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District’s children had a champion

Few people who live outside the South Point School District probably understand the great contribution Gene McKee made to his community and the generations of students who have attended South Point schools.

Friday, August 06, 1999

Few people who live outside the South Point School District probably understand the great contribution Gene McKee made to his community and the generations of students who have attended South Point schools.

Sure, many probably met him and liked him, that part was easy. A hearty hello, a pat on the back and a warm smile – those were his trademarks. He met few strangers.

But without Gene McKee’s strength and his determination to make South Point schools the best they could be, students might not have had nearly the opportunities they enjoy in the schools today.

Mr. McKee and his fellow board members took on a district that was beset by bickering and strife and helped turn it into one of the best in the county.

And they did so as volunteers, because they cared.

School district work was not the only place McKee made a difference. He was also very active in his church and assisted with youth league sports as well.

If it concerned a child’s welfare, Mr. McKee was one of the first to volunteer to help.

That is what made him special.

Over the last few years, Lawrence County has lost a lot of heroes – men and women who have dedicated their lives to making their communities the best they can be.

Their loss has been particularly acute because there don’t seem to be as many people willing to step up to the plate anymore to take their places.

Gene McKee’s death leaves some pretty big shoes to fill in South Point.

We will miss his sense of humor, his warm heart and his dedication to the children of South Point and Lawrence County.

He truly was their champion.