Surrounded by his loving family, Richard Leslie McBee, age 67, went to be with the Lord on January 18, 2013, at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, MO. Richard was born in Harrison, AR., to James and Avo (Farmer) McBee on October 14, 1945. He met his high school sweetheart, wife, Patsy (Ryan) McBee at the young age of 14, and then married her at the age of 19, spending the next 48 years with the love of his life.
He is survived by his loving wife Patsy of the home; four sons and daughters in-law Steve and Missy McBee, Dickie and Serena McBee, Jim and Kelly McBee, and John and Ginger McBee all of Harrison; a brother and sister in-law Mike and Anna Jane McBee of Harrison; a sister and brother in-law Shirley and Bob Campbell of St. Louis, MO.; 9 grandchildren; Kalie, Kendall, Allie, Stephanie, Haley, Kody, Aaron, Shawn, and Katelyn McBee all of Harrison; niece Cherie and Mike Checksfield; nephews Jeff and Tammy Campbell, Joe and Julie Campbell of St. Louis, MO; David McBee and Rob McBee of Harrison, and his dog Max.
He loved fishing and spent many summers camping with his family. Richard also found joy working on the family farm. He was skilled in woodworking and made many cherished family heirlooms. The love for his family was his motivation in how he lived his life.
He was a lifelong and beloved member of the community and is a member of the CrossRoads Community Church. His career was in banking and had retired from Community First Bank in 2010. He also worked many years with Security Bank and Regions Bank. Richard was a man of integrity, trustworthy and honesty. He was respectful of others and spoke kindly to everyone. He was a giving and responsible man that cared very deeply for his family and loved his Lord and Savior.
\"Richard\" means brave and powerful. He certainly was brave thru his battle with cancer. His life was bathed with God\'s mercy and grace. The power of his influence is weaved throughout the McBee legacy of love. The family vows to remain \"McBee Strong\" as the foundation he laid, is rooted in his faith in God.
The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against the house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. (Matthew 7:25)
A celebration of his life will be held at CrossRoads Community Church for both visitation and funeral services. Visitation service will be on Tuesday, January 22nd, from 6pm-8pm and funeral service on Wednesday, January 23rd, at 10:00 a.m., with Bro. Mark Enloe officiating. Interment will be at Maplewood Cemetery under the direction of Roller-Christeson Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be his sons Steve, Dickie, Jim, John, and nephews Rob McBee and Jeff Campbell. Honorary pallbearers include the Oncology Group at Mercy Hospital.