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Kenneth "Ken" Rodney Willingham

Kenneth "Ken" Rodney Willingham
  • March 27, 1939 - May 27, 2021
  • Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
  • First Baptist Church of Charleston
    48 Meeting Street
    Charleston, SC 29401
  • Citadel Foundation
    171 Moultrie Street
    Charleston, SC 29407

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“I had the honor and pleasure to get to know Ken through his leadership with the South Carolina Trucking Association. He was truly a genuine, kind,...Read More »
1 of 20 | Posted by: Hannah Davis - Work

“Fond memories growing up with my Godfather. Sending many thoughts and prayers to Mrs. Kay. ”
2 of 20 | Posted by: Angie Wiggins - Wilmington, NC

“Ken was always at church every Sunday with a warm hand shack And infectious smile..My family and Carol's truly loved Ken and it is. God's Blessing to...Read More »
3 of 20 | Posted by: William Koopman - Charleston, SC

“Dear Kay, Ken and I send our sincere sympathy and prayers as you face the loss of Ken. We treasure our many years being your next door neighbors in...Read More »
4 of 20 | Posted by: Linda and Ken Shortridge

“Sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Willingham. Mrs. Willingham was my 5yr old kindergarten teacher many years ago. Being married for 60years is a...Read More »
5 of 20 | Posted by: Jimmy Lazar - Charleston, SC

“Kay, we were sad to learn of Ken's passing. He was a caring and compassionate man. Ken was loved by everyone who knew him, a true friend. Kay, Our...Read More »
6 of 20 | Posted by: Joyce & Floyd Tyler - SC - Friend

“We are so sorry to hear about Ken's passing. We always enjoyed spending time with Ken and Kay at the annual trucking association conferences and...Read More »
7 of 20 | Posted by: Toby & Anne Garrett

“Never forgot Ken drove all the way to Darlington to support our regional safety meeting when he was president of the trucking assoc. I saw him come...Read More »
8 of 20 | Posted by: jim ramsey - Darlington, sc, SC

“My memories go back to those 5:15 AM encounters on Pitt St. with the fellas as they walked and I exercised the dogs. They were always upbeat and told...Read More »
9 of 20 | Posted by: Millie Horton - Mt. Pleasant, SC

“I had the honor of serving on the Governing Board of East Cooper Medical Center with Ken. His energy and guidance were essential to the success of...Read More »
10 of 20 | Posted by: Danny Mullis - Mt. Pleasant, SC

“My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. ”
11 of 20 | Posted by: Kathy Wise - Friend

“We have lost a remarkable and unique man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Kay. Annie Laurie and I have so many wonderful memories of our times...Read More »
12 of 20 | Posted by: David Dorroh - Friend

“Dearest Kay, So very sad to hear of your precious husband, ken, passing. P.O. loved him very much and you both were always in our prayers. Pat Mead ”
13 of 20 | Posted by: Pat Mead - Mount Pleasant, SC

“Kay, I am sorry for your loss. Ken was a fine person and I will miss seeing him. Bubba ”
14 of 20 | Posted by: Bubba Gilmore

“Ken was my Dad's 1961 classmate who I had the honor and privilege of knowing as a fellow alumni and friend who helped me out during my Citadel years ...Read More »
15 of 20 | Posted by: Richard Almes - Mount Pleasant, SC

“So sorry to hear the passing of a long time classmate from The Citadel and good friend. Always appreciated that Ken and Kay opened their home to my...Read More »
16 of 20 | Posted by: Dick Almes - Murrysville, PA

“Ken Willingham served the community with dedication and honor. Absolutely one of the best people to be around. Prayers or his family and many friends. ”
17 of 20 | Posted by: Roy DeHaven - Charleston, SC

“My sympathy to Kay and Toni on Ken's passing. Ken and I served together for several years on the Board of the Charleston Speech and Hearing Center....Read More »
18 of 20 | Posted by: Frank Lee - Charleston, SC

“I will always cherish the time of getting to know Ken and Kay and the dediciation to his wife and the trucking Industry. Our prayers and thoughts are...Read More »
19 of 20 | Posted by: Charlie Tapp - Inman, SC

“We are so sorry for your loss! Our condolences and prayers go out to the family ❤ ”
20 of 20 | Posted by: Newberry Soil & Water Conservation District - SC


Kenneth "Ken" Rodney Willingham, 82, of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, entered into eternal rest Thursday, May 27, 2021. His Funeral Service will be held Friday, June 4, 2021 in J. Henry Stuhr Inc., Mount Pleasant Chapel, 1494 Mathis Ferry Road at 11:00 am. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Mount Pleasant Chapel.

Ken was born March 27, 1939 in Newberry, South Carolina, son of the late Raymond Joe Willingham and Nellie Howard Willingham. Ken was a graduate of the Citadel class of 1961 and served in the Army Corp of Engineers. He became Vice president of Thompson Trucking Company and Wando Concrete. He was Chairman of the SC Trucking Association and a former Deacon of First Baptist Church of Charleston.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Kay Willingham of Mt. Pleasant, SC; sister, Toni Willingham Warren (Richie) of Newberry, SC; two nieces; three nephews; six grand nieces and nephews; and one great grandnephew. He was preceded in death by his sister, Beverly Willingham Witt (Hank) and brother, Raymond Howard Willingham.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Charleston, 48 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29401, The Citadel Foundation, 171 Moultrie St, Charleston, SC 29409, or Roper Hospice Cottage, 676 Wando Park Blvd., Mt. Pleasant, SC, 29464.