Sept. 10, 1970 – Sept. 26, 2020
Kenneth L. “Kenny” Magee died Sept. 26, 2020. He was born in Amory Sept. 10, 1970. He graduated from Brandon High School in 1989 in Brandon. After graduation, he joined the U.S. Air Force. In the early years he was on a flight crew that traveled the world.
Studying hard, while still fulfilling his military duties, he graduated with his bachelor’s degree in avionic science from Emory Riddle and became an officer after attending Officer’s Candidate School at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, AL. Not satisfied with that, he completed his master’s degree, making it possible to retire in November of 2011 with 21 years of service with the rank of major.
During his years of service, he completed two tours in Japan, one in Korea and Thailand. During his almost five years in Thailand, after a year in Monterey, Calif.’s language school, he spoke fluent Thai and was attached to the Thai Air Force in order to train them on the maintenance of the aircraft purchased from the U.S. He became the first US serviceman invited to attend the Thai War College.
Magee was also a war veteran, participating in both the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars.
Survivors are his wife, Hataigan Magee of Dayton, OH, his children: two daughters, Miyabi Patti Magee of Orlando, FL, and Nititha Gayle Magee, also of Dayton, and one son, Sell Kenneth Yuki Magee of Starkville; his father and step-mother Don and Susan Magee of Brandon, and mother Patricia Magee of Pearl; one sister, Patti Magee Smith of Pearl, three brothers; Jonathan Staten of Nashville, TN, David Staten of Houston, TX and Paul Staten of Indianapolis, IN.; an uncle and aunt, Joseph and Gwen Magee of Franklinton, his cousin, Brandon Magee, also of Franklinton.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Ezra E. Magee and Louise Neilson Magee of Franklinton and John and Colleen Taylor Willis of Hamilton.
A graveside funeral service with military honors was Oct. 4, 2020, at the Stateline United Pentecostal Church Cemetery with Rev. Brandon Wilkins officiating.
Crain Funeral Home of Franklinton was in charge of the arrangements. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Kenneth Lavon Magee please visit our Sympathy Store.