James O. “Jimmy” McKinney, 71, of Elizabethton, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, January 20, 2013, at Sycamore Shoals Hospital.
A native of Carter County, he was a son of the late Dayton Lloyd McKinney and Hazel Retha Hill McKinney Arnold.
Jimmy was a 1959 graduate of Happy Valley High School. He was retired as Maintenance Supervisor with the Elizabethton Housing Agency.
Jimmy was a member of the Valley Forge Free Will Baptist Church. His love in life was helping others. He loved fishing, hunting, guns and riding his motorcycle.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Mary Gay Grindstaff McKinney; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Nathaniel McKinney, Spartanburg, S.C., and Carroll and Sandra McKinney, Elizabethton; three nephews, Scott McKinney, James Grindstaff and Jeremy Grindstaff; a niece, Adrianne Grindstaff; two great-nieces, Taylor Grindstaff and Heather Harrison; a great-nephew, Josh Grindstaff; and a brother-in-law, Jerry Grindstaff and wife Teresa, Elizabethton.
Funeral services for Mr. McKinney will be conducted at 7 p.m. Wednesday, January 23, at Memorial Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Randy Johnson and the Rev. Mark Potter officiating. Music will be provided by Carolyn Pleasant. Graveside services and interment will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 24, at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the funeral home at 10:20 a.m. Thursday, will be Jerry Grindstaff, Jeremy Grindstaff, James Grindstaff, Richard Lyons, Kelly Geagley, Jeff Kelly, Johnny Holder and David Bulla. Honorary pallbearers will be the church families that he had been associated with during the years, and the staff and residents of Pine Ridge Circle and South Hills. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Friends may also visit with the family at his residence. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 10:20 a.m. Thursday to go to the cemetery. Condolences to the McKinney family may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.