Richard "Mac" Joseph McGee, Sr.



JACKSONVILLE – Marine Corps Sergeant Major (Ret.) Richard “Mac” Joseph McGee Sr.,
son of the late Martin McGee and Gertrude Hooven McGee, was born on August 25, 1937 in Maple Shade, N.J. and died on February 8, 2018 at Onslow Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, February 16, 2018 at Infant of Prague Catholic Church. Burial, with full military honors, will follow at Coastal Carolina State Veterans Cemetery.

Mac served 26 years in the United States Marine Corps as an infantryman, which included three tours in Vietnam where he earned a Purple Heart. He retired in 1980 as the Sergeant Major of Second Force Service Support Group at Camp Lejeune. Mac and his family moved a total of nineteen times during his time in the service before settling in Jacksonville, NC. After retirement he worked several years for the Jacksonville Daily News and the Material Management Department, Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune. He continued to lead a life dedicated to service, volunteering with many organizations in the Jacksonville area. He devoted nearly 25 years of service with The Military Order Of The Purple Heart, 15 years with the The American Legion Post 265-Jacksonville, and nearly three decades at Meals on Wheels in Jacksonville. He was an active member in his church and volunteered with the Knights of Columbus at the Infant of Prague Catholic Church in Jacksonville, NC.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Janet Zalewski McGee of Jacksonville; one sister, Gertrude Discher of Jacksonville; three sons, Richard J. McGee, Jr. and his wife, Mary of New Bern, James Francis McGee of Seattle, Washington and John Martin McGee and his wife, Michele of Cape Hatteras; grandchildren, Lindsey Blasi and her husband, Raymond, Richard Joseph McGee III, Brittney Lucas and her husband, Cameron, and Melissa Walters and her husband, Jessie; and four great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends Thursday evening from 6 – 8 PM at Jones Funeral Home, Jacksonville Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to The American Legion Post 265-Jacksonville, PO Box 13, Jacksonville, NC 28541; The Military Order Of The Purple Heart Chapter 642, 1006 Oak Drive, Jacksonville, NC 28546; and Meals on Wheels Onslow County, 4024 Richlands Highway, Jacksonville, NC 28540.

Semper Fidelis and God Bless America