Family, friends celebrate Will McKamey's life

Family, friends celebrate Will McKamey's life at funeral and on social media

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The hashtag #LiveLikeWill has hundreds of posts and comments. The hashtag #LiveLikeWill has hundreds of posts and comments.
The Navy Sports website homepage was dedicated to the life of Will McKamey Monday, showing his football number of 41 and the slogan "Live Like Will." The Navy Sports website homepage was dedicated to the life of Will McKamey Monday, showing his football number of 41 and the slogan "Live Like Will."

By STEPHANIE BEECKEN
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Family and friends joined together in Knoxville Monday to celebrate the life of Will McKamey as he was laid to rest.

The Naval Academy and former Grace Christian Academy football player died Tuesday night while in a coma. He collapsed at football practice a few days earlier.

In his 19 years, McKamey touched the lives of thousands of people.  The love and support for him and his family is evident from the turnout at the viewing and posts on social media.

The Navy Sports website homepage was dedicated to the life of Will McKamey Monday, showing his football number of 41 and the slogan "Live Like Will."

On Facebook, the hashtag #LiveLikeWill has hundreds of posts and comments.

The United States Naval Academy - Third Company posted a photo saying some of their members were in Knoxville supporting Will and his family.

At the viewing, some of the Navy football team was in attendance along with hundreds of other friends and family of McKamey.

The flag at Grace Baptist Church was at half staff.

The church is using McKamey's photo as a profile picture and posted a message Monday saying, "Our prayers are with the McKamey family."

Grace Christian Rams Football also posted "Live Like Will" and a Bible verse, Romans 12:12, which reads: "Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer."

On Twitter, around the time of the funeral, there were around 300 tweets with the hashtag #LiveLikeWill.

One tweet read: Much respect for @NavyAthletics for making the trip down to Knoxville to honor Will McKamey. It was heart warming!"

Another person wrote: "Saddest sight just now was the funeral procession for Will McKamey.  Followed by two charter buses with Navy midshipmen."

One man tweeted that during the funeral, family spoke of Will's character writing: "When we looked thru Will's wallet and cell phone everything was pure."

Many #livelikewill tweets also talked about how Will is gone too soon, but left a bigger impact on this world than he imagined.

The hashtag has been used almost 12,000 times since March 25. Everyone is saying he was an amazing young man, strong in faith and character, who will be deeply missed.

The burial ceremony was private.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for donations to the Live Like Will Foundation, which supports people with Cerebral Palsy.

Checks should be made out to Grace Baptist Church with "LIVELIKEWILL" on the memo line.

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