Franklin Delano McKee, age 90, of Hermitage, Tennessee, passed away on Saturday, July 29th, 2023.
He is preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Faye Wall McKee; parents, Garvey and Loron Carson McKee; sisters, Mary Francis Crain and Margaret Kieffer; brothers, Alvin Murphey McKee and James Garvey McKee.
He is survived by sisters-in-law; Weibena Hackett McKee and Sylvia Wall (Richard) Williams; cousins, Glenn and Paul Carson and numerous loving nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, and his loving pet “Bubba”.
Frank retired as a County Government Consultant with the University of Tennessee County Technical Assistance Service.
He was a Gordonsville High School graduate and a former golden glove boxer in Smith County. Frank graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Master’s degree in Planning and was an avid University of Tennessee sports fan throughout his life.
He was a United States Army Veteran, serving from 1953 to 1962. During his service, he was assigned to US Army OM Europe-Occupation Germany and was stationed at the Head Quarters U.S. Army QM Mortuary System in Frankfort, Germany.
His life was dedicated to public service, which is reflected in numerous recognitions bestowed upon him. Some of those include: Dedicated Service Award 1993-94 Tennessee River Valley Association, 1993 University of Tennessee Award of Merit for dedicated service, 1993 U.T. Institute for Public Service Award of Excellence, 2005 U.T Institute for Public Service Team Commitment Award for Economic Development Initiative and the 2007 Maynard Pate Regional Leadership Award presented by the Greater Nashville Regional Council.
Earlier this year, as he approached his 90th birthday, he was honored once again. This time, it was a Joint Resolution of the Tennessee Senate and House of Representatives which acknowledges a lifetime of service to his beloved state of Tennessee through his successful efforts to better its cities and counties for improving the lives of all its citizens.
Honoring his request for cremation, visitation will be held at Partlow Funeral Chapel (233 West Main St. Lebanon, TN) on Monday, August 14, 2023 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. A Tribute Service is scheduled for 11:30 am followed by a Military Honors Service at Bethlehem Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Wilson County Veterans Museum (228 E. Main St., Lebanon, TN 37087) in memory of Mr. Frank McKee.
PARTLOW FUNERAL CHAPEL in care of arrangements.
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