James “Jimmy” Roland McGee, age 84, passed on March 14, 2021 in Cheverly,
Maryland after a brief illness. He was a longtime resident of Riverdale, Maryland.
He was born on June 28,1936, in Washington DC to Mary Myrtle Mattingly and Joseph
Roy McGee. Soon after his twentieth birthday, Jimmy joined the US Air Force and
dedicated the next 4 ½ years to proudly serving his country as an Airman in the 721st
Radar Squadron, stationed at Willmar AFS in Minnesota. In 1959, during his service, he
was honored with the GCMDL for good conduct. Upon his honorable discharge in 1961,
Jimmy took his skills and valuable military training to become an electrician. He was a
proud, lifelong member of the Local 26 IBEW in Washington DC and lived in the area for
the rest of his life.
He is a beloved Dad to Patricia “Tish” Epling of Riverdale, Maryland and her life-partner
James Steadman. He is also survived by brothers Lawrence “Skip” McGee of Silver
Spring, Maryland and Richard McGee of Phoenix, Arizona. He will also be fondly
remembered by nieces, nephews and extended family. Jimmy was predeceased by his
longtime love and companion of more than three decades, Virginia Epling. He met
Virginia in the prime of his life, introduced at a party by a family member. Virginia joyfully
recounted meeting “the love of her life” when she was fifty years old. The two were
inseparable for the rest of their days. He was a kind and gentle man who will be missed.
Late in 2020, Jimmy moved to Silver Spring to be near his older brother, Skip and enjoy
a small and simple condo with a view from the eighth floor. He was an avid fan of major
league sports, especially baseball and football, always rooting for the home team. He
loved to spend time with Tish and Jim, especially watching movies, football and sharing
Private family visitation will be at Gasch’s Funeral Home in Hyattsville, Maryland.
A small public service and internment will be on Tuesday, April 6 at 11:15 am at
Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery, 11301 Crain Hwy, Cheltenham, MD 20623.
The family would like to thank all the healthcare professionals for their kind and
compassionate care in Jimmy’s final days, especially the incredible team at Prince
George’s Hospital Center. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in
Jimmy’s honor to the American Diabetes Association ( https://diabetes.org/donate ) or the
American Heart Association ( https://www2.heart.org ).
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