COMMUNITY NEWS

Remembering J.W. "Mickey" McGee
Friday, April 10, 2015

August 21, 1919 - April 10, 2015

 

The City of Concord mourns the passing of Jacob W. "Mickey" McGee, who passed away early this morning at the age of 95. Mr. McGee served over twelve years (1965-1977) as a member of the Concord Board of Aldermen (now the City Council), including service as Mayor Pro-Tem. He also served as an elected School Commissioner in the 1950s, an elected Light and Water Commissioner from 1978-1986, and an appointed Historic Preservation Commission Member from 1991-1992. Born in Winston-Salem, he was a graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne College and a member of St. James Lutheran Church. He served as an Army officer during World War II. In addition to his public service, he had a career leading the Citizens National Bank, which in 1984 merged with Concord National Bank to form First Charter Bank.

Funeral arrangements under the care of Wilkinson Funeral Home are pending.

The City named McGee Park, located at Corban Avenue and Branchview Drive, after him in 2005. The Mayor and several members of City Council interacted with Mr. McGee in various capacities, and offer the following reflections on his life:

Mayor J. Scott Padgett
Mr. McGee had all the qualities of a true southern gentleman. He was among a group of leaders that made Concord a wonderful place. Like so many of his generation, his service to our country during World War II was followed by years of service to this community. Concord is certainly better because of Mr. McGee.

Council Member Dave Phillips
I've known Mickey for many years and he has always been a gentleman, advisor, and a true friend. When I joined the Concord Rotary Club, he seated me beside of the seat he always sat in and asked me to sit there on a regular basis. He never lost interest in the City of Concord in his retirement and we had many great discussions about local government. Mickey was my friend and I will miss him greatly.

Council Member Jim Ramseur
Mickey was among the last of Concord’s former elected officials from our nation’s Greatest Generation. He helped pave the way for those of us who serve today. It was truly an honor to have known him and taken part in the naming of the J. W. ‘Mickey’ McGee Park.

Council Member Alfred M. Brown, Jr.
Mickey McGee was a mentor to me my entire life and someone who I respected greatly. He lived a servant life in his faith and was an example for all. Our community has lost an arsenal of wisdom but I rejoice in his final resting place. My prayers go out to his family.

Council Member Lamar Barrier
Mickey was known as a gentleman through his years of service to Concord. His sons are just a few years younger than me and we were students together at Concord High School. I remember him always being so nice, and he would treat everyone fairly. The City has lost two good men in him and Bob Baucom. They don’t make them like that anymore and they will be dearly missed.