Fred McGhee, Poarch Creek Chairman passes away

Fred L. McGhee, the chairman of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, passed away this morning at a hospital in Mobile, Alabama. He was 56.

McGhee was selected as chairman in June 2005. He served five years on the tribal council and two terms as chairman.

The tribe, in a statement today, hailed McGhee as a visionary. He recently delivered the State of the Tribe address and spoke of his commitment to the community's future.

"As I look out at you I am thinking what an honor it is to serve as your Chairman. I love this community and I want to do right by you. I may not be perfect but I do try to do what is right. And sometimes doing right is the hard thing to do. But I believe it is worth it to make our lives and our children�s lives better," he said.

Funeral services will be held at Atmore Memorial, (251) 368-2540.

Although the family will accept flowers, they request that any memorial contributions be made to the Poarch Creek Indians c/o Fred L. McGhee, 5811 Jack Springs Road, Atmore, AL 36502.

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Poarch Creek Indians chairman Fred McGhee dies at 56 (The Montgomery Advertiser 5/18)

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