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Family Visitation

J.O. & Annette Smith Memorial Chapel (Smith Funeral Home)
Monday February 21st, 2022
5:00pm - 6:00pm

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Funeral Service

Strive Hard Educational, Recreational Enrichment Center (SHEREC)
Tuesday February 22nd, 2022

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Florence National Cemetery
Tuesday February 22nd, 2022

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Willie Lee McGill

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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Mr. McGill was my favorite customer during my employment with Wells Fargo. He always had a funny story to tell me and he made everyone's day whenever he came. My sincere condolences to the McGill family.

Michaela Purvis Feb 24 2022 7:36 PM

Linda T. Dunham and family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Katrina M. Feb 23 2022 2:25 PM

Condolences to this wonderful Family.

Ernestine Smith Feb 22 2022 2:43 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Willie McGill

Nadine Henicks Smith Feb 22 2022 12:45 PM

Our condolence to you my heart goes out to stay strong and stay together...Love you all.

Ralph Milton Ham Feb 22 2022 12:30 PM

Our condolences to the family. We love you, Annie.

Dorothy and Cleveland Brown Feb 22 2022 11:58 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Willie McGill

Linda M Mack Feb 22 2022 8:19 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Willie McGill

Bernard Henicks Feb 22 2022 1:24 AM

I knew Mr.McGill all of my life. I knew his family and grew up with his children. He loved to voice his opinions to me, on different subjects, especially politics. He would voice his thoughts on different matters weather you wanted to hear them or not. He loved to talk about the military. May he rest in peace. May GOD Bless all the Family members, Friends, and loved ones.

Donald R Canty Feb 22 2022 12:35 AM

You are a special Uncle to me . I will truly miss you and your words of wisdom. Love you Uncle Willie and Rest In Peace.

Tonya McGill Feb 22 2022 12:06 AM

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