Cephus McGee Jr.
1928 - 2018
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Cephus McGee, Jr.

Elmira - Bishop Cephus McGee, age 90, departed this life unexpectedly at his home on December 16th, 2018. Born in Geridge, Arkansas on August 26, 1928 to the late Reverend Cephus McGee, Sr. and Missionary Beatrice McGee, he was the eldest of 6 children. He was predeceased by his wife of 67 years, Verlene McGee; siblings Jeremiah McGee, Dorothy Ragin, Mable Broughton, and Naomi Wilson. Survivors include his three daughters: Phyllis McGee Fields, Dr. JoAnn McGee, and Michelle McGee, all of Elmira. Survivors also include his grandchildren: Elijah McGee of Elmira, Tiffany Fields of Philadelphia, PA, and Pherin Fields of Baltimore, MD; and great-grandchild, Jayla McGee. In addition, surviving are his brother, George McGee of Las Vegas, NV and brother-in-law Walter Freeman of Buffalo, NY, niece Laura Freeman Chapman (Marcus) and their 3 children of Chicago, IL, and goddaughter Frances Moray Harris of Hoover, AL, as well as a host of nieces and nephews. Bishop McGee received his Bachelor's Degree from Houghton College and a Master and Doctorate Degree from Trinity College and Seminary. He successfully obtained certificates in pastoral clinical training, hospital clinical training, institutional clinical training, as well as having taught in Houghton College's evening school. Bishop McGee began serving at All Saints Home Church of God in Christ (C.O.G.I.C.) in Elmira in 1960. He was officially installed as pastor in 1961 and served until his retirement in 2014. Upon his retirement, Superintendent Kenneth W. Reed was installed as pastor. The New York State Department of Corrections appointed Bishop McGee as Protestant and Senior Chaplain at the Elmira Correctional Facility where he faithfully served for 22 years. He became the first African American appointed as chaplain in New York State. Bishop McGee was officially ordained as Auxiliary Bishop in 2012. Prior to his ordination, he served as executive secretary of the C.O.G.I.C. International Sunday School Department and as a member on the C.O.G.I.C. General Assembly Executive Board as well as a member of the General Assembly Commissioner of Bishops Jurisdictional Extensions. He is a former president of the Corning and Elmira Branch of the N.A.A.C.P. and was a lifetime member. He was also a former president of the Auxiliary of Interdenominational Ministers (A.I.M.) of Elmira. He served on numerous boards and committees in Elmira, Chemung County, and in C.O.G.I.C., local and national. He received numerous awards during his lifetime. Family and friends are invited to visit Faith Temple Community C.O.G.I.C. on the corner of Harper and Sullivan Streets, Elmira, on Saturday, December 22nd from 10 to 11:30 am. His funeral service will begin at 11:30 am. Committal prayers and interment will take place in Woodlawn Cemetery on Monday, December 24th at 9 am. and is open to the public. Walter J. Kent Funeral Home is assisting the family.




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Published in Star-Gazette from Dec. 20 to Dec. 21, 2018.
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January 7, 2019
I will forever be blessed by the teachings and pastorialship of Pastor McGee. So glad that God allowed the McGee's to share in my life and the life of others. May they both rest in heaven. Love and miss them both.
Candice Jones
December 24, 2018
To a good friend of my family for over three generations. Bishop McGee was a true friend and mentor. He will be greatly missed.
Dr. Philip Clemons Jr
December 23, 2018
Daquan Lewis
December 22, 2018
Andrea Murray
December 22, 2018
Andrea Murray
December 22, 2018
All In God's Timing
Andrea Murray
December 22, 2018
Sorry for your loss and he was a loved pastor. Harper' family
Joyce Harper
December 22, 2018
Sending thoughts and prayers to your family . Sorry for your loss. I'm so thankful to have had the opportunity to meet your Dad he will always have a special place in my heart . Please find peace in your wonderful memories of him.
Michelle Knoll
December 22, 2018
Sending thoughts and prayers to your family . Sorry for your loss. I'm so thankful to have had the opportunity to meet your Dad he will always have a special place in my heart . Please find peace in your wonderful memories of him.
