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James William "Billy" McKee

 

James William “Billy” McKee, 87, resident of 17227 Hwy. 101 South widower of Beatrice Ridgeway McKee passed away Friday June 12, 2020 at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

Born in Abbeville, SC he was a son of the late John Thomas McKee and Eleanor McIlwain McKee.

Billy was a retired textile employee having worked for Greenwood Mills Monsanto Plant. He proudly served his country in the United States Army. He was a graduate of the Greenwood College of Commerce. He was a Master Mason and member of the Clinton Lodge #3 AFM and had recently received his pin for 63 years. He was a member of Upper Long Cane Presbyterian Church and also attended Rabun Creek Baptist Church. Billy loved his family but the apple of his eye where his grands and great-grands.

Survivors include: two daughters Lisa Holman (Mitchell) of Hickory Tavern, SC and Connie DeVuono (Jim) of Hickory Tavern, SC; five grandchildren Amanda Holman Smith, Lindsey Holman Krebs, Alexis Holman, Ally DeVuono and Ridge DeVuono; three great-grandchildren Avery Smith, Branton Smith and Makynli Holman.

A family graveside service will be conducted Tuesday June 16, 2020 at 11:00 AM in Greenwood Memorial Gardens with the Revs. Jayson Payne and Wayne Wicker officiating.

Memorials in memory of Billy may be made to Upper Long Cane Presbyterian Church, 194 Hwy. 20 Abbeville, SC 29620 or to Rabun Creek Baptist Church, Hwy. 101 South Gray Court, SC 29645.


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Guestbook

I have procrastinated sharing my thoughts about my cousin Billy knowing when I did so, I was truly accepting that he has left us behind. I know he is now without pain and with Bea but, oh how he will be missed.
Billy who was fun-loving and always thoughtful and kind to his younger cousins was the one who would take time to be with us, spend hours driving his boat in circles with amazing patience so we could learn to water ski. Billy who then spent even more hours teaching me to slalom and who took me out on the lake anytime he could when I made the trip to South Carolina. I think I was in my 60's when we were last able to find time to get to his lake house.
Billy who could fix anything asked of him. I loved the tractor he last showed me. As a small child, I loved tractors. He had renovated it as if it were a work of art. Billy who was so proud of the car he had restored for Connie.
Billy who after my Mom passed kept me connected to the family by always keeping in touch to let me know when the McIlwain reunion was scheduled, kept me informed about how my relatives were doing and always made sure I had all the hash I wanted to take home in a suitcase to Utah. Billy who everytime we talked on the phone wanted to know what I planted in my garden and how my tomatoes were growing. Now, to whom will I send my carefully packaged grape jelly from my grape vines? How will I come to his home and not miss the sausage and grits he'd fix in the morning.
Billy who gave me the chance to come to love his daughters, Lisa and Connie and their families. They seem like sisters and are as fun loving as Billy.
Billy took care of people, worked hard, played hard and made sure others could and would do the same.
So when I head to the other side, which I hope won't be soon, and if there's a ski boat in heaven, Billy, you owe me a turn around the lake. I will miss you.

Lorraine Hopkin Jul 1 2020 12:00 AM

We were so sorry to hear that Mr. Billy had passed. We stopped by to see him several times in the past few years. He always was happy to see us and visit with us. It was very evident that he loved his family! He was such a nice man! We will miss him! Bill & Karen Manning

Billy Manning Jun 19 2020 12:00 AM

We were so sorry to hear that Mr. Billy had passed. We stopped by to see him several times in the past few years. He always was happy to see us and visit with us. It was very evident that he loved his family! He was such a nice man! We will miss him! Bill & Karen Manning

Billy Manning Jun 19 2020 12:00 AM

Our sincere sympathy for the family in the passing of Billy McKee.He was my first cousin by marriage to my cousin Bea.
May God bless each of you with his healing peace.
With Love,Bill & Christine Morse

Bill Morse Jun 16 2020 12:00 AM

Lisa, Connie and family. I am so sorry for your loss. Billy was an outstanding person and will be dearly missed. Y'all are in my thoughts and prayers Love and hugs

Tammy Turner Jun 16 2020 12:00 AM

Billy and I worked together many years at Monsanto. I have a lot of wonderful memories of our times together. Billy will always be remembered. our prayers are with the family.

kenmar1934@yahoo.com Jun 15 2020 12:00 AM

Billy and my husband Lanny Brabham were close friends and co workers at Monsanto for many years. He was a kind , thoughtful, soft spoken man who was easy to like. RIP with your loved ones !!

Madeline Brabham Jun 14 2020 12:00 AM

Billy was a good man I enjoyed working for him rest in peace we love u

Helen Speer Jun 13 2020 12:00 AM