- Published: May 17, 2012
Jimmy was born Nov. 19, 1953. The only son of five children born to James A. and Naomi (Adams) McKee, Jimmy was raised in Yellow Springs and, as an adult, resided in Xenia. Since attending Yellow Springs schools, Jimmy has maintained lifelong friendships. He was employed by Vernay Laboratory for 28 years in manufacturing and quality control.
Jimmy was a devout Christian who took great joy in sharing his passion for the Lord and the word of Jesus Christ.
His love of music ranged from Jimmy Hendrix to Christian gospel and praise. Jimmy had a beautiful voice and taught himself to play the bass guitar, bongos and drums. Over the years he performed locally with several area groups.
Jimmy was known for his smile and for having a mischievous spirit. He enjoyed playing practical jokes and, like his father, never met a stranger.
His love of sports started with little league baseball and grew to include bowling, fishing, playing bid whist, Bengals football and watching the Cincinnati Reds with his mother.
Jimmy was devoted to his family and was a rock for his sisters, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Naomi McKee. He is survived by sisters Barrett McKee Teamor, Karen McKee, Jean McKee and Sandra McKee Smith; nephews Toussaint, Julian and Ricardo Teamor; nieces Rhyan Smith and Rachel Gardiner; great-nephew, Triston Teamor; fiancé Kimberly Stokes and her sons, Shawn and Shane and beloved aunts, uncles and cousins. He also leaves dear friends Joe Mowen and Donn Steinhilber and an entire community that loved him.
Jimmy was a strong supporter of the James A. McKee Scholarship Fund where contributions can be made in his honor at P.O. Box 263, Yellow Springs, OH, 45387-0263.
Visitation for James Mckee was held May 14 and funeral services on May 15, both at First Baptist Church in Yellow Springs, with Pastor Vurn O. Mullins officiating and Pastor William Randolph as eulogist. Interment followed at Glen Forest Cemetery in Yellow Springs.