William Lansden “Billy Kidd’’ Winningham Jr.
Graveside services for Mr. William Lansden Winningham, Jr., better known as “Billy Kidd”, 61, of Knoxville, will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 21, 2020, from Good Hope Annex Cemetery with Rev. James Shenko officiating. The family will welcome friends at the graveside.
Billy passed from this life Wednesday, November 11, 2020, from his residence in Knoxville.
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’s greatest joy was the Second Harvest Food Bank, where he gave his heart for Camping for Cans. Billy Kidd was surprised in 2017 by Second Harvest Food Bank by naming a loading dock after him for all his years helping feed the hungry.
He was a 1977 graduate of Livingston Academy, then received a Bachelor of Science Degree from UT Knoxville in 1981. His first radio job was in Livingston at WLIV AM 920, then to Jet 107.1 in Monterey. 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.
Born March 3, 1959, in Livingston, he was the son of the late Vice Mayor of Livingston Bill Winningham and Barbara Lynn Bugg Winningham.
In addition to his parents, Billy was preceded in death by a brother, Scott Winningham.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, guests are asked to wear masks and practice social distancing throughout the services.
Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)