bobby McGee and Steve Hadley; and special friend, Glenda Eaton.
Charles was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Marjorie Jones; and one brother, Robert McGee.
Charles was a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army, serving during World War II. He received a Purple Heart after being wounded at Guadalcanal.
After serving his country, Charles returned home to Catlin, where he farmed for over 40 years.
Charles was the first recipient of the Outstanding Young Farmer Award in Vermilion County. He was a lifelong member of the Catlin Church of Christ, serving as an elder, treasurer and Sunday School teacher. He was co-chairman of the building committee and chairman of the finance committee when the present church was constructed in 1956.
In the '70s Charles was actively involved in efforts to prevent strip mining in Catlin Township. He served on both the Catlin High School and Grade School boards of education. He was co-chairman of the founding committee of the Catlin Historical Society. Most of all, Charles was proud of his heritage and was committed to God, country and family.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, at Catlin Church of Christ, with Darren Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Catlin. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, at Catlin Church of Christ. Memorials may be made to the Catlin Church of Christ Building Fund or the Catlin Historical Society. Online condolences at www.robisonchapel.com.