Kenneth Eugene McWilliams drew his last breath on Friday, June 7th, 2019 in the comfort of his own home with his loving wife, Mary by his side. Ken was born in Flint, MI on August 6th, 1940. Ken had called many places home throughout his life before discovering Shirley, Arkansas where he spent his last 11 years. The years he spent in Shirley brought him true joy whether he was fishing at the river, having his morning coffee with the locals who became dear friends or just sitting on his back porch with his wife to watch the sunset.
Ken was a veteran of the U.S. Army who left to serve his country in Germany when he was 18 years old. He had a lifetime love affair with country music. An amazing guitarist, singer, songwriter whose music brought joy to many. He served as a great friend and mentor to countless musicians. Through music, he met his best friend and soul mate, Mary. She not only became is his wife but his muse. He became her husband and was known at “Mary’s Cowboy”. His love for music was followed closely by his love for fishing. He was quick-witted with a great (and sometimes inappropriate) sense of humor. There was not a day went by when he wasn’t cracking a joke about something.
Ken was preceded in death by his father, Charles McWilliams, his mother, Pauline (Alberts) Jennings, stepfather, Allen Jennings and brother, Jim Jennings. He is survived by his wife, Mary McWilliams, his sister, Victoria Winebarger, his five children, Kathleen Metzler, Debra Willette, Diana Miller, Steven McWilliams and Monica West, his step-son, Jim Mahoney, his eleven grandchildren, Naomi, Dwayne, Nathan, Dion, Jesse, William, Caleb, Lauren, Stefanie, Danielle and Cole, his three step-grandchildren, Christopher, Brooke and Garrett. H is also survived by 14 great grandchildren.
He will be greatly missed by his family and friends, but he will never be forgotten.
“Over and over and over again. The words keep repeating it’s over but then I keep reliving those sweet memories and it’s not over for me.”
~ Ken McWilliams
Per Kens request no services will be held.
Arrangements are under the trusted direction of A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas, 72076. 501-982-3400.