Pastor Jeffrey Edward Gee, 64, of Carterville, passed away Tuesday, February 21, 2023, at Herrin Hospital.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 1, 2023, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with Pastors Ken Sharp and Andy Gillespie officiating. Burial will be in Willowrest Cemetery (at the South end) in Carterville. Visitation will begin at 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 28, 2023, at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions can be made to the family.
Jeffrey was born September 2, 1958, in Carbondale, to Harold Edward and Joanna Mae (Duncan) Gee. He married Pamela Kay Jackson on June 23, 1975, in Jackson, Missouri.
He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Pamela Gee of Carterville; son, Joseph Duncan Gee of Carterville; daughter, Michelle Renee Stanley (fiancé, David Pettit); granddaughters, Kaitlyn Stanley and Kailey Renee Gee; siblings, Leanne (Ron) Thompson, Ileen Jarvis, Tina (Ricky Ditterline) Benefield, Terri (Tom) Harrison, Tommie (Stephanie) Gee, and Nancy (Greg) Smith; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and great great-nieces and nephews; beloved dog, Copper; and a host of friends.
Jeffrey was preceded in death by his parents; two nephews; a great niece; and a great nephew; and his cherished dog of over 17 years, Shadow.
He retired from Fabick, Inc. after more than 20 years of service.
Jeffrey served his communities and numerous others in countless ways over the years. He has been pastoring to many for over 40 years- from volunteering with various ministries in the area to serving as a youth minister. Jeffrey was a founder and board member of Herrin House of Hope; volunteer with Celebrate Recovery; member of the Carterville Lions Club; founder of the Williamson County 4-H Hands of Help; volunteer with Lutheran Social Services and Marion Extension Center; and member of the Blue Heron Marina. Jeffrey was the founder and owner of Bicycle Resurrection, which provided a bicycle ministry to folks who couldn’t afford transportation. As of December 2022, over 2,000 bicycles have been given away.
He enjoyed fishing, mushroom hunting, scrapping metal, and cheering on his beloved Cubbies. Jeffrey loved spending time with his family and friends, serving the community, and pursuing new degrees to expand his knowledge on how to help others.
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