Louis Edward "PeeWee" McGee was born November 3, 1950, in Neodesha, Kansas, to Mr. and Mrs. Leo Edward "Fibber" McGee of Stilwell. His mother was the former Jewell Cagle. Louis died March 16, 2019, in Tulsa after a brief illness.
He was raised in Baron, but traveled to all 48 states in the continental US during his childhood with his father working on pipelines. He attended Baron School until the 8th grade and then attended Westville High School until his senior year when he transferred to Stilwell High School to fulfill a lifetime goal to play football for head coach Joe White and his brother, Jim McGee.
While at Stilwell, Louis played offensive and defensive tackle, He received District 7A All-Conference Tackle as well as Outstanding Offensive Lineman honors. Louis was selected by the Tulsa World and The Daily Oklahoman for the North's 1967 All-State squad and participated in the 31st annual Shriners Oil Bowl Classic. He was highly recruited by all the area's major colleges. He chose the University of Tulsa after a visit from legendary head coach and athletic director, Glenn Dobbs, along with assistant coach, Francis Wheeler, who offered him a full four-year scholarship. McGee's final high school recognition came in the year 2000 when he was selected to the Muskogee Phoenix All-Century Football team. The most memorable moment of his collegiate career came in 1971 when the Golden Hurricane defeated the seventh-ranked Arkansas Razorbacks. Louis played a major role in the victory and enjoyed reliving the offensive play that led to the winning touchdown.
While at the University of Tulsa, Louis met the love of his life, Melinda Joyce Cooper. He wooed her with his charming smile, bulging muscles and fast Super Bee. They were married May 30, 1970, in Freeport, Texas.
After graduating from the University of Tulsa with a B.S. in Special Education, Louis began coaching while also playing semi-pro football in Houston and became a free agent for the Houston Oilers where he swore to his last day that they cut the wrong McGee.
His teaching and coaching career included Hartman Junior High in Houston, TX, Clear Lake Intermediate School in Clear Lake, TX, Charles Page High School in Sand Springs, OK, Jay High School in Jay, OK, and in 1978, returned to Stilwell High School as head track coach and assistant football coach before becoming Head Football Coach and Athletic Director in 1980. He hung up his coaching hat for full-time teaching and administration prior to retiring from Oklahoma. Louis then spent eight years as a classroom teacher and administrator with the Prairie Grove School District in Prairie Grove, AR.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting, golfing, and spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was proud of his Cherokee heritage and instilled that same pride in his children. He and Melinda lived in the Piney Community near Stilwell for over 30 years. They enjoyed traveling and "picking" antiques and collectibles together.
He is survived by his wife of almost 49 years, and two daughters: Jeana McGee (Junior Maxey) of Stilwell, and Dr. Celesta White (Dr. Bryan White) of Katy, TX; four grandchildren: Aarontasia McGee of Stilwell, Jalisa Dundy of Milwaukee, WI, and Kaeli and Avery White of Katy, TX; two great grandchildren: Ariana and August; and his half brother Jim McGee and wife Betty of Stilwell. Several nieces, nephews, friends and other relatives also survive him.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorial donations be made to Stilwell Publick School Foundation, P.O. Box 185, Stilwell, OK 74960
Melinda, I am so sorry to hear about Mr. McGee! I enjoyed our years working together in Alt Ed and st SMS. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. I'm not in Stilwell and haven't been since my stroke in 2015. I'm now residing in Van Buren. Take care of yourself sweet lady.
Katie O'NealStilwell, OK
Sure do miss you dad. I love you and ways will
Jeana McgeeStilwell, OK
May God bring peace to you and all of your family. I am profoundly sorry for your loss. You all will be in my prayers. May your memories bring you comfort.
Mary Jane HendersonCottage Grove, OR
Many fond memories of Pee Wee and a few less fond. He and Alice Sue and me were on his horse bareback when the horse suddenly stopped and we all fell off. Broke my humorous bone close to the shoulder. We later bought the house the McGees lived in at Baron. Great times at the Bridge swimming.
