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Speck Funeral Home - William Winningham

March 3, 1959 ~ November 11, 2020 (age 61)

Obituary

Graveside Services for Mr. William Lansden Winningham, Jr. better known as "Billy Kidd", age 61, of Knoxville will be conducted 11 a.m., Saturday, November 21, 2020 from the Good Hope Annex Cemetery.  Rev. James Shenko will officiate.  The family will welcome friends at the graveside.

Billy passed from this life on Wednesday, November 11, 2020 from his residence in Knoxville.  He was born in Livingston, Tennessee on March 3, 1959 to the late Vice Mayor of Livingston Bill Winningham & Barbara Lynn Bugg Winningham.

Billy Kidd was a staple in the Knoxville area as one of the longest running DJ's for 103.5 WIMZ.  Inducted into the Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame in 2018, Billy greatest joy was the Second Harvest Food Bank, where he gave his heart for the Camping for Cans.  Billy Kidd was surprised in 2017, by the Second Harvest Food Bank by naming a loading dock after him for all his years helping feed the hungry. A 1977 graduate of Livingston Academy, then receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree from UT Knoxville in 1981.  His first radio job was here in Livingston at WLIV AM 920, then to Jet 107.1 in Monterey, Tennessee, from there he would spend the next 30 years to Knoxville's Classic Rock 103.5.  Billy was very devoted to helping others, and used the power of radio to get the job done.

In addition to his parents, Billy was preceded in death by his brother, Scott Winningham.

Pallbearers to serve are Pat Officer, Mike Officer, David Dale, Rex Dale, Preston Coffman, and Paul David Roe.

Memorial Donations In Memory of William "Billy Kidd" may be made to the  secondharvestetn.org   Smokymountainservicedogs.org  Shilohriders.com

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we ask that all guest wear masks and practice social distancing throughout the services.  We thank you for your cooperation.  

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