Dr. William Kenneth Ghee

William Kenneth Ghee, 91, of Waco, passed away peacefully July 29, 2020 in Waco.

Memorial Service: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, August 8, 2020 at Crossroads Church

Bill, affectionately referred to as “Corky” by his family, was born in Ethel, West Virginia to Olive and Frank Ghee on March 6, 1929.

He graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1952 with a B.S. in Commerce and then served in the U.S. Navy until he was honorably discharged in 1955. He went on to earn an M.B.A. in Finance from Syracuse University and later his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Ghee was a tenured professor at Baylor University, where he taught insurance and finance classes in the Hankamer School of Business.

Bill had a passion for teaching and was an avid sports fan, but his greatest pleasure was being with his family. He was a loving husband and father and had a wonderful sense of humor. He is remembered by his family and friends for his generosity, his storytelling, and for being one of the few people on the planet to possess all five love languages.

Bill was preceded in death by his first wife, Constance Pritt Ghee, in 1994.

He is survived by his wife, Martha Ghee; his daughters, Karen Ghee Segrist and Stacy Ghee Bennett; their spouses, Khris Segrist and Craig Bennett; his step-sons, Charlie Sligh and Chase Sligh; their spouses, Kim Sligh and Stacy Sligh; and his grandchildren, Kacy Segrist, Will Segrist, Natalie Bennett, Caleb Bennett, Isaac Sligh, Max Sligh, Kyndal Sligh, and Lillie Sligh. He is also survived by his sister, Mary Olive Elder.

Bill will be missed, but his legacy lives on in the people he loved.

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Condolence Messages

  1. MArgaret Chico-Eddy

    Corky, I will miss you for the rest of my like and I have loved you, dear cousin, my whole life. ML

  2. So sorry to read of your loss. He was one of the great Hankamer teachers who contributed so much as members of FBC Woodway. What a great family man.

  3. Adam and Wilma Cassol

    Bill opened his home to his students at Va Tech. His interest in their success was amazing.
    He enjoyed organizing and playing softball with his church family.
    He was extremely proud of his family and provided many opportunities for their success.
    Bill was an asset to the community and a great neighbor.

  4. Baylor Scott & White Hospice

    Dear Ghee Family,
    The Baylor Scott & White Hospice team would like to extend to you our deepest sympathy. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  5. Virginia Ghee Mullaney

    Corky was my cousin, his father Frank being the oldest brother of my dad Clyde Ghee born 1901. I met him only once on a visit from our home in Louisville, Ky. to Grandma Ghee’s house in Ethel. I did hear about his accomplishments through the years about which the family was very proud. His was a life well lived. (I graduated from U of K in 1960 ) I have an old photo of Corky’s dad Frank in a group school picture at the one room school house they attended near Rush, Ky. He looks about six years old. His brother Millard is also in the photo. If the family would like a copy, I would be happy to send one.
    My sincere condolences to his family. It’s difficult to experience the passing of those we love.

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