|Birth: ||Dec. 16, 1914|
|Death: ||Oct. 10, 1982|
Distinguished Metro-Atlanta Georgia physician who fervently served his patients and his community with dedication and complete care for over 25 years. He was no ordinary man and definitely accepted his calling and thereby embodied the Christian spirit throughout his life in caring for, aiding and uplifting those in need. McCree was a tireless scholar of medicine who brought proud dignity to his profession and stood as a shinning example of dedication, service, and commitment. He was lovingly and affectionately applauded for his work by his multitude of patients throughout the years for the skill, concern, and dedication he demonstrated in their care. McCree's love of people went beyond healing the sick. Throughout his life God gave him very great gifts and imposed upon him were great burdens which he bore all with dignity and grace. He came from a generation of indomitable African-American's who wouldn't be turned around blocked or stopped by anything. Otis William McCree, Sr. the precious gift (only child) of John William, Jr. and Ida Glover McCree was born on Dec. 16, 1914 in College Park, Ga. He was known to family and friends as "Mac". At age three his beloved mother Ida died during the nation wide influenza epidemic. Like many youth of his time and place, he had dreams. At a very young age he had a powerful desire and determination to become a doctor. McCree received his early education in the public schools of College Park, and at Knowles High of Atlanta University. He spent three years at Englewood High School in Chicago, graduating in 1932 with honors. His unquenchable desire to become a doctor granted him the opportunity to attend Morehouse College in Atlanta where he received his B. S. degree and graduated at the head of his class in 1936. While there he played the violin (which he learned at age 5) in the Morehouse Orchestra. There followed six years of very successful and highly regarded service as teacher of science at Booker T. Washington in Atlanta, during which period he completed a Master of Science degree at Atlanta University in 1938. In Atlanta on April 8, 1942, McCree united in holy matrimony to Lena Singleton and to this union two daughters and one son were born. That same year he also composed a song for his wife Lena in entitled "My Sweetheart of The U. S. A." (which is on file at the National Archives in Washington, D.C). Shortly thereafter was enabled by an Army Reserve program to begin the study of medicine. Thus in 1946, his dream was realized when he graduated Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee, second in his class. While at Meharry McCree served as the Treasurer of his class and Polemarch of Kappa Alpha Psi chapter there. Released from military service at the same time, he then began a residency at Homer G. Phillips Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri, which was followed by four years of general practice in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. In 1951, McCree was recalled to military duty in the U.S. Army as a physician and served two more years attaining the rank of Captain until he was honorably discharged. He found the call of his home town irresistible and he and his family moved to College Park, to begin over Twenty years of dedicated and untiring service to the people of this community and Metro-Atlanta. McCree later also was chosen as the first doctor on staff at East Point's South Fulton Medical Center when it opened in 1963. His selfless dedication to his patients and commitment to providing personal, individual attention were some of the keys to his successful practice which earned him a well respected reputation in the community. A noted speaker in the community McCree was often referred to as "Dr. Preacher" for his speaking ability. Family was also important to him and he shared his love daily with his wife and three children amidst a busy schedule. McCree, an exemplary role model taught his children to give back and help others. He also was dedicated to the rest of his family and friends and would avail himself to support them in any way he could. During the late 1950's and early 1960's the McCree home was host to several civil rights meetings with the likes of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Andrew Young, Julian Bond, Rev. Hosea Williams, local ministers and others often in attendance. McCree enthusiastically served the people of College Park, surrounding towns and Metro-Atlanta for two decades until severe illness resulting from a stroke forced him out of retirement in 1974. His remaining years were filled with overcoming obstacles, learning new ways of doing things and igniting creativity – with lots of love. Despite a determination to return to his practice and after several years of failing health, our beloved one peacefully departed this life into the embrace of God on the evening of Oct. 10, 1982. For we are sojourners upon earth and our times are in God's Hands. It brought to a close a remarkable life and an amazing journey. At his funeral service that reflected his life and faith, he was remembered by multitudes as a scholar and dedicated family physician. The remarkable outpouring and love at the time of his death and even now are a testament to his legacy, and proof, of the many lives McCree touched. As a member of the College Park and Atlanta communities; he was an active participant in several civic and social organizations which included as a proud member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, the Atlanta Medical Association, the National Medical Association, the Fulton County Medical Society, Chairman of the College Park Extension Section of the Butler Street YMCA Membership Campaign, Morehouse Alumni Association and as a life long member of Laster Chapel U.M.C. During his lifetime McCree received many awards recognizing his humanism and excellence in medicine and the community, including recipient of the Presidents Award (1971) by Meharry College and the prestigious Nash-Carter Award (1974) presented by the Atlanta Medical Association, Inc. In June of 1981 the College Park community recognized there native son for his outstanding practice, scholarship and dedication in the field of medicine. The mayor and city of College Park declared that Sunday as Otis W. McCree Day in the city. It is noted that among the many babies McCree help to bring into this world include nationally known minister Dr. Creflo A. Dollar. McCree was also a avid pool and golf player. It is reasonable to assume that any success in service which may have been his was also a part of the Divine plan for his life. Those who knew him will remember all their days some special thoughtful kindness, a word, a smile and a deed, reaching out a helping hand when he saw a need. With the faith and love he gave to us, we carry on. We commend him to the serenity, peace and the blessing of eternal life. This wonderful human being will never be forgotten.
THE MEASURE OF A MAN
Not - How did he die? But - How did he live? Not - What did he gain? But - What did he give?
These are the things that measure the worth of a man as a man, regardless of birth.
Not - What was his station? But - had he a heart? And - How did he play his God-given part?
Was he ever ready with a word of good cheer? To bring back a smile, to banish a tear?
Not - What was his church? Not - What was his creed? But - Had he befriended those really in need?
Not - What did the sketch in the newspaper say? But - How many were sorry when he passed away?
These are the things that measure the worth of a man as a man, regardless of birth. (bio by: Curtis Jackson)
John William McCree (1892 - 1956)
Ida Glover McCree (1894 - 1918)
Lena Marie Singleton McCree (1915 - 1993)
Otis William McCree (1955 - 2011)*
Plot: Garden of St. John
Created by: Curtis Jackson
Record added: Sep 28, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6808329