Richard Earl McKinney, age 91, born January 20, 1931 in Roswell, NM, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on March 6, 2022. He was a member of Sneedville First Baptist Church.
Born in a farmhouse, Richard’s rugged start in life characterized his life to follow. Suffering an early bout with rheumatic fever and subsequent resulting complications, medical doctors of the day declared that Richard wouldn’t live to be 21 years of age. They sure were wrong about that! Richard displayed an early affinity with machines when at the age of three when he got into his father’s set of tools and tore down the family tractor leaving the parts spread apart in the yard. He was always curious about how things work. This curiosity and natural talent bore fruit in his work as he only ever strove for excellence.
Service characterized Richard’s life. He served his country as a sergeant in the National Guard from which he retired after 22 years of service. As a contractor he built, repaired, or maintained homes for others. As a realtor he helped people find their homes. As a home inspector he helped assure people the quality of the homes they purchased. However, the highlight of his life was to help people and to give them an opportunity to receive Jesus. This ultimately led to Richard being ordained as a Minister where he established a helps ministry.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Henry and Julia (Scott) McKinney; son, Michael Darren McKinney; daughter, Valerie Michelle Citty (married to Mark Citty), and grandson, Mitchell Citty
He is survived by;
His wife of 50 years; Nancy (Rodden) McKinney
Sons; Gus Allen McKinney (married to Megumi (Chiba) McKinney) and Mark Andrew McKinney
Daughter; Marjory Leah Rosenbury (married to Charles Christopher Rosenbury)
Grandsons; David Michael Merritt (married to Brandy Merritt) Jonathan Neal Davis (married to Kristen Davis) and Christopher Allen Rosenbury (married to Sarah Rosenbury)
Granddaughters; Sera and Maya McKinney
Great-Grandchildren; Gabriel and Victoria Rosenbury
Special thanks to Amedisys, Holston Mannor, the VA, friend and neighbor Lana Tefft, and Pastor Dustin Jesse without whose help we would have found it more difficult getting through this time.
A memorial will be held at a later date.
Online condolences can be made at www.mcneilfuneralhome.com
McNeil Funeral Home in Sneedville in charge of arrangements
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