Gerald “Jerry” Morrison McGee, Sr., of 33 Camden Causeway, Elizabeth City, NC died Sunday, January 6, 2019 at Sentara Albemarle Medical Center. Born December 1, 1938 in Washington, D.C., he was the son of the late Hubert McGee Sr. and Jean Morrison McGee and was the husband of Patsy Rochelle McGee.
Jerry graduated from Elizabeth City High School in 1956 and headed off to Duke University with his twin brother, Mike, to play football. Jerry was a member of Kappa Alpha fraternity. After graduation in 1961, Jerry turned his attention to coaching. He began in Roanoke, VA with his older brother, Jim. He then became head coach at John A. Holmes High School where they had undefeated seasons in 1964 and 1965 and back to back North Carolina State Championships those years. He had several stops as a college football assistant coach at Kansas State and Southern Illinois. In 1970, Jerry reunited with his brother, Mike, to coach at East Carolina University. The brothers returned to Duke to coach from 1971 to 1975 where Jerry was Defensive Coordinator. In 1976, Jerry and Patsy left Duke and the demands of college coaching, and returned to Elizabeth City, NC with their four children. Jerry coached at Northeastern High School and was the Athletic Director. Despite all his success as a football coach, Jerry was most proud of his work as a high school Athletic Director and advancing their profession. He was the Executive Director of the North Carolina High School Athletic Director’s Association for 25 years. Jerry started the national athletic director’s organization, the NEDC. Jerry’s work has been recognized with many honors including induction into the following Halls of Fame: NFHSS, NIAAA, NCADA, NCHSAA and North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame. He was presented The Order of the Long Leaf Pine, North Carolina’s highest civilian honor, by the Governor of North Carolina in 1999.
Jerry loved and was loved by his players, teammates and fellow administrators. As important as these relationships were, Jerry was even more passionate about “the kids”, which drove his work of athletics administration at the high school level regionally and nationally. But nothing was as important to Jerry as his family. He was happiest when his children and grandchildren were all home with him and Patsy; and the highlight of each year was everyone gathering at the Outer Banks each summer.
In addition to Patsy, his wife of fifty-seven years, Jerry is survived by his daughters, Michele McGee Wolfert (Mike) of Winston-Salem, NC and Patricia McGee Essex (Rey) of Greenville, SC; his sons, Gerald “Jerry” Morrison McGee, Jr. (Alden) of Jacksonville, FL and Christopher Michael McGee (Celina) of Sanford, NC; eleven grandchildren, Jack McGee, Miles McGee, Michael Wolfert, Amanda Wolfert, Mary Cathryn Wolfert, Laura Essex, Clare Essex, Will Essex, Ben Essex, Olivia McGee and Brandt McGee; brothers, Hubert “Jim” McGee, Jr. (Bev) of Elizabeth City, NC and Michael Burnett McGee (Ginger) of Montrose, CO; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, Edward Andrew McGee. The family extends a special thanks for the loving care of Janice Dance and Lance Trafton.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at Christ Episcopal Church with Father Chip Broadfoot officiating. The family will receive friends following the service in the Parish Hall of the church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Jerry McGee Endowment Scholarship Fund, NCHSAA, PO Box 3216, Chapel Hill, NC 27515 or NCHSAA.org. Twiford Funeral Home, 405 E. Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC is assisting the McGee family. Online memorial condolences may be sent to the family at www.TwifordFH.com.
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