Larry Dean McGee

November 11, 1956September 3, 2018

Larry Dean McGee, age 61, of Conover, NC, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, September 3, 2018, at his residence. Born November 11, 1956, in Catawba County, NC, he was the son of the late Noah Woodrow McGee and Johnnie Jeanette Keener McGee.

Dean was the former owner of the White Pine Café in downtown Conover, NC, and had previously worked with his father and uncle, Joe McGee, at the original White Pine restaurant, Excel Woodcarving and Building Specialties in Conover, NC, and for Hunter Engineering Company. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, cooking and feeding people. He loved to socialize with family and friends; he could and would tell stories for as long as one wanted to listen. Dean was a member of Friendship United Methodist Church in Newton, NC, where his extended family attended and served for many decades.

In addition to his parents, Dean was preceded in death by his sister, Sandi Petrovich.

Survivors include his loving wife of 26 years, Terri Feimster McGee of the home; sons, Trace Baxter McGee of Blowing Rock, NC, and Joshua Dean McGee of Charlotte, NC; special nephew, Marcus Campbell Forsyth of the home; brothers, Woody McGee and wife Joyce, of Bethlehem, NC, Gary McGee and wife Susie, of Conover, NC, and Neal McGee and wife Susan, of Catawba, NC; and numerous nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews.

A memorial service and celebration of Dean’s life will be held at 2:00 on Saturday, September 15 at Friendship United Methodist Church in Newton, NC with Rev. Chip McGee and Rev. David Hamlyn officiating. A reception for family and friends will follow in the Family Life Center at Friendship.

Condolences may be sent to the McGee family at

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to: Friendship United Methodist Church, 2900 N. Old NC Hwy. 16, Newton, NC 28658, Christ Church, 2172 Wilkesboro Hwy., Statesville, NC 28625, and Catawba Regional Hospice, 3975 Robinson Rd., Newton, NC 28658.

The McGee family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover, NC.



  • Memorial Service Saturday, September 15, 2018


  • Reception for family and friends

Larry Dean McGee

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Rita Deal

September 12, 2018

Terri and Family,
Mark and I are sending love and many prayers your way. Dean could brighten a room with his smile and compassion. He will certainly be missed. Please know we are here for your dear family.

Cindy Heard

September 12, 2018

Dear Terri, I am so sorry. You and Dean always had a smile and kind words for everyone. He will truly be missed. Prayers for you and your family.

Sherry Clevinger

September 10, 2018

So sorry for your loss! My sister, Vickie Stevens and I grew up with Dean. We have the best memories with him! My mom, Jane Keller sends her condolences as she will miss him coming by to see her! Prayers and thoughts go out to you all!

Carla Hafer

September 8, 2018

Terri, I just heard about Dean's passing. I am so sorry. Your and all the family are in my prayers . Much love and hugs. 🙏🙏🙏 Carla

Nancy Petry

September 8, 2018

So sorry for your loss Terri. My heart breaks for you and your family. You are all in my prayers.

Daniel Price

September 8, 2018

So sorry for the loss of Dean. We been friends since elementary school. We had a bunch of adventures when we were young. He was one of my best buddies. So long old friend. I shouldn't be too far behind ya. RIP DEAN McGEE. You'll be missed by many.

Susan Haugh

September 7, 2018

I’m so sorry to hear about Dean. My thoughts and prayers will be with you during this difficult time.

Susan Haugh

Christie Huffman

September 7, 2018

I’m so sorry to hear of Dean’s passing. My heart just breaks for you and the boys. Dean was a wonderful person and will be dearly missed by all those who knew him. Please know I’m here for y’all if you need anything!
Love to all of you! ❤️

Trudy Sherrill, Gadfield

September 7, 2018

Terri, I send my love and prayers. He always had a smile on his face. He truly loved being around people. I have missed you both so much. I know that God is with you and he will never leave you. Jesus will take care him. Love you...

Cathy Ledbetter-Breault

September 7, 2018

I’m so sorry for your loss...😢