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Master Sgt. John W. McGee Sr., age 74, Erwin, died Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011, at Johnson City Medical Center.
Mr. McGee was a native of Washington County and son of the late Bernie and Mamie Misamore McGee. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a step-son, Ronald Arrowood; brothers, Clarence McGee, Emory McGee and Jimmy McGee; and a sister, Kathleen Cox.
He was a Baptist.
Master Sgt. McGee served in the U.S. Army for 22½ years from 1959-1982 and retired out of Ft. Campbell, Ky., from HHC 20th Engineering Brigade. He was a Vietnam veteran, serving from 1968-1969 and was assigned to the 554 Construction Engineers in Cu Chi and the 79th group out of Long Binh as a maintenance supervisor, building roads and bridges. During his service in Vietnam, Master Sgt. McGee received the Bronze Star Medal.
After retirement, he worked as a carpenter and loved to travel.
Survivors include his wife, Jacqueline McInturff Arrowood McGee, Erwin; daughter and son-in-law, Rhonda and Billy Watts; sons and daughters-in-law, John Wayne Jr. and Donna McGee and Jerry Lynn and Rita McGee; step-children, Randal Arrowood, Ricky Arrowood and wife, Sherry, and Tammy Hensley and husband, Mike; sisters, Pauline Wycoff, Shelby Watson and husband, Jimmy, and Blanche Payne and husband, Gay; grandchildren, Heather Thomas, Jodi Douglas, Lindsay McGee, Brandy Willis and Jeremy McGee; step-grandchildren, Matthew Arrowood, Megan Arrowood, April Hensley, Adam Hensley, Mindy Sparks and Christopher Arrowood; six great-grandchildren; and several nephews and nieces.
Funeral services were conducted at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18, at Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Lester Morelock and the Rev. Raymond Conkin officiating.
Interment services, with military honors, were conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, at Jones Cemetery in Unicoi County.
Pallbearers were the Military Honor Guard.
Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home, Jonesborough, was in charge.