William McArn McKell, Jr. died October 7, 2018, age 80, at his home in Ridgeland, MS. Bill was born in Oxford, MS on October 26, 1937, to William McArn McKell and Annie Mae Fowler McKell. While his father was an officer in the army during WWII, Bill and his mother resided in Tupelo. He graduated from Central High School in Jackson in 1955, Millsaps College in 1958, cum laude, with a B.S. in Chemistry, and received his MD from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in 1962. He was commissioned by the US Air Force. Following an internship at Wilford USAF Hospital in San Antonio, TX, and a Primary Course in Aerospace Medicine at Brooks AFB in San Antonio, Captain McKell served as flight surgeon for the 19th Bomb Wing at Homestead AFB in Florida. After an honorable discharge in 1965, Dr. McKell began a residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Gastroenterology at UMMC in Jackson. Dr. McKell was the first flexible-endoscopist in the state of Mississippi. 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; he 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 served as 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 love of the great outdoors and he served as Southern Director, Mississippi Chapter, Safari Club International, was a staff Writer for Mississippi Safari Magazine, outdoor columnist for The Mississippi Press, columnist for Wildlife Mississippi, and Medical Advisor for the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association. He 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 beloved wife Jackie, Dr. McKell is survived by his children Lee Ann Kantor (Kevin) of Canton, William Stewart McKell (Linda) of Tupelo, and Mary Kathryn McKell of Ridgeland; sister Ann Elizabeth Jordan (Bubba) of Jackson; grandchildren Chris Hill (Ellen), Anna Emery (Ron), Luke Kantor, and Kyle Kantor; and two great grandchildren, Lydia and Landon Hill. Services will be held on Thursday, October 11, at St Philips Episcopal Church in Jackson. In lieu of flowers, consider donations to Volunteers in Medicine Gautier (www.vimgautier.org) and fill out an organ donation card. Please visit lakewoodfuneralhomes.com for online guestbook.
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