William McKinney Jr, was born to the late William McKinney Sr. and Isadora McKinney on May 18, 1945 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. He transitioned to Glory on Wednesday, June 23, 2021. William was affectionately known as "Mac" to his family and friends.
He received his education at Atlantic City public schools and was a proud member of the Atlantic City High School, Class of 1963. He was loyal to his high school and loved to attend the reunions to reconnect with his classmates. He also served as a Mason with the Pythagoras Masonic Lodge No. 74 in Gaithersburg, MD. After high school, Mac enlisted in the United State Navy. He served his country and received an honorable discharge.
He met the love of his life, Vivian Capers, in Atlantic City at a social event. From this union his pride and joy, William McKinney Ill (Billy) and Danita McKinney (Dani) were born. William and Vivian recently celebrated 55 blissful years together.
In early 1976 Mac relocated his family to Gaithersburg, Maryland where he worked as an Engineer for the Records Division at Lockheed Martin Corporation, formerly known as IBM. After retiring from IBM, he joined Rainbow Ministries and became active in community outreach along with his wife to include collecting and distributing clothing and food for people in need.
"Mac" will always be remembered for his quiet spirit, dry sense of humor and the way he told a great story that you later realized was a really joke. He was dedicated to his faith and treasured his family and friends. Everyone who knew Mac knows how much he loved his jazz, R&B music, the Pittsburg Steelers and spending time with his family.
He leaves to cherish his memory and anticipate a glorious reunion: his loving and devoted wife Vivian; two adoring children, William Alexander McKinney Ill (Lynn) and Danita Lynn Briscoe (Terry); five grandchildren, Alliyah McKinney, Saffiyah Taylor, Malik McKinney, Nina Briscoe and Rae Briscoe; one great-grandchild, Zara Chambers; an adopted son, Donzell 'Dino' Brown; two sisters, Patricia Jefferson and Carolyn Bobo; his aunt, Merle Bryant and uncle, Pete Nelson; special friends and family, Calvin Christy, Harry Phillips and Leon Bryant; a host of other relatives and friends.
Mac will truly be missed by his family and friends. Words cannot express the love and adoration we will carry for him for the rest of our lives.
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