Henry McWilliams Obituary

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Henry "Skeets" McWilliams Jr.

August 8, 1924 - May 18, 2017
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Henry "Skeets" McWilliams, 92, passed away Thursday, May 18, 2017 at the VA Nursing Home in Collins, Ms. Funeral services will be held at Lakewood Memorial Cemetery Tuesday, May 23 at 12 noon. Skeets was born in Jackson, Miss., where he spent his younger years learning to play guitar. He went on to become a jazz guitarist working with the Ray Anthony Orchestra, radio station WGN and TV station WBKB in Chicago, Illinois, and later owned Skeets' Guitar Shop in Jackson, Miss. He was one of five guitarist invited to perform at the World Guitar Exposition in France and was inducted into the Mississippi Musician's Hall...

Henry "Skeets" McWilliams, 92, passed away Thursday, May 18, 2017 at the VA Nursing Home in Collins, Ms. Funeral services will be held at Lakewood Memorial Cemetery Tuesday, May 23 at 12 noon.



Skeets was born in Jackson, Miss., where he spent his younger years learning to play guitar. He went on to become a jazz guitarist working with the Ray Anthony Orchestra, radio station WGN and TV station WBKB in Chicago, Illinois, and later owned Skeets' Guitar Shop in Jackson, Miss. He was one of five guitarist invited to perform at the World Guitar Exposition in France and was inducted into the Mississippi Musician's Hall of Fame in 2000. Skeets was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.



He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Esther McWilliams; wife, Ruth McWilliams and sister, Dorothy Guinn.



He is survived by his son, Larry McWilliams (Deanna); brother, Jerry McWilliams; four grandchildren and three great grandchildren.



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