William Earl McGee, Jr., was born August 29, 1965 in Jackson, Mississippi, to the late William Earl McGee and Melvin Nichols.
William was affectionately called ‘Lil Will’, to distinguish him from his late father ‘Big Will.’ He was raised in the church by his late grandparents Leeandrew and Christine Easterling McGee on Newport Street in the Shady Oaks Community. He started his educational journey in a neighborhood daycare. He attended Dawson Elementary School and Brinkley Middle School; he was a 1983 graduate of Callaway High School.
After high school, he briefly pursued Hotel Management. He sold high-end furniture and other items for 11 years at the Fire Sale in Meadowbrook Shopping Center during and after high school. He became a journeyman plumbing apprentice in 1998 at South Central Heating & Plumbing; the Mississippi Construction Education Foundation funded his plumbing training at Hinds Community College, Pearl Campus. He was formerly a plumber at Jackson State University, worked briefly for the City of Jackson, and was the sole proprietor of Maintenance Masters. He closed his business for health reasons.
William was joined in holy matrimony in 1992 to Angie Denise Washington. One child, William Earl McGee, III, was born to that union. He was reintroduced to Meredith Coleman on February 8, 1998. They fell in love, moved into their present home that summer, and married the following year on September 25, 1999.
William’s memories will be cherished by many loved ones including, but not limited to, his wife: Meredith Coleman McGee; his uncles: Curtis (Butch) McGee and Michael Lindsey; his aunts: Dorothy McGee, Sharon Lindsey Miller, and Daphne Richardson all of Jackson, MS, and Shelia (Eugene) Warren of Hazelhurst, MS; his siblings: Michelle (Kevin) Swinney of Jackson, MS, Debra McGee of Las Vegas, NV, Karen (Russell) Smith of Douglasville, GA, Kenneth Earl McGee, Mischa Scott Cage, Rashad Scott, Kelsey Dior Reed, Sabrina Nicole Nichols, Jacqueline (Keith) Marie Nichols Currie, Michael D’Aundrae Buckley, Cleo, et al of Jackson, MS; his supportive friends/relatives: Cleotha McGee, Henry Hendrix, Sabastian Short, Carlos Newsome, Sam Ames, Susan Ames, Umekia Scott, Sam Haynes, and Karon Kelly; special mothers: Betty Little McGee, Ola Mae Macklin, and Charlette Scott; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, great-nieces, great-nephews, former clients, childhood friends, and neighbors.
Arrangements were handled by Willis & Sons Funeral Home, 5235 Robinson Road Ext., Jackson, MS 39204. Graveside Services were at 11 am, June 10, 2021 at Autumn Woods Cemetery, 4000 W. Northside Dr., Jackson, MS 39209. You may mail cards c/o Meredith C. McGee, 1052 Maria Court, Jackson, MS 39204.