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John Cullinane McKeon Jr.

14 octobre 19415 janvier 2021
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John Cullinane (Mickey) McKeon Jr. (79) of Charlotte passed away January 5, 2021. Born in Providence, RI on October 14, 1941 he was the son of John C McKeon & Addie Sue Limerick McKeon.

Mickey grew up in the area now called NODA on East 36th St. He graduated from Central High School in 1959. He joined the USAF in January 1960 with four of his best friends and became a morse intercept operator with tours in Korea and on the Island of Crete, Greece. He was hired as a letter carrier with the USPS in 1963 and was promoted to Delivery Superintendent in 1981 at the Park Rd post office. In 1982 he was promoted to Superintendent of Postal Operations at the Belmont Post Office. In 1985 he was promoted to Postmaster, Belmont, NC where he remained until retirement.

Mickey graduated from CPCC in December 1975 with Associates Degree in Business Administration. He also served in the NC Air National Guard in 1971 and retired as Senior MSgt in 1991.

Mickey was preceded in death by his wife of 39 years, Betty Barringer McKeon. He is survived by his sons John Martin McKeon and Phillip Michael (Joy) McKeon; grandson Zachary Barringer McKeon; sisters Patricia (Joseph) Swann of Mint Hill and Jacquline Rion of Lexington; many wonderful nieces, nephews, grand nieces and nephews.

A private Graveside Service will be held on Monday, January 11, 2021 at Sharon Memorial Park with Pastor Scott Suskovic officiating. Due to current restrictions with the covid-19 virus the graveside service will be for family members only.

Flowers can be sent to McEwen Funeral Service at Sharon Memorial Park. Memorials can be made to Disabled American Veterans at http://www.dav.org.

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Jay and Miriam Morrison

11 janvier , 2021

Marty and Michael, our sympathy to you on the sudden death of your dad. Your dad was a special part of our life for the past five years. We enjoyed fun dinners with our Christ Lutheran dinner group for two years, Prime Timers dinners at our house, celebrating our Libra birthdays in October, and enjoying a friendship with Nancy. He always helped shop for school supplies for the McClintock kids and assembled bags of supplies with the McKnight guys. He was a real giver. We celebrated his birthday by taking him out for dinner and celebrated an early Christmas with his favorite corned beef and cabbage in Guinness beer. We wish we could have celebrated his life with you today and could have said goodbye. Your memories of your yesterdays with your dad will be a comfort for your tomorrows as God holds you close and as we do in prayer. Have a Guinness toast in his Guinness mug we got him for his birthday! Hugs! Jay an Miriam Morrison York, SC

Jenni Fowler Hardison

9 janvier , 2021

Marty and Michael, my heart goes out to you both over the loss of your precious daddy. I have so many good memories of our families spending time together throughout our childhoods. Both of your parents were kind and outgoing and never met a stranger. Your mom passed away well before her time, but I can still hear her voice to this day. Your dad was funny and witty and always made me smile. They were both close to my parents who loved them dearly. My dad always looked forward to phone calls from Mickey. Their last talk was right before his passing, and my dad will store those words in his heart forever. May God comfort you both and give you His peace in the weeks and months ahead. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. — ❤️ Jenni (Fowler)

Sandra Allen Burns

9 janvier , 2021

So sorry to hear this sad news. I remember Mickey with fondness. We went to our senior prom together ❤
With sincere sympathy,
Sandra Allen Burns

Clayton Barker

8 janvier , 2021

They don’t make them like Mr. McKeon anymore. He was a great man. I grew up next door to him for almost 20 years, and couldn’t ask for a better neighbor. He made sure our grass was kept to “his” liking, tried making us tar heel fans (that didn’t work), and always willing to help anyone in need. I was a big Duke fan and he didn’t like that. If Duke lost a game, I would wake up in the morning to go to school and he would have newspaper articles taped to my car saying what a disappointment the blue devils were last night. Hard to put into words what a great man he was. He will be greatly missed!!

Kathy Jones

7 janvier , 2021

John, fondly known to me & others as "Animal" because he did EVERYTHING with fervor & spontaneity. He became a close family friend when shortly in Cardiac Rehab post his first cardiac event at 45 yo. He was angry "I do everything right, I exercise, eat ok, ...". The truth is, I think he was there to help us- others that needed a push to start exercising, someone to confide in or just to show how much fun Cardiac Rehab could be. The volleyball games were notorious on Fridays, we couldn't wait, especially for those of us with a competitive winning spirit. No question, Animal was there to WIN.
We became family friends from the late 1980's to current. Going the Independence High School-cold nights for Marty's football games, UNC games-Beatty's notorious tailgate food brisket my husband's alltime favorite, Appalachian to move Michael in for freshman year.
We shared the most fabulous beach vacations-Beatty's notorious packing the car, she left NOTHING behind.Long walks became competetive -racing back to the condo. He always beat me- long legs & an efficent runner. We experienced the BEST cross country car trips EVER-Tahoe, San Francisco,Maine, RI. There was never a shortage of laughter, joy & pure excitement. We were honored to share his return to Providence, RI to visit his childhood home. Card games were legendary.He and I, always partners, because we would overbid our hands. We were accused of cheating & sore LOSERS. Many New Year Eve's spent together were legendary, as we got older, we often fell asleep on the couch before midnight-always with our HAPPY NEW YEAR HATS intact. I have NEVER met a man more tenacious, determined & willing to "beat" whatever challenge was infront of him.
Animal Lover. Talk to Anyone.
Rest easy, my angel, no more tears, no more pain, no more limitations. You ARE a NEW BODY in CHRIST. Absent with the body present with the Lord. YOU, my friend, are there!!! You are loved & will be terribly missed. I Love you Love, Kathy Jones, ACNP-BC

Mike McKeon

7 janvier , 2021

Phillip Nelms

6 janvier , 2021

First I want to say to Marty and Michael that I loved and respected your father far more than you will ever know. You see it was meant to be for Mickey and I to be friends. We met for the first time attending CPCC . We found out that Mickey grew up with my wife ( Vicki Nelson). When he found out he thought I was kidding. You see our bond was meant to be. This bond lasted over 40 years. Our families became close as well.
This past year Mickey was able to come to Colorado and visit us. It was cut short as he was not feeling well. I will cherish that visit forever, no matter how short it was. Now my great buddy will be able to see his love of his life, his wife Betty.
Michael, Marty I hope you will always keep in touch. Michael you make sure you share all the great things about your father with your son. When we talked frequently he always beamed about Zachary and how proud of him he was.
In getting through this hard time just remember your father has now joined your Mom and they both can be a piece,
God bless you and your family.
Thanks for sharing your Mom and your Dad with me.
Phil Nelms
Castle Rock, Colorado

Tina Suddreth

6 janvier , 2021

Dearest Michael and Marty...I am so broken hearted to hear of your father's passing! Our dad's were life time friend's! He was there when my daddy passed! So many wonderful memories that it would be difficult to list here...what an incredible legacy of love and kindness he leaves behind! I know he is dancing with your Mom! May he rest peacefully in Heaven!!!
Love in Christ,
Tina

Chuck Rice

6 janvier , 2021

No words can express the shock of hearing of the loss to you both of your dad. Knowing Kathie and your Mom were waiting to welcome him home brings me comfort. Let me know if I can be of any help to you during this time. Chuck

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