Kenneth "Zeke" Allen McKinney

23 January, 19531 August, 2021

On Sunday, August 1, 2021, Kenneth "Zeke" Allen McKinney, loving husband, father, son, brother, uncle, and friend, passed away at the age of 68.

Zeke was born on January 23, at Mary Elizabeth hospital in Raleigh, North Carolina to Horace "Bones" and Edna (Stell) McKinney, the fifth of six children. He graduated from Grimsley High School and attended Guilford College where he played basketball. Zeke served in the Army as a military policeman at Schofield Barracks in Oahu, Hawaii. He worked at UPS for 19 years, but he really dedicated his life to his family, always showing up to help out when anything was needed. On December 10, 1982, Zeke married Mary Longenecker and together they had one daughter, Kelsey.

Zeke loved dogs, the beach, and basketball. After he retired from UPS, he began volunteering as a dog walker at the SPCA of Wake County. He delighted in relaying stories to his family about all the dogs he got to meet. Zeke enjoyed sitting in the backyard with Mary, watching the birds and playing with their two dogs, Mallory and Elroy. Zeke and Mary would go to Topsail Island every summer, where Zeke would play frisbee, ride bikes, body surf, and swim like a fish.

Zeke is survived by his wife, Mary, their daughter, Kelsey, and her husband, his five siblings, Katrin, Karen, Kittie, Kay, and Al, and many nieces and nephews.

The memorial will be held at Ritter Park, 301 Lochmere Dr., Cary, NC 27518, on Friday, September 24, 2021, at 1:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Healing Transitions, 1251 Goode St, Raleigh, NC 27603 or the SPCA of Wake County, 200 Petfinder Ln, Raleigh, NC 27603.

For more information about the memorial service and donations, please visit - please keep in mind that the site will continue to be updated as decisions continue to be made.

Services provided by Brown-Wynne, 300 St. Mary's Street, Raleigh.


24 September

Memorial Service

1:00 pm

Ritter Park

301 Lochmere Dr
Cary, NC 27518


Kenneth "Zeke" Allen McKinney

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Drina Hedgpeth

9 August 2021

I remember good times with the family when I was a student at Wake Forest and visited many times.

Ed Harris

9 August 2021

Kenny was a year behind me at Grimsley but we became friends and shared lots of laughs. He was a riot and I feel really guilty of not keeping in touch with such a great guy. I remember playing hoops in my driveway and I thought I was pretty good because I knew where all the cracks were and how the ball would come off the backboard. That “pretty good” changed the first time that Kenny came over and we played one on one. As I recall, he beat me 21 - 1 counting by ones and he let me have a basket because he was such a nice guy. I am happy to have known him. Rest In Peace, buddy!

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