On November 8th in Mendenhall, Mississippi, the Lord blessed Lillie Carter and C.L. McGee with a son, Randy Michael McGee. Randy attended and graduated from Kosciusko Senior High School. After high school, Randy attended Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi and completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Technology Management. He also obtained a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management from Webster University in Saint Louis, Missouri. Randy married the love of his life, Candace E. Taylor-McGee. He passed to his Heavenly Reward quietly on July 14, 2023 in Gulfport, Mississippi.
From the time he was a child, Randy proved that he was a unique individual with amazing commitment and focus. The simplest pleasures in life brought Randy great joy. He had an uncanny ability to find happiness in his daily activities. His pleasant personality was contagious to everyone he met.
Randy started his military career in 1985 with the United States Army where he completed 27 years of active service, including 5 deployments to Iraq, all of which were Combat Arms service. He received Bronze Star Medals (2), Purple Heart Award (1), Meritorious Service Medals (5), Army Achievement Medals (10), Army Commendation Medals (9), Combat Action Badge (1) and a TRADOC CMDR Award for Excellence (1). After retirement from the U.S. Army as a Command Sergeant Major (E9), Randy transitioned to the Department of Veterans Affairs in 2013 as a Patient Advocate Supervisor and later retired in 2018.
Randy's spiritual journey was fraught, and therefore hard won. As a young person, he made a profession of Christian faith and was active with Wesley United Methodist Church where he served as an Usher and held a position on the Advisory Board.
He was a Command Sergeant Major, a mentor, a Life member of the Jackson State University National Alumni Association, Incorporated, a Silver and Diamond Life member of the NAACP, a Life member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated, and a teacher as well as an administrator with an enchanting smile. He never let personal life interfere with his professional life, nor did he let various vocations inhibit his activism or his willingness to work in his community.
Throughout his life, Randy’s military and community activism never flagged or waned. He was a voice for humanity and would have no problem speaking out about anything that fettered the human spirit. His life and his body of accomplishments trumpet the importance of love, tolerance, and forgiveness. He was a warrior for knowing, showing, giving, living and love.
Funeral Services will be held at Greater St. John AME Church, 551 Division Street, Biloxi, MS 39530 on Saturday, July 22, 2023 at 11:00 am. Friends may visit from 10:00 am until service time. A graveside service will be held at Biloxi National Cemetery, 400 Veterans Avenue, Biloxi, MS 39531 on Monday, July 24, 2023 at 2:30 pm.
Bradford-O’Keefe Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Randy Michael McGee.