A native of Tylertown, Mississippi in Walthall County, received his Bachelor of Science degree in Vocational Agriculture Education from Alcorn State University (formerly Alcorn A & M College) in 1935. He did further study at Tuskegee University (formerly Tuskegee Institute) and The University of Ibadan, in Western Nigeria.
Delors Edgar McGee, Sr., began his 37-year career with the United States Department of Agriculture-Farmers Home Administration (now referred to as Rural Development) as the first African-American county assistant supervisor in Greenville, Mississippi. Prior to retirement, he served as a Rural Housing Specialist in the United States as well as Nigeria, West Africa. Magee received numerous awards and recognitions for his many contributions to agriculture and the state of Mississippi and abroad.
He, also, served in the United States Army, and had a brief appointment as principal in Bogue Chitto, Mississippi.
He was honored with the Elks Award, Outstanding Service in the Area of Agriculture Credit and Rural Housing from Tuskegee University (formerly Tuskegee Institute), Outstanding Alumni of Alcorn State University, Proclamation from then Governor William Winter declaring March 20, 1981 D. E. Magee Day, selected Man of the Year by St. Matthew African Methodist Episcopal Church in 1962, Professional Agricultural Workers Association Award in 1963 at Tuskegee University (he was the first Mississippian to receive this award), and he was honored as Alcornite of the year in 1964.
Additionally, he served as President of Alcorn State University National Alumni Association, President of N. B. L. Federal Credit Union, member of National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Phi Delta Kappa and Greenville Chamber of Commerce.
Additionally, Mr. Magee was inducted in the Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum Hall of Fame on November 14, 1985. He was married to the late Vernie W. Turner Magee, Mr. Magee died May 3, 1981.