A native of Riceville and a longtime resident of Athens, he was a son of the late Lester and Inez Womac McKinney. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Barbara Hammond and a brother-in-law, Ray Gene Swafford.
He founded McKinney Excavating Incorporated in 1957. He was a member of the Alhambra Shriners where he served on the motor patrol. He was also a member of the musical group The Country Sounds.
Survivors include one daughter, Jamie McKinney of Knoxville; one son and daughter-in-law, Brian McKinney and his wife, Mari, of Athens; six grandchildren: Katryn McKinney, Luke McKinney, Breanna McKinney, Madilyn McKinney, Stewart Wilkerson, and wife, Lindsey, and Hunter Wilkerson; one sister, Emma Lou Swafford of Decatur; one brother and sister-in-law, Jimmy McKinney and wife, Sherry, of Niota; one brother-in-law, Marvin Hammond of Athens; one aunt, Geneva Moses of Athens; nieces and nephew: Remonda Swafford-Alleyne, Dee-Dee Klein, Shawna Brazzell, and Dustin McKinney; and caregiver, Grant Boucher Pellissier.
The funeral will be held at 7 p.m. today, Jan. 28, 2013, at First Baptist Church of Athens with Dr. Jason Clark officiating.
Burial will be 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Upper Spring Creek Cemetery in Riceville.
Serving as pallbearers will be Frank Ferguson, Wayne Covington, Tony Jackson, Sidney Kean, Ron Michaels, David Holland, Dan Sheffey, and Melvin Baker. Honorary pallbearers will be Kenneth Benton, Jim Benton, and Don Shelton.
The family of Mack McKinney will receive friends today from 4 to 7 p.m. prior to the service at First Baptist Church of Athens.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Shriners Children’s Hospital, 1900 Richmond Road, Lexington KY 40502.
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