Kenneth Lavon Magee
September 10, 1970 - September 26, 2020
Kenneth Lavon Magee, age 50, went to his heavenly home on September 26, 2020. He began his life journey by being born in Amory, Mississippi on September 10, 1970. “Kenny” graduated from Brandon High School in 1989 in Brandon, Mississippi. After graduation, he joined the United States Air Force and the military became his love. In the early years he was on a flight crew that traveled the world for his country.
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 5 years in Thailand, after a year in Monterey, California’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. They were so impressed; he became the first US serviceman invited to attend the Thai War College.
Kenny was also a war veteran, participating in both the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars.
Kenny leaves behind to mourn him: His wife, Hataigan Magee of Dayton, Ohio, his children: two daughters, Miyabi Magee of Orlando, FL, and Apple Magee, also of Dayton, and one son, Sell Kenneth Magee of Starkville, MS; his father and step-mother Don and Susan Magee of Brandon, MS and mother Patricia Magee of Pearl, MS; one sister, Patti Magee Smith of Pearl, MS, 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, LA and his cousin, Brandon Magee, also of Franklinton, and a host of other relatives in Franklinton.
Kenny was preceded in death by his grandparents, Ezra E. Magee and Louise Neilson Magee of Franklinton, LA and John and Colleen Taylor Willis of Hamilton, MS.
Visitation will be at Crain Funeral Home (1109 Bene Street, Franklinton, LA 70438) on Sunday October 4th from 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm. A graveside funeral service with military honors will take place, following the visitation on Sunday, at the Stateline United Pentecostal Church Cemetery (494 Simon Road, Tylertown, MS 39667) with Rev. Brandon Wilkins officiating.