Mr. Glenn Richard McAfee, 85, of Americus, passed away, Friday, March 3, 2023, at Phoebe Sumter Medical Center.
McAfee was born Dec. 3, 1937, in Madison County, Ga. He was the son of the late Claude Glenn McAfee and the late Reba Mae Landers McAfee. Mr. McAfee grew up “in the country,” as he and his brothers and sisters helped their father, a farm manager, oversee several Sumter County farms. As a young man, he worked at Redman Industries and Champion Mobile Homes, and also at K & L Furniture, before becoming a policeman with the Americus Police Department. His law enforcement years were years of turbulence in Americus, but he served his city proudly and courageously in the early 1960s. All of these places of employment led him to the final spot on his career path: International Minerals and Chemicals, where he worked hard as a maintenance foreman for 35 years, before retiring in 2000.
Mr. McAfee served 22 years of service in the National Guard. He was a member of American Legion Post 2 in Americus. He served his church faithfully, raising his family at Americus’ First Assembly of God Church, where his family had been involved during his own youth. He handled many responsibilities during all those years. In 1965, he started the local Royal Ranger program, taking countless young boys “under his wing”, teaching them the Word of God, outdoor skills and how to be a man, all while camping in places as close as the backyard of the church or Lake Blackshear, and as far away as the Colorado mountains. He was an usher, the Sunday School superintendent and a deacon, all while being the director of the bus ministry. On Saturday mornings he’d dress up as a clown, as he and others would go into various neighborhoods handing out candy and inviting people to church. Then on Sunday mornings he would be at the church early, to make sure the buses had full tanks and were ready to pick up people for service. Mr. McAfee loved to garden and keep the outside looking nice. Many weekends he would mow his lawn, the church lawn and the pastor’s lawn. He truly admired John Wayne and had all of his movies memorized. Mention “Big Richard” or “Big Mac” to anyone in this town, and they will have nothing but the finest of things to say. He would give and give to others, and never want anyone to know about it. Integrity? That’s who he was. He loved God, and he remained faithful to Him all his days.
Mr. McAfee was a member of Life Point Church in Americus. He is survived by his wife, Patsy Watkins McAfee. Two daughters and sons-in-law: Sharon and Noel Collver of Ball Ground, Ga., and Tammye and Brett Hewett of Americus. Six grandchildren and spouses: Ashley and David Steinberg, Erin and Tim Johnson, Cameron and Heather Collver, and Chandler and Melissa Collver, all of Ball Ground and Canton, Georgia; Richard and Allison Green of Albany, Georgia, and Ross and Ashlyn Green of Lagrange, Ga. Two stepdaughters and spouse: Ginger Sheedy of Albany and Donna and Rick Pack of Tampa, Fla. Six step-grandchildren: Mandy Stalvey, Jessica Sullivan, Jack Sheedy, Bobby and Amanda Cook, Kathy Rinaldo, Jessica and Mark Robertson, and Dayton and Megan Kannon. Eleven great-grandchildren and eight step great-grandchildren. Three sisters and two brothers-in-law: Elizabeth and Gerald Cordle of Leesburg, Linda Moore of Americus, and Nancy and Doug Usry of Americus. Three brothers and a sister-in-law: Bill McAfee of Americus, and George McAfee and Wayne and Linda McAfee, all of Plains. A host of nephews and nieces also survive. Memorial contributions may be made to Life Point Church, 384 Hwy 30 West, Americus, GA 31709 or Dream Church, 224 Brown Industrial Parkway, Suite 105, Canton, GA 30114. To sign the online guest book and share your condolences with the family visit aldridgefuneralservices.com.