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Billy Gene McGinnis

Billy Gene McGinnis
April 8, 1925—September 27, 2018

Billy Gene McGinnis, 93, of Cameron, Missouri, and formerly of Gallatin, Missouri, died Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018, at the Missouri Veteran’s Home in Cameron.

Billy Gene was born on April 8, 1925, in Orrick, Missouri, to Omer Neal and Mattie Ashley (Hall) McGinnis.

Billy was a proud Navy Veteran that served in WWII and was called back to Korea. He worked in a cabinet shop, an appliance and furniture store, delivered ice and was a teller at the Old Trust Company Bank. He moved to Gallatin in 1954. There he managed a hardware store, owned an appliance store, installed carpet and worked for Hope Funeral Home. He started his own floor covering business, built houses and contracted with JC Penney’s for flooring. He was a member of the Methodist Church and the VFW #2172 Frank Frazier Post. He retired and lived at Lake Viking in Gallatin. He moved to Excelsior Springs, Missouri, and then to the Veteran’s Home in Cameron, where he became a greeter and tour guide. He NEVER knew a stranger and nothing was ever his fault.

Survivors include his loving partner: Barbara Davis, of Kearney, Missouri; his son, Rod (Linda) McGinnis, of Hermitage, Missouri; one brother, J.B. (Shirley) McGinnis, of Excelsior Springs; four grandchildren: Abby McGinnis, Scott McGinnis, Tanner Gooding and Whitney (Graham) McCaulley; 11 great-grandchildren; one brother-in-law, John Knapp of Overland Park, Kansas; one son-in-law, Phil Gooding, of Kearney; and many loving nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter Jill Ann Gooding, his sisters: Peggy Dooley and Betty Sue Knapp, and brother-in law Ralph Dooley.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Veteran’s Home Assistance League. They can be dropped off or mailed to the Cameron Veteran’s Home Assistance League, 1111 Euclid Avenue, Cameron, MO 64429.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, in the chapel at the Missouri Veteran’s Home in Cameron. Graveside services with internment will be at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4, at the Missouri State Veteran’s Cemetery, in Higginsville, Missouri.

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Arrangements provided by Thurman Funeral Home in Richmond.

By Standard Staff •

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