William Atkins Kinsey was born Jan. 1, 1936 to Rollie Kinsey and Ruby Atkins Kinsey. He was the oldest of four siblings until God called him home on April 10, 2013.
Will, as he was affectionately called by family and friends, accepted Christ at an early age and united with Mt. Calm Baptist Church. Later in life, he became a member of Valley Springs Baptist Church.
Will Kinsey was a graduate of Webster High School Class of 1956. Upon graduation, Will joined the United States Army where he faithfully served our country.
Soon after fulfilling his military service and receiving an honorable discharge, he married Evonne Clark and to this union four kids were born. In 1981, he united in marriage to Helen Banks Williams, and to this union one son was born and he reared one son and a daughter.
Will became employed with Louisiana Army Ammunition Plant on "S" and "C" Line until its closure. Never one to sit idly after retirement, he was employed with OJ's Grocery Store Meat Department and Evergreen Services.
Will was a wonderful husband and father. He loved everybody. Will took pride in all he did and encouraged others to do the same.
Outside of work and church, Will loved being with family and sitting out with his brothers-in-law and nephews. He was full of wisdom and loved sharing it with others. He was a stranger to none and a friend to all.
Will departed this life April 10. He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Patricia Kinsey.
Will Kinsey leaves to cherish his memories his loving wife, Helen Banks Kinsey; three sons, Travis Kinsey (Virginia), Darrell Banks (Oreata) and Shannon Williams (Sheredela); three daughters, Evelyn Mitchell, Silvia Gray and Sheridan Oliver; 18 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; one brother, Raliegh Kinsey (Alice Faye); two sisters, Gladys Jones and Margie Emerson (Nathan); and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 20, at 11 a.m. at St. Rest Baptist Church with Rev. Ray D. Jiles, Pastor of Valley Springs Baptist Church, officiating.
Interment will follow at the Sheppard Street Cemetery.
Visitation will be Friday, April 19 in the chapel of Kennon's Mortuary from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. with family hour from 6 until 7 p.m.