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Obituary for The Reverend Dr. Daniel Deupree McKee, II.
The Reverend Dr. Daniel Deupree McKee, II, 71, died Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at home surrounded by his family. A Requiem Eucharist will be celebrated at 3:00 p.m. Friday, January 6, 2017 at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral followed by a reception in the parish hall. Dan was born on May 16, 1945, in Vicksburg, the son of the late William Wells McKee and Helen Priestly McKee. A 1963 graduate of Clarksdale High School, he continued his education at Millsaps College, attending on a tennis scholarship. During his time at Millsaps, he was a member of Kappa Alpha fraternity. In 1967, Dan earned his Bachelor of Arts. Following graduation, Dan began his studies at the School of Theology,in Sewanee, TN, studying abroad in Edinburgh, Scotland for a year. In 1971, he earned his Master of Divinity and in 1990 he earned his Doctor of Ministry.
Dan was ordained in the Diaconate on June 20, 1971 at St. George’s Episcopal Church in Clarksdale and to the priesthood May 27, 1972 at the Chapel of the Holy Family at Camp Bratton Green. Reverend McKee’s first church was St. Thomas Episcopal Church and All Saints Episcopal Church in Inverness. Here he met the love of his life, his wife of 43 years, Diane. Reverend McKee served at St. Christopher’s in Jackson, St. Mary’s in Lexington and St. Paul’s in Newport, AR. Reverend McKee was called to serve as the Canon to the Ordinary for the Diocese of Arkansas, a position he served for 9 years. After serving on a diocesan level, he served as an interim rector at Nativity Episcopal Church in Huntsville, AL. He returned to Little Rock, serving as the Sub Dean at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. Reverend McKee retired in 2010 to Madison, MS, to be closer to family. Reverend McKee was currently serving as the Priest in Charge at Holy Trinity in Crystal Springs as well as other Episcopal churches as a supply priest. Reverend McKee enjoyed Special Sessions at Camp Bratton Green and Camp Mitchell and served as director for many years. He also enjoyed fishing and hunting. Survivors include: wife of 43 years, Diane Tolbert McKee of Madison; daughter, Helen McKee of North Little Rock, AR; daughter, Katharine McKee Surkin (Joe) of Madison; grandchildren, Adam Surkin (Leian) of Pelahatchie; Mary Kate Surkin of Madison; Joseph Surkin of Madison; great grandchildren, Shelby Surkin and Evelyn Deupree Surkin of Pelahatchie; brother, William McKee (Milinda) of Houston, TX. Memorials may be made to Camp Bratton Green, 1530 Way Road, Canton, MS 39046 or St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 301 Hazel Street, Newport, AR 72112.