Charles Billy McKaig

Published 2:23 pm Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Charles Billy McKaig, 80, formerly of 15 North Wall Rd., Tryon, died in Autumn Care Nursing Home, Saluda.

Born in Spartanburg, S.C., he was the son of the late James B. and Katie Ross McKaig. He was the widower of Dorothy Arnett McKaig, who died in 2001. A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, having served in the Korean Conflict and Vietnam War, he retired after 21 years of service as a chief master sergeant.

He returned to Polk County in 1979, working as a supervisor at Barnett Southern for approximately 16 years. After retirement, Mr. McKaig served for four years as a Polk County commissioner. He volunteered for a number of organizations including coaching football as well as Little League and Senior League baseball. He was an active member in the Tryon School System Boosters Club and PTA. Bill was a member of the Mill Creek Church of the Brethren, Green Creek. Surviving are: a son, Charles Bryan McKaig of Columbus; two daughters, Nancy and Pamela McKaig, both of Tryon; two brothers, Jesse Fred McKaig of Wake Forest, N.C., and Franklin McKaig of Tryon; three sisters, Edna Morrow and Katherine Garrett, both of Tryon, and Barbara Edwards of Johnson City, Tenn. Also surviving are two granddaughters, Kelsey and Courtney. He was preceded in death by siblings Lloyd, Floyd, James and Thelma Jean.

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Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, October 27, in the McFarland Funeral Chapel, Tryon, with Dr. Darryl E. Maxwell officiating.

Burial with military honors will be in Polk Memorial Gardens, Columbus.

Family will receive friends from 1 to 2p.m. just prior to the funeral in the McFarland Funeral Chapel.

Family will be at the home of a sister, Edna McKaig Roach, 313 Hidden Hill Road, Tryon, N.C. 28782.

An online guest register may be signed at

McFarland Funeral Chapel, Tryon.