Dateline: January 25, 2007

Stanley “Stoney” Walter McKee, 88, died Wednesday, January 17, 2007, in Amarillo.

Services were held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January, 20, 2007, in the Robertson Funeral Directors Chapel of Memories with Gene Denney, officiating.  Interment was held at Citizens Cemetery. Services were under the direction of Robertson Funeral Directors, Inc., of Clarendon.

Stanley, “Stoney”, Walter McKee was born December 10, 1918, in Clay County, Oklahoma, where he attended school through the sixth grade.  In 1936 he left Oklahoma to pursue employment in California.  He served 4 years in the US Army and received the Bronze Star medal for heroic action in the Battle of Pelilu and additional recognition for good conduct during his military career.  Upon leaving the military, he returned to the San Joaquin Valley of California to begin a 39 year career of employment with the San Joaquin Cotton Oil Company/Paymaster Gin Co. of Texas.  In 1948 he married Eleanor, “Miss Ellie”, Frisby in Las Vegas, NV.  After retirement, he moved to Clarendon, Texas.  Stoney is fondly remembered by his grandchildren and great grandchildren for his extensive catalogue of songs with which he often entertained them.  In and around Clarendon, he was known for many wonderful things, including his flower and vegetable gardens.  He was a member of VFW Post 7782.

Mr. McKee was preceded in death by his wife, Miss Ellie, and his daughter, Rebecca McKee, in 1994.

Survivors include his children: Flindy Hedrick of Hanford, California; Susan McKee of Clarendon; Diane McKee-Georgia and husband Frank of San Diego, California; and Jeff McKee of Winfield, Alabama; one brother, Jack McKee and wife Gladys of Hanford; one sister, Mary Griffin of Walters, Oklahoma; grandchildren; Shirley Kaye Deese and husband Paul of Jacksonville, Florida; Barbara Hurst of Winfield, Alabama; Jeff Hedrick and wife Lisa of Winfield, Alabama; Mike Hurst of Hanford, California, Amy Halcomb and husband Danny of Newcastle, California; and Tor McKee of Hanford, California; numerous great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild, Ellie, 4 years old of Hanford, California.

The family requests memorials be to Clarendon Volunteer Fire Department.  P.O. Box 364, Clarendon, Texas 79226, or any Seniors organization.

 

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