John Clifford McKee

September 11, 1946 ~ March 9, 2014

John Clifford McKee, 67, Johnson City, died Sunday, March 9, 2014 at the Christian Care Center of Johnson City following a courageous battle with cancer and multiple sclerosis. John was a native and lifelong resident of Johnson City and a son of the late Dr. Thomas P. and Mary Rose Clifford McKee. He was a graduate of Milligan College and Pepperdine University, Los Angeles, and retired from Nolichucky Mental Health after over thirty years of employment as a Licensed Marriage and Family Counselor. John was a member of the Lions Club. He was a lifetime member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Johnson City, a former member of the church choir, and a member of the Knights of Columbus. John was a lover of animals and rescued many in his lifetime. He also loved golf, spending time with his family and friends, and scuba diving, which started his passion for saltwater fish. He never met a stranger, and his humor was abundant, even in his final days. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Tully Russell, and two special aunts, Agnes Clifford and Frances Clifford Cain. Survivors include: his wife, Randi Wright McKee, of the home; son, John William McKee, and his wife Valerie, Franklin, TN; daughter, Kimberly Roseanne Thomas, and her husband Jamie, Johnson City; step-son, Casey Medders, and his wife Shelley, Bonaire, GA; step-daughter, Whitney Medders McGuffin, and her husband Frank, Morristown; grandsons, Hayden McKee, Carter Broehl, and Brenden Medders; granddaughters, Harper McKee, Kingsley Broehl, Addison McGuffin, Harper McGuffin, and Kelsey Medders; brother, Thomas McKee, and his wife Kem, Johnson City; and several nieces and nephews. A Funeral Mass of the Resurrection will be conducted 2:00 PM Saturday, March 15, 2014 at St. Mary's Catholic Church. Father Pete Iorio will officiate. Pallbearers will be: John W. McKee, Casey M. Medders, Brenden C. Medders, Shaun Sandera, Frank McGuffin, Jamie Thomas, Aaron Morris, Bob Hefty, and Ben Williamson. Honorary pallbearers will be: John Walker, Jon Thomas, Darrell Booker, Dean Heath, Rich Carner, George Fredericks, and Ed Simerly. Following the funeral service, family and friends will proceed to Monte Vista Memorial Park for committal services. The family will receive friends from noon until 2:00 PM Saturday at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Mary's Catholic School, 2211 E. Lakeview Drive, Johnson City, TN 37601. The family would like to thank Christian Care Center of Johnson City for the excellent, loving care John received and Vickie Lovell for all her help with John during his illness and the care she has shown to his dear pets.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Life is so tender, so fragile, so very precious. God is our refuge and strength… Psalm 46:1 Our Family’s Thoughts & Prayers and of deep & sincere sympathy are with you all at this time. John was so nice when we came across each other out and about in town and our brief visit while he enjoyed eating out at the Peerless. I know it will be difficult with out him here but the love in your hearts will always be vibrant. We will keep your family in our prayers & may John’s memory be eternal.

  2. Anonymous says:

    My deepest sympathy to everyone in the family for their loss. John was truly a caring person with a great sense of humor. He will be greatly missed by many.

  3. Anonymous says:

    My prayers are with each and every one of you who were a part of John’s family. He was such a very special man who touched every life with whom he came in contact. He helped more people than could be counted and he certainly helped change my life. As with

  4. Anonymous says:

    So sorry for your loss. The entire family is in our Thoughts but more importantly our Prayers. God Bless

  5. Anonymous says:

    John’s wit, humor, sharing, music, love of family and Church were not only wonderful and an inspiration but also a standard for a man to live by and admire. Our love to all those who knew and loved John.

  6. Anonymous says:

    John always made me laugh. I learned a lot from him although I don’t think he realized it. John referred to me as “Cone Head” because I shaved my head at one time . He is a unique spirit with great creativity and imagination . He is not gone , just experiencing the great adventure that awaits us all . I know that God continues to bless him because as spirits of faith leaving the body, unimaginable joy awaits us all. Thank you Lord for bringing John to my life for a little while and please bless and give comfort and peace to John and all family and friends . Randy

  7. Anonymous says:

    We are so very sorry for your loss. You have our deepest sympathy and you will all be in our thoughts and prayers.

  8. Anonymous says:

    To John and Kimberly: My heart goes out to you both in this time of your loss. Your dad was a great man and a life long friend. He never knew a stranger. Your dad had this kind voice with a smile on his face and he had a special way and quality with people he met and he was so good to me and he used to check on me to see if I was alright. He called me ‘Susie Q”. If I was across the room or out in public, he would say,” Hey, Susie Q” and made an effort always to give me warm hug and a gentle kiss. I missed the opportunity of being more,but was not meant to be-only a great friend. He always spoke highly and proud of you both. He respected all-from rich to poor,to healthy to disabilities. He was a true gentleman and as they said-he had this humor about him,that made everyone laugh-especially me. John will always be a part of my life in my heart and will never be forgotten. We had gone our own separate ways,but somehow we always stayed in touch. I will surely miss him, and I know he is looking down from Heaven,saying “What great kids I have and I am very proud and that I am close to you both at all times.” and that he had a good life and shared so many memories with his family and friends and had no regrets about anything. May God give you peace as time goes on and I will keep you in my prayers.

  9. Anonymous says:

    We are praying for your comfort and peace during this difficult time.

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