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Willie Lee McGill

d. February 18, 2022

Today, we have come as family and friends to celebrate the “Homegoing” of our loved one, Mr. Willie Lee McGill. Mr. McGill is the son of the late Hattie McGill and was born February 22, 1933 in Florence. He was called to eternal rest on Friday, February 18, 2022 after a brief illness.

Mr. McGill was educated in Florence County Public Schools after which he enlisted in the United States Army. He served in the Korean War.  Upon return, he attended Denmark Area Trade School now known as Denmark Technical College receiving a Certificate in Radio and Television Repair. He later became an entrepreneur by opening, McGill’s TV and Repair Service. He was also employed with Koppers Treating Plant for 30+ years, prior to his retirement.

In his early life, he became a member of New Ebenezer Baptist Church under the leadership of Reverend Abney and served under several pastors including his current Pastor, Reverend Doctor Norman Gamble. He sang with the Men’s Choir until his health began to fail.

Mr. McGill hobbies included playing piano as he sang, watching and discussing sports and politics.  He also loved to write articles to the Florence Morning News voicing his opinion on various matters.

He was preceded in death by parents; his wife, Cathalee Robinson McGill; son, Larry James McGill; sister, Hattie Spann.

Those left to cherish his memories: five additional children; Donald R. (Esther) McGill of Florence, Linda T.  Dunham of Florence, Willie A. McGill of Asheville, NC, Gena McGill of Anderson, SC, Crystal E. (UL) McGill of Myrtle Beach, SC.; one sister, Annie B. Hicks of Florence; one brother, Sammie Lee (Barbara) McGill of Florence; one brother-in-law, Frank Robinson of the home; five grandchildren, Stuart, Bethany, Keith, Erneisha and Ashley; one great grandchild, Ethan; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. 

And finally, not to forget his foster parents, the late Ralph and Martha Lee Ham and his foster brothers and sisters, Lester Ham, Lezelle Ham, Milton Ham, Ernestine Ham, and Ophelia Ham.

Please keep the family of Willie Lee McGill in your thoughts and prayers. 

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Service Schedule

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Family Visitation

Monday, February 21, 2022

5:00 - 6:00pm (Eastern time)

J.O. & Annette Smith Memorial Chapel (Smith Funeral Home)

307 S. Johns Street , Florence, SC 29506

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Funeral Service

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Starts at 11:00am (Eastern time)

Strive Hard Educational, Recreational Enrichment Center (SHEREC)

312 S. Ravenel Street, Florence, SC 29506

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Burial

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Starts at 1:00pm (Eastern time)

Florence National Cemetery

1001 Stockade Dr., Florence , SC 29505

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