Obituary for Sat., Jan. 19, 2019

Published 1:33 am Saturday, January 19, 2019


Wavely Kendrick McGhee entered into his eternal home on Jan. 17, 2019. Ken was born to the late Wavely and Clara Evelyn McGhee on July 20, 1933, in Dozier. 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 Oct. 1, 1952, to Sep. 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 Aug. 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. Visitation will be held on Mon., Jan. 21, 2019, from 8:30 a.m., until 9:30 a.m., at Faith Chapel Funeral Home North. Funeral Service with Military Honors will follow at 9:30 a.m. Graveside Service will be at the Dozier Cemetery in Dozier at 2 p.m. 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, 1000 S. Hwy. 29, Cantonment, Fla., entrusted with the arrangements. You may express your condolences online at