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Norman McKee Sr.

December 22, 1932 ~ December 31, 2020 (age 88)


Norman Edwin McKee, Sr. (“Norm”)

December 22, 1932-December 31, 2020

Norman Edwin McKee, Sr. of Cumming, GA passed away on December 31, 2020. He was 88 years old. Norman was born in Atlanta Georgia, and was a graduate of Ellijay High School. He served his country with distinction as a corporal in the United States Marine Corps from 1951 to 1953 in the Korean War. Upon his return from service, Norman spent over forty years as a tool and die maker at the Amarlite division of Anaconda Aluminum and at Cherokee Metals. He married Ethel Mae Martin of Dunwoody, Georgia, in 1956, and became a proud lifetime member of Dunwoody United Methodist Church and the Interpreters Sunday School Class. He was involved in building the first parsonage at the church, and participated in the church softball league. 

Norman was a great athlete, and enjoyed playing sports and coaching. He was a baseball coach for several years at Murphey Candler Little League in Brookhaven, and coached football in Floyd County. After recovering from a stroke in in 2002, he became involved in the Georgia State Golf Association’s Adaptive Golf Program, where he taught mobility and cognitively challenged youth and adults how to use the specialized equipment that would enable them to enhance their lives through the enjoyment of golf. 

After retirement, Norman enjoyed reading, watching western movies, taking day trips in his beloved North Georgia mountains, and playing golf with family and friends.  He especially loved Roy Rogers movies, and was nicknamed “Uncle Roy” by his nieces and nephews.  He was a lifelong Georgia Tech fan. One of his greatest joys was being a beloved PaPa to his two grandchildren, Lauren and Rick. 

Norman is preceded in death by his wife, Ethel; his father, Joseph McKee; his mother, Bessie Parker; and his siblings; Frank, Frances, Bill, and Joyce. He is survived by his loving family: Nancy McKee Van Patten and her husband, Fred, of Cumming, GA; his son, Norman Edwin (Eddie) McKee, Jr., of Atlanta; his grandchildren, Lauren Van Patten Fields and her husband Cody of Madison, AL, and grandson Rick Van Patten of Denver, CO. He was also a proud great-grandfather to Miller Warren Fields. 

“Happy Trails to you, until we meet again.”

There are no services scheduled as of this time. If you would like to remember Norman via donation, please give to the Georgia State Golf Association, c/o Adaptive Golf Department, 2205 Northside Drive, NW, Atlanta GA 30305, or to Dunwoody United Methodist Church at

Condolences may be expressed at

Arrangements by McDonald and Son Funeral Home, 150 Sawnee

Drive, Cumming, GA 30040 (770) 886.9899


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