"You Don't Have To Answer To Me" (Glendon McKee 1977)

(04/27/2004)

Dear Editor,

I hope some others out there read this and respond with some memories of Reverend McKee.

Thanks to Jack Cawthon for that informative tribute to Glendon McKee; I never knew about the relationships that were formed in his (Jack's) younger years.

I had the privilege of knowing Glendon on three different levels; when I was a young boy at Mt. Zion, he was our minister at the Mt. Zion Methodist Church, he was also my 9th grade English teacher at CHS, and I was a colleague of his at CHS from 1974 until his retirement from teaching.

He may not have thought that he had any influence on my life, but he did in many ways and I am certain that he had a great influence on my brother David, who is now a Minister with the Methodist Church in Calhoun County.

When I was a young teacher at CHS, I loved to listen to the stories told by Don McCartney, Paul Stalnaker and Mr. Mc Kee. There was a certain crusty veteran teacher at that time that had a reputation for using some colorful language in the "boiler room," a.k.a. the teacher's lounge.

I have great respect for the crusty old veteran too, but I found it very humorous one day when he was on one of his tirades as Mr. McKee entered the lounge. Upon noticing Glendon he says, "Oh sorry Reverend," but Glendon replies, "That's ok, you don't have to answer to me."

He may not have understood the subtle influences he had on the lives of people, but I am certain that many of us remember times when he said something that left us with an enduring impression of respect.

Thanks Glendon for helping embed a conscience into the minds of many youth. You made more of an impact than you ever could have imagined. Does anyone else have memories of Glendon to share?

Jim Weaver, Okinawa, Japan