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Community grieves at death of Pat McPhee

CROSBY – This community and Highlands were stunned by the sudden death of a leading citizen and churchman, Pat McPhee, Sunday morning. McPhee suffered a heart attack at his home. He was 54 years old.

McPhee and his wife Barbara had just attended the Rotary Chili Feast on Saturday, enjoying the day with his fellow Rotarians. They were preparing for church Sunday morning at Crosby Baptist, when the unexpected attack occured.

McPhee was a representative of the Edward Jones Investment firm, with many friends and clients throughout the area. His intelligence, quiet demeanor, self assuredness and quick wit made many friends. He was active in Crosby Baptist Church, the Crosby/Huffman Chamber, the YMCA, and Highlands Rotary.

In 2004 he had been chosen Citizen of the Year by the Star-Courier.

Chamber President Nancy Oliver stated that “Pat McPhee will be missed at the Chamber; he definitely had a positive impact on our communities. In today’s sometimes jaded world, it was inspiring to meet someone with such an enthusiastic view of life and a readiness to convey his convictions to others.”

The official obituary follows:

Patrick (Pat) William McPhee met his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, face to face on Sunday, February 6, 2005 in Crosby, TX. Pat was born to Marcella Irene (O’Leary) McPhee and Robert Angus McPhee on March 13, 1950 in Detroit, Michigan. Pat was an active member of First Baptist Church, Crosby. Dedicated leader of the AWANAs Youth Program.

Teacher and mentor for young co-ed adult bible classes, by-laws committee of the church, and member Crosby Chamber of Commerce. He was a member of Highlands Rotary, Star-Courier Citizen of the Year, Crosby, TX 2004 and board member of the
YMCA.

Pat graduated from George C. Shafter High School, Southgate, Michigan in 1968 where he was a member of the Downriver District Football Championship. Pat attended Northern Michigan University, graduated from Detroit Business Institute with a Marketing Degree. Pat was an Investment Representative for Edward Jones Investments, Crosby, TX.

Pat was preceded in death by mother, Marcella Irene (O’Leary) McPhee. He is survived by his loving wife of 33 years, Barbara Elaine (Musick) McPhee, daughter, Mikele (Mikey) Kathleen (McPhee) Johnson, son-in-law, Richard Lee Johnson II, father Robert Angus McPhee Jr. and stepmother Dorothy McPhee, brother, Robert Angus mcPhee III and wife Gail of Plymouth Township, Mi, sister, Pamela McPhee and Mar Thorne of West Branch, MI, sister Carol Diem and husband Dave of Fenton, MI, brother Michael McPhee and wife Lori of Coppell, TX and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

With a contagious sense of humor and quick wit, Pat never met a stranger. He could recall names and details of every life he touched. His gift of encouragement towards both young and old has touched many people’s lives. He was proud of his wife and daugher. Especially the singing talent of his wife and how he was so looking forward to his new granddaughter, Camille Elaine Johnson.

Visitation was held at Sterling White Chapel on Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral services were Wednesday, February 9, 2005 at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Crosby. Internment at White Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family requests that donations be made to the First Baptist Church of Crosby Building Fund, 281-328-2564.

His favorite scripture was Psalms 91:1 “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.” Services are under the direction of Sterling White Chaptel Highlands. 281-426-3555.