Michelle Knoll
December 22, 2018
A New Era has Begun
Andrea Murray
December 22, 2018
His Dream Has Become A Reality
Andrea Murray
December 22, 2018
My buddy My pal My Friend God I hope I meet him again RIP
Udean(dee) Meggs
December 22, 2018
My Buddy My pal My friend God I hope I meet him again RIP LOVE DEI MEGGS
Udean Meggs
December 21, 2018
Elder McGee and the C.O. G. I. C. had a huge positive impact on my character building teenage years. I visited and worked there as a janitor after school and I am so Blessed to be a part of his sphere of influence...My prayers go out to the family. Rest in Glory Sir!
Bryan Shepard
December 21, 2018
Pam, Joanne, Michelle and family - please accept my sincere condolences. Elder McGee (as I always called him no disrespect to his official title of Bishop) was one of a kind he along with your mom were 2 of the sweetest people I have ever known. My sister Netta and I spent many weekends at your home as children - times and memories I will forever cherish. He blessed both of my children Rob & Rashaan Rollins, he performed my wedding, performed my mom's wedding and her funeral he was my counselor and a surrogate father. I will never forget him or Mother McGee even though I had not seen them in years they were still dear to my heart. Much love to you all, I pray that God will grant you all peace and comfort during this difficult time and in the days ahead. Rest on in the arms of our Lord and Savour Jesus the Christ Bishop you have done a great work down here now join you loving wife in everlasting life.
AnnaLisa (Lisa) Rollins - Condon
December 21, 2018
To the McGee family, our deepest condolences for the passing of true gentleman!!! I had the pleasure of working with him for many years!! He always had a good word for everyone he saw!! He will be missed everyday . May we all keep his spirit alive by following his shining example!
Edward Denkenberger
December 21, 2018
My prayers and thoughts go out to Rev.McGee's family.May they find peace and comfort in the Lord.
Bette Covell
December 21, 2018
To the Entire McGee Family:
We are saddened to read of Rev. McGee's passing. What a wonderful man! How proud you must be of him. Now he shares his being with your beautiful mom.
It was my pleasure to serve with the Rev. for most of his 22 years at ECF. As Sr. Counselor at the facility I interacted with him on a daily basis. Always an experience to say the least. We shared jokes, had differences and common grounds.I always had the utmost respect for him.
It is with a sad heart that we write this note because gone now is his cheerful smile and gigantic wave. As a good man he will Rest In Peace.
Rich and Mary Jane Cerio
December 21, 2018
My deepest condolences to the family and all who knew and loved him. He will be greatly missed.
Theresa Vaughn
December 21, 2018
To the McGee family, may Cepheus Rest-In-Peace!! I had the pleasure of working with Reverend McGee at ECF. He was a pleasant and gentle man. A man of conviction and a true man of God!! My prayers are with him and his family.
Floyd Bennett
December 20, 2018
Andrea Murray
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Andrea Murray
December 20, 2018
MAY YOU REST IN PEACE SIR.....A GREAT MAN AND FRIEND.....GO JOIN YOUR LOVED ONES WHO DEPARTED BEFORE YOU. YOU GONE; BUT NEVER WILL YOU BE FORGOTTEN......
MICHAEL WOYCHAK
December 20, 2018
Sending condolences to the McGee family along with everyone this gentleman has touched thru his amazing ability to speak & teach. I will always remember his powerful , yet graceful way of getting one's attention , along with making his lesson being taught , able to be applied to our everyday lives. Many Blessings to continue to all who knew this amazing man. Special hugs to all as memories are shared , easing the pain of this loss ,until everyone meets up again.
Kathy B
December 20, 2018
Phyllis I'm sorry for your loss. Your father was an exceptional man. May God be with you and your family during this time of loss.
Cathy (Matteson) Schillings
December 20, 2018
Sandi Rollins
December 20, 2018
McGee Family, So sorry to hear of Cephus's passing. I worked with him on the HILL and he was a very fair person. We know that he is with JESUS and walking proud. God bless you all.
Richard Hewitt
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