ANDERSON — Willie Alfred McGhee was born July 10, 1938 in St. Louis, Missouri to Willie J. McGhee and Anna P. McGhee. Willie went to be with the Father on March 31, 2014.
Bishop Willie met the love of his life, Delores McCree, and they married May 14, 1961. In 1974 they moved from St. Louis to Anderson, where together they loved and raised nine children.
He was a devoted husband, a loving and caring father and grandfather. During his working career he was employed at Anaconda Wire, Howe Fire Apparatus, and retired from Anderson University.
Willie was called into the ministry at an early age and served God with all his heart for 46 years. He was dedicated to the ministry and shared the gospel at every opportunity that God granted to him.
He founded and was the Pastor of Ark of Deliverance church for 18 years. During those years he preached and mentored countless people. He was well known throughout the city for his service to the Anderson jail ministry, C.I.F and Pendleton Reformatory prison ministries, where he served for over 25 years. Many ministries were birthed out of his leadership and direction. He was very active in the community services.
An honor that was especially humbling for him was when he was asked to pose for the creation of the Martin Luther King statue located at 22nd Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard in Anderson.
Bishop McGhee was preceded in death by his parents, Anna and Willie McGhee; brothers, Frederick and Henry McGhee; sisters, Elaine Beauregard, Marie Wright, and Deborah McGhee; and grandson, Cedric Scott Jr.
He leaves to cherish his memory his devoted and loving wife, Delores McGhee; six sons, Cedric (Debra) Scott, Indianapolis, Gary (Charlotte) McGhee, Anderson, Willie McGhee, Anderson, Fred (Rhonda) McGhee, Anderson, Troy McGhee, Indianapolis, and Eric McGhee (Sharon), Indianapolis; three daughters, Rita (Jim) Sloss, Muncie, Cynthia (John) Jackson, Anderson, and Taffanie Stonewall, Yorktown; 25 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; three sisters, Evelyn (Otis) Hare, Nina (Donald) Carroll, and Patricia Brown; two brothers, Eddie McGhee and Derrick Adams; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Services will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Main Street Church of God, 4211 Main St., Anderson, with the Bishop Warren Williams eulogizing. Interment in Maplewood.
Visitation will take place Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church.
Arrangements entrusted to Glazebrooks Funeral Services.