Arthur Reid McGee

October 19, 1938August 2, 2018

Arthur Reid McGee was born in Jamestown, Kentucky on October 19, 1938 and died in Jackson, Mississippi on August 2, 2018 at age 79 after a lengthy battle with Parkinson’s disease. Reid grew up in and around New Albany, Indiana and graduated in 1956 from New Albany High School. He attended the University of Louisville, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics in 1963. After a short stint with the City of Louisville Planning and Zoning Commission, Reid went to work for AT&T in Louisville, KY. In 1961, he married Elizabeth Ann (“Libby”) Davis with whom he had three daughters. Reid spent his entire 30+ year career working within the Bell System. His career with the phone company took the family from Kentucky to Georgia, Florida and ultimately in 1972 to Jackson, Mississippi where he settled, raised his family and eventually retired. After retirement, he indulged his life-long passion for reading by working part-time at Books-A-Million and Lemuria. Reid was a longtime member of Northminster Baptist Church in Jackson, Mississippi. He was an avid reader, and at various times in his life, he was an avid tennis player, cycler and photographer. He loved basketball and all things related to the Louisville Cardinals and the Ole Miss Rebels, the university from which all three of his daughters and several of his grandchildren graduated. He was preceded in death by his sister Patsy Webb Bain, his brothers-in-law Bud Webb, Dick Bain, Kenny Fulkerson and Kenny Meyer, his sister-in-law Elaine Fulkerson and his nephew Danny Webb. He is survived by his wife of 57 years Libby; daughter Susan McGee Smith (William) of Jackson, Mississippi; daughter Stephanie McGee Rippee (Brian) of Jackson, Mississippi; daughter Starr McGee Griffin (Bob) of Meridian, Mississippi; and ten grandchildren who were his greatest joy in life: Laura Lee Ross Smith Beneke (Sonny), William Clifton (“Wic”) Smith IV, Ainsley James Smith, Forrest Graham Smith, Brian Scott Rippee, Jr., Davis Bond Rippee, Walker Reid Rippee, McKenzie Leigh Griffin, Madeline Faith Griffin and Rebecca Reid Griffin. He is also survived by his sister Mary Ann Meyer, his brothers Sam McGee and Walter McGee (Pat), and nieces and nephews Kurt Meyer, Kyle Meyer, Debbie Hubbard, Cathy Gorrasi, and Todd McGee. The family would like to thank all of Reid’s health care providers for the excellent medical care he received during his lengthy illness, especially Dr. Bart Delashmet, his primary care physician for more than 30 years. Visitation will be held Monday, August 6 at Northminster Baptist Church from 10 am to 12 pm. The funeral service will follow at 12 pm at the church with Dr. Charles E. Poole officiating. Inurnment at the Northminster Columbarium will immediately follow the service. The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to Northminster Baptist Church, 3955 Ridgewood Road, Jackson, MS 39211 or to the Michael J. Fox Foundation, P.O. Box 5014 Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014,


  • Visitation Monday, August 6, 2018
  • Memorial Service Monday, August 6, 2018

Arthur Reid McGee

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