Wavely Kendrick McGhee

January 21, 2019

Wavely Kendrick McGhee entered into his eternal home on January 17, 2019.

Ken was born to the late Wavely and Clara Evelyn McGhee on July 20, 1933 in Dozier, Alabama. He was well known by his friends as Ken. However, his family called him Kent, a nickname given to him by his father. He graduated from Dozier High School in May of 1952. Ken served in the United States Navy from October 1, 1952 to September 26, 1956. He served in the Korean War aboard the USS Mount Baker. While serving his country, he was awarded the National Defense, United Nations, and Good Conduct medals, and the Korean Presidential Citation.

In 1957, the Monsanto Company hired Ken, where he worked for many decades before retiring. In 1963, Ken married the love of his life, Ruby Lucille Taylor. They were happily married 50 years until her death on August 5, 2013. After retirement, Ken enjoyed visiting with his family and friends. He often traveled to the “peanut country” in Jay to purchase peanuts. Ken loved to talk and one of his favorite pastimes was buying and selling merchandise to his friends and family. He was an avid gardener and had a green thumb like no other. One of the numerous joys in his life was watching all of his nieces and nephews grow up.

Ken is preceded in death by his wife, Ruby Lucille McGhee; his parents, Wavely and Clara Evelyn McGhee; and his five siblings; Annie Earl Wilcox, Mary Maxine Russell, William Cannon McGhee, Robert Merrill McGhee, and Clara Eleanor Dubose.

His brother-in-law, Joe Lalas, his sister-in-law, Sara McGhee, and numerous nieces and nephews lovingly remember him.

Funeral services with Military Honors were held Monday, January 21, 2019 at Faith Chapel Funeral Home North.

Graveside service was held at the Dozier Cemetery in Dozier, Alabama.

The family would like to express our appreciation for the caregivers, nurses, and doctors of the Specialty Care Center that assisted with our loved one’s care over the past three years.

Faith Chapel Funeral Home North is entrusted with the arrangements.

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