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James Kenneth ‘Kenny’ McQuillan Jr., 65, longshoreman who worked 30 years on the docks

James Kenneth 'Kenny' McQuillan Jr.
James Kenneth ‘Kenny’ McQuillan Jr.

WILMINGTON — Mr. James Kenneth “Kenny” McQuillan Jr., 65, departed this life Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, at Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCare Center. Son of the late James Kenneth McQuillan Sr. and Dorothy McQuillan, he was born Nov. 25, 1953, in Wilmington.

Kenny completed elementary and junior high school in Brooklyn, New York. Upon returning to Wilmington, he attended John T. Hoggard High School.

Kenny began his working career as a maintenance engineer at Houston Moore Housing Authority. He was later employed at Singer Coil Division for several years. He retired from working around 30 years on the docks as a longshoreman with ILA Local 1426, Woodrow Jenkins Gang. In his spare time, Kenny enjoyed fishing, playing cards, watching westerns, rooting for his favorite NFL team, the Dallas Cowboys and spending time with family, friends and loved ones.

Kenny joined Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church in 1994 under the leadership of the Rev. Dr. Albert L. Gee. He enjoyed singing with the men’s choir.

In addition to his parents, Kenny was preceded in death by two brothers, Lloyd Richard McQuillan and Alvin McQuillan; and niece, Sheryce Wright.

Kenny is survived by his beloved and devoted wife, Sandra Rice McQuillan of the home; children, James K. McQuillan III, Ancuinette Zarco (Raul), ArJay Brown, Shawn Brown, Demetrius Jones, Tyrell Williams (Leticia) and Delilah Williams; stepchildren, Secile Keaton, Lavel Keaton and Shellery Joy; 15 grandchildren, nine step-grandchildren and four step-great-grandchildren; sisters, Alma Janette Wright of Wilmington, Dorothea McQuillan of Jacksonville, Florida, and Martha McQuillan Crawford of Wilmington; brother, Craig (Darlene) McQuillan of Bolton; sisters-in-law, Rosa Vera (Juan) of Greenville, South Carolina, Vanessa Kambeya (Kambeya) of Covington, Georgia, and Brenda Batts of New Orleans; brother-in-law, Cedric Rice of Fayetteville; aunts, Shirley Hill, Frances (Freddy) Elder and Betty Lou Davis, all of Wilmington; special nephew, Armond Wright; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 13, at Andrews Mortuary Valley Chapel with a brief memorial from 6 to 6:30 p.m. prior to visitation. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 14, at Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church, Princess Place Drive.

Share online condolences with the family at Andrews Mortuary & Crematory.

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