William Lee Kinney | Eastern North Carolina Now | William Lee Kinney died on January 1, 2022, at the age of 66, following a brief illness. Mr. Kinney was born on January 12, 1955 to the late William Austin Kinney and the former Myrtle Violette Smith, in Akron, Ohio.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
    William Lee Kinney died on January 1, 2022, at the age of 66, following a brief illness. Mr. Kinney was born on January 12, 1955 to the late William Austin Kinney and the former Myrtle Violette Smith, in Akron, Ohio.

    On May 9, 1976, Mr. Kinney married the love of his life, Marguerite (Peggy) Elizabeth Ross. He often commented that she was the best thing to ever happen to him. Part of the proof of that statement is their three children and five grandchildren.

    A graduate of Drew University and Princeton Theological Seminary, Lee has lived a diverse life, as a singer-songwriter, businessman, preacher, teacher, writer, artist, and professional pipe carver. A second career minister, Lee was recognized for his gift of preaching, and won numerous awards for his writing. Many of his sermons have appeared in books and magazines such as Preaching Magazine, Pulpit Digest, and The Clergy Journal. Additionally, his sermon "And a Little Child Shall Lead Them" was selected by the Kyper Institute for inclusion in their popular book, Election Day Sermons, which has sold over 22,000 copies. He was further recognized for his gift of preaching by his inclusion in the 2001 edition of Preaching Magazine's annual publication, Great Preaching.

    He is the author of a children's book titled, When Nobody's There, and several sermons as well as other inspirational series on audio tape and compact disk by way of A Deeper Walk, a print, audio and video ministry of First Presbyterian Church of Pine Bluff, where he had served from 1995 to 2009 as Senior Pastor, before leaving to serve as Senior Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of "little" Washington, North Carolina.

    Additionally, his gift for and love of teaching was regularly on display at SEARK College, Pine Bluff, Arkansas, where he served as a member of the adjunct faculty, teaching in the areas of philosophy and ethics. He was a member of the Oxford Round Table of Harris Manchester College, Oxford, where he presented a paper in 2007.

    Following his retirement in 2020, Lee enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren, and friends, and in a host of hobbies and creative pursuits such as graphic art, and writing.

    William was preceded in death by his loving wife Marguerite Elizabeth Kinney of Washington, NC, his father William Austin Kinney of Anderson, SC. He is survived by his three children Daniel Lee Kinney and his wife Chastity of Washington, NC; Maria Alexandra Langley and her husband Richard of Washington, NC; Elizabeth Anne Coltrain and her husband Brant of Washington, NC; five grandchildren, Abigail, Montgomery, Theodore, Valentina, Talan; his mother Myrtle Violette Kinney of Anderson, SC; two siblings Deborah Kinney-Soltis of Shelby, NC; Nathan B Kinney of Mahwah, NJ.

    At the request of William Lee Kinney and his wife, a memorial service with immediate and extended family will be held at the family lake house in Tafton, PA. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations in support of Purpose of God Annex at 1015 East 6th Street, Washington, NC 27889 or Open Door Community Center for homeless women and children at 1240 Cowell Farm Road, Washington, NC 27889.
Go Back

HbAD0

Latest Announcements

Mr. Jackie Nicholson Skinner, age 76, a resident of Tankard Drive, Bath, died Saturday, August 13, 2022, at Service League of Greenville Inpatient Hospice in Greenville.
Following a brave battle against cancer, Philip Stewart Nepper of Washington, NC was promoted to heaven on August 12, 2022, at the age of 81 years young.
James Brooks Browning, age 84, passed away August 10th, 2022 at his home in Bath, NC.
Mrs. Ginger Lee Dail Elliott, age 41, a resident of Greenville, NC died Thursday August 4, 2022, at her home.
Mrs. Sherry Lynne Loving Champion, age 54, a resident of Oak City, NC died Sunday, August 7, 2022, at ECU Health Edgecombe Hospital.
Mr. Gregory Bryan “Greg” Rowe, age 50, a resident of Blounts Creek, passed away Wednesday, August 3, 2022.
Stanley Gray Younce, age 62, a resident of Washington, NC died Friday, August 5, 2022 at his home.
Alice Hubbard Stallings, age 90, a resident of Cypress Glen, formerly of Washington, NC, died at her home with her husband by her side.
David Nash Crisp, age 40, a resident of Washington, NC died Sunday, July 31, 2022.

HbAD1

Mr. Robert Asa Singleton, age 92, formerly of Grimesland, died Monday, August 1, 2022, at his home in Summerville, S.C.
Sandra Ann Scott Woolard, age 47, a resident of Washington, NC died Sunday July 31, 2022.
Dewey Wayne Woolard, age 71, of Washington, NC, passed away Monday, August 1, 2022, at his home.
Mrs. Lorreen Edna Craddock Galt, age 74, a resident of Chocowinity, died Thursday, July 28, 2022, at ECU Health Beaufort Hospital.
Mrs. Lola Woolard Coward, age 74, a resident of Washington, NC died Saturday July 30, 2022, at ECU Health Beaufort Hospital.
Colonel Roy Allyn Brown, U.S. Army Ret., age 90, a resident of Fredericksburg, TX and Washington, NC died Friday July 29, 2022, at his Washington home.
Miss Onie "Frances" Rogerson, age 68, a former resident of Blounts Creek, died Thursday, July 28, 2022, at Ridgewood Manor Nursing Home in Washington.
Mr. Bobby Taylor Woolard, age 80, a resident of 10535 N.C Hwy 32 North, Washington, died Wednesday, July 27, 2022, at his home.
Alvilda May Moore Grooms, age 74, a resident of Washington, NC died Thursday July 7, 2022, at her home.

HbAD2

 
Back to Top