Obituary: Kim Washam


Kim Washam of Newport departed this life on Wednesday, July 15, 2020, at the age of 69. She was born January 22, 1951, in Newport, the daughter of Charles Edward and Mary Elizabeth (McCoy) McKee.

On November 29, 1969, Kim McKee married Don Washam, and together they spent 50 years raising their family in Newport.

She was a 1969 graduate of Newport High School and was best known for making cakes and cookies with her parents at Nanny’s Bakery. She was active in her community as a member of the Newport Service League.

She loved her family, and enjoyed dress shopping with her daughters and granddaughters, and taking outings with her mother and sisters. She was considered everyone’s “big sister”, and Dr. Phil, based on her selfless ability to help and give advice. She was young at heart, always patient and kind, and will be sorely missed by her family and friends.

She was a member of the Holden Avenue Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her father, Charles Edward McKee.

She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Don Washam of the home; three children, Donnie Washam and wife, Stephanie, of Tuckerman, Mindy Washam Schulz and husband, Donnie, of Newport, and Melissa Washam Kieffner and husband, Brad, of Newport; her mother, Mary Elizabeth (McCoy) McKee of Newport; one brother, Stan McKee and wife, Betty, of Newport; three sisters, Pam Moore and husband, Randy of Newport, Beth Jones and husband, Eddie of Newport, and Sandy Hefner and husband, Steve, of Jonesboro; seven grandchildren, Bryson Schulz and wife, Bree, Hayden Schulz, Lacy Schulz, Reagan Washam, Sadie Washam, Ben Washam, and Reese Kieffner; one great-grandchild, James Allen Schulz; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and a lifetime of friends.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 18, at the Holden Avenue Church of Christ, with interment in Walnut Grove Cemetery. Friends may visit at the church, Saturday morning, 9:00 a.m. until service time.

Those honored to serve as pallbearers are Trey Metzger, Davis Jones, Ryan Renard, Alex McIntosh, Chip Youngblood, Tony Shelton, Billy Keedy, and Sean George.

Please follow state mandates regarding COVID-19, which include wearing a mask, and maintaining social distance.

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