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Willard McKinney

September 26, 1948 — June 14, 2024

Willard Maurice McKinney, known to friends and family as Reese or Mo, passed away peacefully on June 14, 2024, at the age of 75. He was born on September 26, 1948, in Athens, TN, and was a beloved member of his community. Willard's greatest joys in life were his family and the Tennessee Vols (not always in that order).

He was a devoted husband to his wife of 57 years, Wanda McKinney, and a loving father to his two sons, Mark and Craig, and their wives, Melisa and Diane, respectively. He was preceded in death by his infant daughter, Melanie. He cherished being a grandfather to Seth, Bethany, and Ian, and the addition of a great-grandchild, Everlee.

Professionally, Willard was a skilled home builder who specialized in constructing log homes. His career achievements included the creation of hundreds of beautiful and enduring structures, leaving a lasting legacy in the industry. Known for his honesty and strong work ethic, Willard was an inspiration to all who knew him. He approached life with a steadfast determination and an unwavering commitment to his family and friends. His kindness and gentle nature will be remembered by those fortunate enough to have had him in their lives.

Willard found solace and strength in his Baptist faith, which provided him with a firm foundation throughout his life. He was dedicated to his religious beliefs and found comfort in this spiritual journey. Willard Maurice McKinney leaves a legacy of love, hard work, and devotion. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and all who had the privilege of knowing him. May he rest in eternal peace.

You are encouraged to share a memory of Willard and/or your personal condolences with his family by visiting his memorial webpage and guestbook at www.companionfunerals.com. Companion Funeral Home of Athens is honored to assist his family with these arrangements.

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