McGee, Rev. Robert J. Assistant Pastor, Apostolic Church of God, Chicago, IL. Reverend Robert J. McGee, Sr. was born May 3, 1916 to Simon and Margaret McGee, Robert James McGee, the seventh of 13 children. He graduated from Carter Elementary School and Englewood High School. Reverend McGee attended Lewis Institute and Wilson Junior City College, and studied pre-law at John Marshall Law School. During World War II, he served as Warrant Officer Junior Grade in the European Theatre of Operations for the U.S. Army where he was also an interpreter in France. He retired from the Army on August 31, 1946 and received a World War II Victory Medal, Europe-Africa-Middle Eastern Service ribbon with two bronze stars and three oversees bars. As a young man, he met Elder Walter Clemons, founder of the Apostolic Church of God, where he attended Sunday school and Bible Class and also served as a janitor. He was baptized in Jesus's name at the Apostolic Church of God in April, 1932, when he began teaching Sunday school. He received the gift of the Holy Spirit on October 17, 1940, and continued teaching Sunday Morning Bible Study until September 22, 2013. On June 3, 1941, Robert was called to the ministry and he received his local minister's license in July 1941. He became the Assistant Pastor of the Apostolic Church of God in 1949 and served as Assistant Pastor for 64 years. His first wife, Elizabeth L. Clemons, preceded him in death in 1993. He leaves to mourn his wife, Willa; his three children, Robert McGee, Jr. (Therese), Leonard E. McGee (Rochelle) LaVerne E. McGee; his stepdaughter, Karmine Hillman (Michael); his sister, Alfredia McDade; sister-in-law, Daisy Clemons; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and a host of nephews, godchildren and dear friends. Recognized by Bishop Arthur M. Brazier as "a unique man," he will be remembered as a man who pressed on no matter what the circumstances, and was quick to say, "When I think of the goodness of Jesus and all He has done for me, my soul cries out, Hallelujah, thank God for saving me." Services will be held at Apostolic Church of God, 6320 South Dorchester, Friday, October 11, 2013. Visitation 10:00 a.m. Services 11:00 a.m.
Published in Chicago Sun-Times on Oct. 11, 2013