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Dr. William McArn McKell Jr.


1937 - 2018
Dr.  William McArn McKell Jr. Obituary
Dr. William McArn McKell, Jr.

Ridgeland - William McArn McKell, Jr. (Bill), 80, died at home on October 7, 2018. Bill was born in Oxford, MS on October 26, 1937, to William McArn McKell and Annie Mae Fowler McKell. A 1955 Central High School graduate and 1958 cum laude Millsaps College graduate, Bill went on to earn his MD from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in 1962. While at UMMC, Bill was AOA, Phi Kappa Phi, and won the ASCP award. Commissioned by the USAF, he served a rotating internship at Wilford USAF Hospital in San Antonio, where he received the Outstanding Intern Award. Captain McKell served as flight surgeon for the 19th Bomb Wing at Homestead AFB in FL. In 1965, Dr. McKell completed a residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Gastroenterology at UMMC before starting an internal medicine and gastroenterology practice in Jackson. In 1985, he married his loving wife of 33 years, Jacqueline Carol Goolsby. They lived in Philadelphia, MS where he was Chief Medical Officer at the Choctaw Health Center before returning to private practice in Houston, MS and then Pascagoula, MS. Upon retiring, he was involved in hospital administration with the Singing River Hospital System. Dr. McKell was board-certified in Internal Medicine and in Gastroenterology, was member of numerous professional societies, and served on national committees including the American College of Gastroenterology, and the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. Along the way, he was Chief of Staff, Doctors' Hospital in Jackson; Chief GI Lab at St. Dominic's in Jackson; and Chief Department of Medicine, Chairman Endoscopy Committee, and Physician Coding Educator at Singing River Hospital System. Dr. McKell was Assistant Professor (Gastroenterology) at UMMC from 1968-1996, Consultant to Mississippi Foundation for Medical Care, Medical Advisor and Co-Founder, Mississippi Ostomy Association, Member Governor's Commission on Wildlife-Associated Tourism, and Medical Director, Volunteers in Medicine Gautier. He and Jackie shared a passion for the great outdoors. He enjoyed his time as Southern Director, Mississippi Chapter, Safari Club International and as Medical Advisor for the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association. He wrote for Mississippi Safari Magazine, The Mississippi Press, Wildlife Mississippi and had two cookbooks published: Mississippi Meals - Plain & Fancy and Game Gourmet. He was ordained as a Deacon and then Elder at Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Jackson. He is a member of St. Phillips Episcopal Church in Jackson. In addition to his devoted wife Jackie, Dr. McKell is survived by children Lee Ann Kantor (Kevin), William Stewart McKell (Linda), and Mary Kathryn McKell; sister Ann Elizabeth Jordan (Bubba); grandchildren Luke Kantor, Kyle Kantor, Anna Emery (Ron), and Chris Hill (Ellen); two great grandchildren, nieces, as well as his teammates from the 1954 undefeated Central High Tigers whom he considered his best of friends throughout his life.

A service celebrating his life will be held at 3pm on Thursday, October 11 at St. Philips Episcopal Church in Jackson preceded by visitation at 2pm.

In lieu of flowers, consider a donation to Volunteers in Medicine Gautier (www.vimgautier.org) and fill out an organ donation card.

Please visit lakewoodfuneralhomes.com for online guestbook.
Published in Clarion Ledger from Oct. 10 to Oct. 11, 2018
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