Dr. William Gene “Doc” McConnell
By Kim Swindell Wood | May 16, 2019 4:16 pm
Last Updated: May 16, 2019 at 4:30 pm
Dr. William Gene “Doc” McConnell, 95, formerly of Sparta, passed away March 12, 2019, in Crossville.
Dr. McConnell was born Oct. 17, 1923, in Council Grove, Kansas, to Charles Martin McConnell and Aida Whitely McConnell.
He was their first of two sons. He was a fighter pilot instructor in the U.S. Navy, in World War II. He practiced and was the owner of White County Veterinary Clinic for over 30 years.
He loved to spend time with friends and family over good food and telling tales of his youth, his Navy days, and memorable veterinary calls. He spent countless hours playing bridge and other card games. Most of all, he loved watching any sporting event, in person or televised, with those friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, of 38 years, Marilyn Woods McConnell; his second wife, of 22 years, Ruth Nixon McConnell; and his brother, Charles E. McConnell.
He is survived by his daughter, Leeanne Hargrove; his grandson, William Hargrove; and his stepdaughter, Connie Stone.
Dr. McConnell’s memorial service will be 10 a.m., May 31, 2019, at Sparta First United Methodist Church.
Memorial donations may be made to your local Humane Society, SPCA, or animal shelter, or the charity of your choice instead of sending flowers.
Hunter Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.