Kathy Blackwood HolcroftPryor, OK
PeeWee was so amazing,. In fact when I was a little girl I would have sworn he was 10 ft tall and bullet proof
Laurie PettitSapulpa, OK
Rembering many laughs and great times with you two at OSSM parent meetings. Wishing Celesta and family courage and strength in coming days.
Rogene and Pete MahoneySand Springs, OK
My Condolences, he was an awesome man, I have a lot of good memories of him. Many prayers for you Melinda!!!
Cody JohnsonWestville, OK
So sorry for your loss. Have a lot of fond memories of Pee Wee and growing up in the Piney community. Will keep you in my prayers.
Helen Faddis ChadwellPrairie Grove, AR
You are in my heart and my prayers. May your sweet memories sustain you and give you peace.
Judy BarnhillFranklin, TN
I am so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with all of you. And God Bless you all.
I remember playing with Peewee when we were little at Jewel and Fibers house. My grandpa was Archie Cagle.
Sharon Cagle OwenStephenville, TX
Thinking of you and your family
Doris GunningCordell, OK
Melinda, our heartfelt condolences in this time of loss. Our son Matthew credits Louis as the primary influence that kept him attending alternative education and allowed him to complete his high school education. For that we will always be grateful.
Ralph and Teresa KeenStilwell, OK
Sorry for your loss Melinda, I know the hurt you are feeling. Prayers for you and family in these difficult days to come!
Jack HanlinStilwell, OK
I'm so very sorry for your loss. Louis left a huge impression on so many during his time as a teacher/admin. Praying for the family during this difficult time.
Alyson MotenBixby, OK
Sorry for your loss. Prayers with you and your family.
Misty (Winkler) HollowayStilwell, OK
Rest in Peace old friend see you in heaven.
Jay YawsSand Springs, Ok, OK
Melinda, Thinking of you and praying for you and your family during this difficult time. Ann Malpass
Ann MalpassCayce, SC
Sorry for your loss.
Candy WestMuskogee, OK
Praying for you all right now.
Nikki (Knight) EdwardsSand Springs, OK
Sorry for your loss. Spent many happy childhood experiences with PeeWee and his family. Their home was always a favorite gathering place for kids of the community.
Virner Ray DuncanPipecreek, TX
My prayers are with you Melinda, Jeana, and Celesta. Louis touched the lives of many students and teachers. He will be warmly remembered by us.
Donna GoodwinCatoosa, OK
We may not have always gotten along when I was a freshman in high school but we did get along as time went on. I'm sad to see you go. R.I.P. Mr. McGee.
Cassie WinklerStilwell, OK
I will always remember him as my vice principal. He was a good man. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Live on in his memory for those will comfort you in your time of grief.
Paula FOLSUMTAHLEQUAH, OK
So very sorry.
Ernie and Ellen WorkmanStilwell, OK
Louis was such a great guy. James enjoyed his years working with him at Stilwell H.S. His love for Melinda ,
Jeana, Celeste and grandchildren was so very obvious
Love and prayers to each of you..
James and Judy CavinStilwell, OK
Sending our condolences from the Tim Barton family. Well respected man and a pleasure to work for. Praying for comfort and peace for the family.
Regina BartonStilwell, OK
Rest In Peace Mr. McGee, May God comfort your family in the days to come. My History teacher, my vice principal at Stilwell High, rest easy 💛
Elizabeth Hayes (Liz Ross)Tuskegee, AL
Heather RobisonSpiro, OK
Louis loved big! He loved life and teaching, but most of all he loved his family! I’m so glad I had the privilege of knowing him. He will be missed big!
Kandi NewbyStilwell, OK
He was a good Man sending prayers and thoughts
Leonard JohnsonWestville, OK
Sorry for your loss. He was a remeberable teacher, one of the few.
K. Charline Pinkerton EssaryStilwell, OK