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Pastor Ben R. McKee

 

November 12, 2020

Pastor Ben R. McKee (CW4 Ret.) of Elba died Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020. He was 78.

Funeral services were held Nov. 7 at Sorrell's Funeral Home in Enterprise, Alabama, with Reverend Sonny Moore, Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore, and Reverend Craig Bailey officiating. Burial was at Mars Hill Cemetery in Tecumseh, Oklahoma, on Monday, Nov. 9 with Pastor Mark Guinn officiating.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made in Ben's memory to Living Love Christian Center, 1000 N. Kennedy, Shawnee, OK 74801.

Ben was born May 29, 1942, to the late Edgar and Grangia McKee. He was preceded in death by his daughter Gari Sue Smith; son Ben L. McKee; son Cecil "Scooter," brother and sister-in-law Glenn and Laura McKee; brother and sister-in-law Swive and Louise McKee; sister-in-law Sylvia McKee; and brother-in-law Jim Kunard.

He was a poultry and cattle farmer, an athletic official and an Alabama GOP representative. He was a pastor for over 19 years at First United Methodist Church of New Brockton and taught at the Warrant Office Career College at Fort Rucker while pastoring. Ben served over 27 years in the U.S. Army, receiving a Bronze Star with two oak leaf clusters among numerous other military awards. He received the Eagle Rising Award for his continued service for his country after retirement.

Survivors include his wife of over 36 years, Martha McKee; sons Carl Lee Price of Clio, AL and Gary T. Price (Gina) of Enterprise, AL; brothers Dutch McKee (Martha) and Max McKee, both of Oklahoma City; sister Pat Kunard of Tecumseh; daughter-in-law Penny Gregory; grandchildren Samantha Sheppard (Ryan), John Price, Ethan Price (Lindsey), Carlee Price, Ashley McKee, Amanda Bray (Johnathan), Kylan, Zeke, Destiny, Wyatt, Crystal and Chris; 12 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.

 

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