Calvin Gee, born August 10, 1923, was the first of Narville and Willa Nell Smith Gee’s six children. The grandson of a Baptist minister, he loved God all his life. He was also a farm boy, who was called to serve in World War II. In June of 1944, he enlisted in the United States Army as a replacement soldier. As a rifleman in the Campaigns of the Northern Apennines and the Po Valley, Calvin landed in Naples and fought up the length of Italy and was an MP after the war in Europe was over. After receiving two Bronze Stars, Calvin was honorably discharged on July 8, 1946, although he continued to serve in the Georgia Army National Guard for 38 years, retiring in August of 1983 as a Master Sergeant. We remember him always praying for young people serving their country far away from home.
Calvin married Hazel Dean Fowler on August 6, 1950, at the Baptist church in Pendergrass. Along with others of “the greatest generation,” he set about building the infrastructure of a modern America. He became an electrician and moved his young family to Florida for a short period of time, but returned home to Pendergrass. In 1965, he, Hazel, and their two children moved to Snellville, GA, where they lived for 35 years. He worked at Walton EMC, retiring as a foreman in 1995.
Calvin’s was a life of service. For over 30 years, he was a faithful member of First Baptist Church in Snellville, where he was a Deacon, was responsible for the church’s benevolent activities, and was an integral part of the Nominating Committee. He also served 35 years in the Lions Club in Jefferson and Snellville, and 60 years as a Mason in Jefferson and Snellville. He was a member of the VFW and the American Legion. He leaves us an example of kindness, service, unselfishness, and loving faithfulness to God and family.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Ginger; and his brothers, Junior and Kinney. He is survived by his wife, Hazel, ; one daughter, Deborah Langley, and her husband, Richard, of Jefferson; one son, Jeff Gee, and his wife, Karen Richardson Gee, of Kingwood, Texas; four grandsons, Greg Logan, Atlanta, Andy Logan and his wife, Mandi, Loganville, Samuel Gee and David Gee, both of Kingwood, Texas; two great-granddaughters, Shelby and Anslee Logan, Loganville; sisters, Deanie Richardson, Hoschton, and Alma Fulbright, Carnesville.
He went to be with the Lord he loved on December 9, 2010.