McGee and DC shown together in historical photo

Published on Thursday, November 19, 2015

"I took the pictures and developed the negatives in 1977, but never printed them until a few years ago when I was going through some old boxes of darkroom stuff. I held the negatives up to the light and said 'Oh my goodness, that's DC and McGee.'” 

– Perry Williams


"A society is ultimately judged by how it treats its weakest and most vulnerable members."

By Perry Williams 

In the 1970's McGee (he was always known only as McGee back then) was inseparable from his constant companion DC Townsend. They probably spent more time at Greer High School than I did and McGee was and still is a sports team’s (any sports team) biggest fan.

McGee has an uncanny ability to show up anytime and almost every time that something is going on. He has attended more grand openings and ribbon cuttings than anyone that I know.

When the great Fire Chief Chris Harvey retired, it was said that he was like the Unofficial Mayor of Greer. I told Rick Danner that I thought a lot of Chief Harvey, but always considered McGee to be the Unofficial Mayor. Rick said that he thought McGee could be elected the Official Mayor if he wanted the position and that he was glad that he chose not to run.

I remember McGee always impeccably dressed, often sporting a necktie and creases in his trousers.

A lady from out of town once asked me about a nice fellow that helped her park her car on Trade Street. I had seen Reno Deaton down there that morning and I explained that she was assisted by Reno, our Director of Economic Development. She laughed and laughed. A little later, I realized that it was McGee that was helping park cars that morning.

Our city's loss is Clinton's gain. McGee will be dearly missed.








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