Phillip Curtis McKee III

May 12, 1972May 31, 2013
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Phillip Curtis McKee III May 12, 1972 –May 31, 2013

On May 31, 2013, Phillip succumbed to the injuries he received as a firefighter on the third arriving engine company from Arlington County Fire Department, Engine 103, while responding to the terroristic attack on 9-11 at the Pentagon.

Phillip was born in Portsmouth, Virginia on May 12, 1972. He was preceded in death by his mother, Cynthia Ruiz; grandfathers, Steve Martinez Sr. and Phillip Curtis McKee Sr.

He is survived by his husband, Nopadon McKee; son, Nathaniel McKee; his service animal “Cloe,” his father, Phillip Curtis McKee Jr (Rebecca); grandmother, Esther O. Martinez, San Antonio, Texas; and grandmother Virginia McKee, Chesapeake, Va. and brother-in-law, Noparat (Sandra) Woods, Dallas, Texas.

Phillip is also survived and very loved by his aunts and uncles, Sandra Martinez, Yvonne Martinez Sotelo (Juan), Robert O. Ruiz, Steve Martinez (Eustolia) and Izaak Martinez from San Antonio Texas.

He is also survived by aunts, Rebecca McKee Wilhite, Patricia McKee Smith, and uncles, Steve McKee and Richard McKee from Virginia. There are numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends also grieving his loss.


  • Wake Sunday, June 9, 2013
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, June 11, 2013
  • Celebration of His Life Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Phillip Curtis McKee III

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Phillip McKee Jr.

June 30, 2014

A year has passed and my heart aches more than I ever thought possible. Watching you grow into such a handsome, accomplished, and incredibly intellegent man gave us both such joy. Words could never express the pride and love your mother and I had for you. You left too soon, but I know you are in the arms of the Lord and I look forward to the day we meet again in Heaven.

I would like to thank everyone who shared in Phillip's life. He made life special for all of us.

Sandra Martinez

December 17, 2013

Phillip, Christmas time will never be the same without you. How I miss you. I don't have the words to express the deep sorrow your abscence has left in my heart. I love you and miss you so very much. Merry Christmas and may you be celebrating with the angels in heaven. I know you have been reunited with your mom and grandpa. Love you, Aunt Sandra

Aunt Sandra Martinez

September 11, 2013

Phillip, my Hero. It's been three months and 11 days you left us. Each 9-11 you are ever in my thoughts and hearts. I pray you have found peace and comfort. My beautiful nephew I love you and always will.

Marge Bell

September 6, 2013

Nope, my life in Maryland wouldn't have been nearly as exciting, interesting, or laugh-filled without you guys and to hear that Phil passed away is a big blow. I treasure the memories of our times together, whether hanging out at your house with Chloe, waiting for something to happen at the PG firehouse, or best of all, the drive to West Virginia for whitewater rafting. Phil was a very very special human being and the world is a better place for having him around as long as it did.

John Brunner

June 18, 2013

The day that Phil and Nop moved into University Park in 1999 they began volunteering in community activities and quickly became an integral part of the fabric of our town. In 2000, there were two vacancies on the Town Board of Elections, and as Mayor (2000-2006), I had the pleasure of appointing both Phil and Nope to fill those positions. And right away, as you might expect, Phil started to use his skills to begin reorganizing and automating the records. And then in 2003, they decided to move to northern Virginia which was closer to their work which was a big loss to our small suburban Maryland community.

My deepest sympathy goes out to the McKee family and to Nope.

Holly Siskovic now Ballew

June 14, 2013

I will always remember our high school years with joy! Nobody could sing, tell a joke, or make me feel happy like Phillip.

June 12, 2013

Dear Nopadon and Phillip's family, I was so sad to hear this news today. Phil was a dear friend to me in college, and I have been so sorry we had fallen out of touch after a couple moves on my end. He and I worked at the Chaplain's office together at Yale, and he always had the biggest smile on his face. And we suffered through German together... Nopadon, I remember his excitement and glee when he met you, and a lovely note you sent us once. Please know you are all in our thoughts and have our deepest condolences. We will all miss Phillip. -Marci McCoy and Amir Roth, Kensington, MD


June 11, 2013

Phil was a true individual who wasn't afraid to follow his dreams, wherever they took him. Nopadon, my thoughts are with you.

Christopher Alvarado

June 11, 2013

From the moment we met in high school, I knew that Phillip was one of the most mentally and spiritually courageous people I have ever met. He was genuine and proud to be himself. I am proud to have known him, and am a better man because of Phillip. Thank you, friend, and Godspeed.

Matthew Stewart

June 10, 2013

Our hearts go out to you at this time and in the days ahead.