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Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home & Memorial Park

601 State Hwy 198 @ Walnut, Mabank, TX

OBITUARY

Mr. Bill McKee

September 5, 1927October 3, 2019
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Billy Charles McKee, oldest native of Mabank at ninety-two years, joined his sweetheart Barbara Joyce Anthony McKee, in Heaven on October 3, 2019. He is survived by his three children: Joel McKee of Austin, Ken McKee of Oak Grove, Missouri and Jana McKee Riggins of Pflugerville. He had nine grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. Bill was born at home on the family farm in Mabank on September 5, 1927 to Frank Sandford and Jessie Mae McKee, the oldest of three children born to this marriage. He attended Mabank public schools, graduating in 1944 at sixteen years of age. A year later, at seventeen, he entered the United States Navy and served in World War II. Following his military service, he attended Henderson County Junior College and North Texas Agricultural College where he studied engineering. When Chance Vought Aircraft moved its operation to Texas, he was one of the first Texans hired. He worked there from 1948 – 1992 and was named Employee of the Year in 1988. Later, he became a business owner and cattle rancher. Bill became a member of First Baptist Church of Mabank in 1940 and married Joyce Anthony there on January 21, 1949 where they became active members. He served as a Sunday School teacher since 1960 and a deacon, currently Deacon Emeritus. He was a member of Roddy Lodge #734 for seventy years, where he received the Golden Trowel Award. He was a member of the Mabank Chapter #435, Mabank Council #355, and Taylor Commandery #85 for fifty-plus years. He was a 32nd Degree Dallas Scottish Rite, and a lifetime member of the Hella Temple Shrine. For sixty-five years, Bill was also active in the Mabank Order of the Eastern Star #821, serving in the role of Worthy Patron for thirty-plus years. Married seventy years to his sweetheart, Bill loved Mabank, Texas with his whole heart, the great USA and his life was founded on love of God, Family and Country. He loved rodeos, the outdoors, hunting and fishing, antique cars, quarter horses and border collie pups but most of all, he loved spending time with his grandchildren. His life’s motto was “always looking forward, never backward.” Pallbearers are his grandsons, Mark Riggins of College Station; Matthew Riggins of Princeton; Joshua Riggins of Leander; Caleb Riggins of Pflugerville; Jason McKee of Kansas City, Missouri, Eric McKee of Austin, great-grandson Landry Fee of Coppell and great friend John Carter Teague of Mabank. Honorary pallbearers include Larry Teague, Randy Teague, Robby Teague, Wayne Anthony, Steve Anthony, Larry Anderson, Jerry Anderson, Midge Odom, Keith Bradshaw and Billy Lennamond. Mr. McKee was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce; his parents Frank and Mae Johnson McKee; his sister Frances Nell McKee Bednar, younger brother Ires Earl McKee and son-in-law Johnny Riggins.

  • FAMILY

  • Frank and Mae Johnson McKee, Parents (deceased)
  • Joyce McKee, Love Of His Life (deceased)
  • Frances Nell McKee Bednar, Sister (deceased)
  • Ires Earl McKee, Brother (deceased)
  • Johnny Riggins, Son-in-law (deceased)
  • Joel McKee, Son
  • Ken McKee, Son
  • Jana McKee Riggins, Daughter
  • Bill also leaves behind nine grandchildren, that he cherished deeply and eleven great-grandchildren that he adored, other loving family members and many more lifelong friends.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Mark Riggins, Pallbearer
  • Matthew Riggins, Pallbearer
  • Joshua Riggins, Pallbearer
  • Caleb Riggins, Pallbearer
  • Jason McKee, Pallbearer
  • Eric McKee, Pallbearer
  • Landry Fee, Pallbearer
  • John Carter Teague, Pallbearer
  • Larry Teague, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Randy Teague, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Robby Teague, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Wayne Anthony, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Steven Anthony, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Larry Anderson, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Jerry Anderson, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Midge Odom, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Keith Bradshaw, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Billy Lennamond, Honorary Pallbearer

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, October 8, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, October 9, 2019
  • Graveside Service Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Memories

Mr. Bill McKee

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Kelly Jensen

October 9, 2019

Kelly Jensen

October 9, 2019

Belinda Greenhaw

October 8, 2019

Bill was a very special man! He was the heart and soul of Mabank. He will be remembered for a lot of wonderful things, but I will remember with thanks the way he shared his wonderful family with me ❤️

Pansy Odom

October 7, 2019

With the passing of our good friend, Bill McKee, a lot of Mabank history went with him. You could find him sitting on a bench on the main street of Mabank in front of his Museum on a lot of days. He loved collecting items from First Monday , which he attended two or three days of the the first First Monday week-end every month. If he was your friend, you knew you had a friend, because he would tell you what you meant to him, nearly every time he saw you. Midge and I will miss our dear friend so much, and it is not "Good-bye", but "See you later, Bill". RIP Bill McKee.

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