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Beatrice Ridgeway Babb McKee
Beatrice Ridgeway Babb McKee, age 85, of the Hickory Tavern Community, and wife of James William “Billy” McKee, passed away on Saturday, November 30, 2019, at Self Regional Medical Center in Greenwood after an extended battle with Multiple Sclerosis.
Born in Ware Shoals, she was the daughter of the late William Daniel and Bertha Lindley Ridgeway and the step-daughter of Franklin Troy Ridgeway. Mrs. McKee was a graduate of Draughon’s Business College and retired from the US Courts 4th Circuit Court of Appeals as secretary for Honorable Donald Russell. She was a former organist and member of Rabun Creek Baptist Church. Beatrice liked water skiing as a younger adult and always enjoyed camping. She loved her family dearly; especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Surviving in addition to her husband of 50 years are: two daughters, Lisa Holman and husband Mitchell, and Connie DeVuono and husband Jim, both of Hickory Tavern; five grandchildren, Ally DeVuono, Ridge DeVuono, Amanda Smith and husband Shane, Lindsey Krebs and husband Crawford, and Alexis Holman; and three great-grandchildren, Makynli Holman, Avery Smith, and Branton Smith.
In addition to her parents, Beatrice was predeceased by her first husband, William Martin “Will” Babb and a brother, James H. Ridgeway.
Visitation will be held at The Kennedy Mortuary, from 7:00-8:30 pm on Sunday, December 1, 2019.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, December 2, 2019, at Rabun Creek Baptist Church conducted by Rev. Jayson Payne and Rev. Alex Henderson with burial following in the church cemetery.
The family will be at the home of Lisa and Mitchell Holman, 2859 Bolt Road, Gray Court, SC 29645.
Memorials may be made to Rabun Creek Baptist Church, 17045 Highway 101 South, Gray Court, SC 29645.
Condolences may be expressed online at www.thekennedymortuary.com.
I am so sorry for your loss. I am praying for all of you during this time. Love, Michelle Penland
Michelle Penland Dec 2 2019 12:00 AM
Lisa, Connie & families - So sorry to learn of Bea's passing. She was a wonderful and lovely lady. May the Lord grant you comfort and peace during this difficult time.
Roslyn Stoddard Dec 2 2019 12:00 AM
Lisa and Mitch just found out of Mrs. B's death. Was so sorry to hear. Her longevity is a tribute to each of you for the care she received. Love all of you/your family. Will be praying for all of you
Becki and Randy Holcombe Dec 2 2019 12:00 AM
Lisa and family, so sorry to hear about your precious Mothers passing. We are praying for you. May GOD grant you the comfort and peace that you will all need in the coming days. And May HE give you the calm assurance that there will one day be a wonderful reunion in a land where there death will never come again, nor sickness, nor tears........
Love you very much,
James and Donnis Quinn
Donnis Quinn Dec 1 2019 12:00 AM
Dear Family, I am so sorry to read of Beatrice`s passing.
She is my first cousin. My late Mom was Nannie Ridgeway, A sister to Bill & Troy.
I always thought Bea was such a beautiful lady when I was young. May God bless and give you peace.Bea is the third cousin passing this year ,We also lost Bill Boiter And Onie Martin.
Bill Morse Dec 1 2019 12:00 AM
Lisa and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you during this time. May God grant you peace. Love in Christ. John & Catherine Holder
Catherine Holder Dec 1 2019 12:00 AM