William Dewey McGehee, 74, of Natchez, Miss., passed away peacefully while surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013, at Natchez Regional Medical Center.
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A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, at the historic Auburn Antebellum Home, located at 400 Duncan Ave. in Natchez.
A following service will also be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, at Trinity Lutheran Church in the Algiers section of New Orleans, La. Interment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery in New Orleans. Local arrangements are under the direction of Laird Funeral Home.
The son of Dewey McGehee and Mary Annis Mosher McGehee, Bill was born in McComb, Miss., and raised in Franklin County with his sister Mary Frances McGehee Schorr. An American Army veteran who graduated from Louisiana State University, Mr. McGehee went on to a long and distinguished career with Aetna, spending 30 years in the Hartford home office before retiring to Natchez in 2000. A master gardener, avid chef, staunch Audubon enthusiast, and devoted history buff, he devoted his retirement years dedicating his time and energy to many local civic and nature conservancy organizations, including the Natchez Opera Guild, the Franklin County Museum, Friends of St. Catherine's Creek Refuge, Auburn Garden Club, Mississippi Ornithological Society, and Scottish Heritage Society.
Mr. McGehee leaves behind his devoted wife of 48 years, Dorothy Windham McGehee; his daughter Loren McGehee Slaydon; son-in-law, Gregory Slaydon; his son Geoffrey McGehee, grandchildren Robert, Connor, and Emily; and many loving nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by his beloved and faithful canine companion, Ralph McGehee.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made toward the renovation and preservation of the Auburn Museum and Historic Home. Details can be found at
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Published in Journal Inquirer from Dec. 30, 2013 to Jan. 3, 2014