James Steele McKee, 81 of Pinehurst, NC died Thursday, May 16, 2013 at the Pinehurst Nursing Center. Born March 12, 1932 in Marion Center, he was a son of the late Bartley McKee and Birdie Craft McKee. Mr. McKee was a Korean War Veteran, having served in the U.S. Army.


While living in North Carolina, James was a faithful member of the Shiloh Presbyterian Church. He also belonged to the Southern Pines Masonic Lodge # 454 where he became a member of the Oasis Shriners and Eastern Star Aberdeen Lodge # 259.  James was also a member of the VFW. He retired from the U.S. Government.


He is survived by:  his loving wife of 60 years, Mary Lou McKee, Pinehurst;  NC;

Daughter, Debra Mae Jepson and husband George of Cameron, NC ; his grandchildren are: Ryan James Schulte, in active duty serving as an officer in Kandahar, Afghanistan; Christie Anne Schulte, Apex, NC; and Catorra Leigh Schulte, Alexandria, VA. He is also survived by his brother, Dale McKee, Marion Center and a brother-in-law, Boots Belardinelli, Marion Center.


A visitation will begin at 10 AM Friday morning, May 24th at the Rairigh-Bence Funeral Home of Clymer. Burial with military honors will be in the East Mahoning Cemetery, Purchase Line.


In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: Shriners Hospital for Children, 950 W. Faris Rd., Greenville, SC 29605, or to Shiloh Presbyterian Church, 210 S. Dickson St., Raeford, NC 28076.


The McKee family was assisted in North Carolina by the Boles Funeral Home of Southern Pines. Local arrangements are with the Rairigh-Bence Funeral Home of Clymer. Online condolences may be made at or at .


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