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“Pam and children. I am so sorry about Ken. Enjoyed our talks on the phone. Wish he could have come down to some of our reunions.Mx ”
1 of 5 | Posted by: Jo Ann Stephens - Blackshear, GA

“I first met Ken about twenty years ago. From thn on Ken was like a brother. We thought the same thoughts and we enjoyed the same hobbies especially...Read More »
2 of 5 | Posted by: Hank Spikes - Wasilla, AK

“So sorry to hear about his passing. He was a good man and a great friend to my dad, Gary. They both shared a love for historical guns. My prayers and...Read More »
3 of 5 | Posted by: Carrie Durham Ray - Charleston, WV

“Pam and family. Don and I are so sorry for your loss. Kennth was a good man to know. Hope you and family have peace knowing he is no longer suffering...Read More »
4 of 5 | Posted by: Don & Connie Hill - Peterstown, WV

“Pam and Family,Sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our prayers.With Sympathy,Dale and Ima Johnson ”
5 of 5 | Posted by: IMA JOHNSON - GALAX, VA


Kenneth Jackson McWilliams, 72 of Narrows, passed beyond to a better world on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 at LewisGale Hospital Montgomery in Blacksburg.

He was born in Blackshear, Georgia on July 29th, 1944 and was the son of the late Woodrow Jackson Thrift and Charlotte Gay Showers Thrift. In addition to his mother and father, he was preceded in death by a sister, Alpha Patricia Blackburn.

Kenneth's passions included historical reenactments, gunsmithing and weapons, art, collecting memorabilia, trains, hunting, photography, and chasing tornadoes. A loving husband, father, and grandfather, he will be deeply missed by his family and friends. He was also one of the first registered emergency medical technicians in Virginia.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 47 years, Pamela Wheeler McWilliams of Narrows; three children, Kenneth Hunter McWilliams of Metairie, Louisiana, Elias Edward McWilliams and wife Kristie of Columbia, Maryland, and Caitlin Fawn Veitz and husband Brian of Mandan, North Dakota; four grandchildren, Sylvia Lynn McWilliams, Keiran Jane Veitz, Scarlet Nova McWilliams, and Adeline Elizabeth McWilliams; many friends, including the nurses, emergency room staff, physicians and ICU nurses who provided such wonderful end-of-life care.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, February 26th, 2017 at 3 PM in the Chapel of Riffe's Funeral Service in Narrows with Pastor Roger Hazelwood officiating. The family will receive friends at Riffe's Funeral Chapel Sunday from 2 PM until just prior to the service.

The family is being served by Riffe's Funeral Service in Narrows, (540) 726-2442, and online at riffefuneralservice.com.