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William Kinney Jr.

1922 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
William Kinney Jr. Obituary
William George Kinney, Jr. passed peacefully on June 19th in Houston, Texas at the age of 91. He was born on November 12, 1922 in Austin, Texas.
Bill Kinney's life epitomized the integrity, duty, and honor that characterized the greatest generation.
The great depression shaped his early life. He graduated from Austin High School in 1940 and fought for his beloved country during World War II as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army Air Force, where he served as a fighter pilot instructor. After the war, he returned to the University of Texas, became active in Phi Gamma Delta, Texas Cowboys and Silver Spurs, and graduated in civil engineering in 1948.
He moved to Houston and began a lifelong career in the construction and real estate business. He was the contractor for the Flagship Hotel in Galveston. In 1952, he married Patricia Philo Womack, beginning a remarkable partnership lasting 65 years. He became a member of St. John the Divine Episcopal Church the year of his marriage and was a Vestry member and Sunday School teacher. He was a member of the Houston Country Club, a former member of Allegro, and a beloved Geezer.
Survivors include his wife Patricia; his children William George Kinney III, wife Cynthia Southern, their children William IV and Layne; Rev. Dr. Stephen Watts Kinney, wife Gwendolyn King, their children Matthew, Kathleen and Tyler; David Craig Kinney, Wife Susan Templeton, their children Nathan and Helen Clare; Benjamin Kane Kinney, wife Bailey Hall, their children Kane and Trotter.
Bill Kinney's tacit faith in God spoke loudly through his love and enjoyment of people. His gentle, good-natured charisma helped define and build the community of friends and family that admired and loved him for who and how he was-an amazing human being, full of grace and truth.
A memorial service is to be conducted at eleven o'clock on Wednesday, June 25th at St. John the Divine Episcopal Church, followed by a reception in Summers Hall. The Reverends Larry Hall and Doug Richnow will officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. John the Divine, 2450 River Oaks Blvd, or the Phi Gamma Delta Educational Foundation, PO Box 4599, Lexington, KY 40544-4599.

Published in Houston Chronicle on June 22, 2014
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