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William Hood McCain

November 22, 1948February 29, 2020

William Hood McCain passed away on February 29, 2020 in Houston, Texas. He was born in Starkville, Mississippi, and attended Starkville High School. Will obtained a BS and MS in Civil Engineering from Mississippi State University, where he was active in ROTC. An engineer at heart, Will later attended University of Texas, receiving a second Masters in Civil Engineering with a focus on Structural Engineering. Will worked as a civilian for the Navy, traveling the world mapping the ocean floor. His distinguished engineering career also included working for a multinational chemical company and working on a team to design offshore drilling platforms. He loved to talk about his work and his travels, and his stories were fascinating.

Will had a wealth of knowledge about history, especially the Civil War and World War II. His personal library was extensive, and he read and remembered every book. Will was a snappy dresser and loved good music, good food, and a good drink. He was well known for speaking his mind about politics and the daily news and would debate anyone with his sharp mind. Will was true to his close friends and appreciated them immensely.

Will is survived by his nieces and nephews Will Douglas, Elizabeth Douglas Jordan, Maggie McCain, Sean McCain, Jonathan Compton, and Marco Compton. He is preceded in death by his parents Dewey and Virginia McCain, and his siblings Jane Douglas, Charles McCain, and Susan Compton.

Donations can be made in Will's name to the American Cancer Society.


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Jim Milstead

March 10, 2020

I met Will thru my friends, Robert Berry and RA Scott. Right off the bat I knew I liked this guy. Conversations with him were a challenge to see whose tongue was sharpest. His depth and breadth of knowledge was amazing. His wit was rapier sharp and dry as the Sahara. An evening with Will was a treat and I enjoyed every second. Until we meet again.

Michael Wright

March 5, 2020

I met Will at Mississippi State in the 1970's. He was intellectually gifted across a wide range of interests and had a keen, sophisticated wit. He was very tough in his opinions but had an underlying sense of fairness and a strong sense of duty. I'm glad I was able to know him.

Michael A. Wright, PE

Robert Berry

March 4, 2020

A good man has passed.

R. A. Scott

March 1, 2020

Will and I go back a long way. His Dad hired my Dad as we migrated from south Texas to Mississippi on account of my Mother wanting to move closer to her family. That was in the mid 1950’s. Since that time Will and became colleagues at Mississippi State and Will worked a stint at Scott Engineering while on his way to bigger and better accomplishments. I’ll miss him, but will always cherish the time we spent together and will remember him always.
R. A. Scott