Charles Edward McKinney

December 5, 1951June 10, 2018
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Charles Edward McKinney (Chuck) of Cedar Hill passed away June 10, 2018 after a brief illness at UT Southwestern Hospital surrounded by his family and friends. He was born December 5, 1951 in Dallas to William Wayne McKinney Jr. and Erma Lee Caldwell McKinney. He is survived by his wife of 41 years Donna Thompson McKinney; daughter Kristen Michelle Deaton and husband Duff of Denver City; daughter Amy Trammell and husband Clay of Arlington. Grandchildren; Kelly-Ann Deaton, Klaire Deaton, Hunter Trammell and Madeline Kay Trammell. Sister in law Rosa McKinney, along with his aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces , nephews and other extended family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Mr. and Mrs. William Wayne McKinney Jr., his grandparents Mr. and Mrs. William Wayne McKinney Sr. and Mr. and Mrs. Charles L. Caldwell, his in laws Mr. and Mrs. WR Thompson; his brother William Wayne McKinney III; sister in law Diane Thompson; and daughter Kelly Kay McKinney. Chuck graduated from Bryan Adams high school in Dallas in 1969. He went on to attend college at East Texas State University where he was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon.Chuck enjoyed his career as a truck driver for Sears and later Saia Motor Freight for more than 40 plus years. He drove millions of miles across the country. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was an excellent cook and many people thought he missed his calling as a chef. Chuck was a family man. His favorite thing in life was to be with his family and friends. He was a gentle giant who leaves behind a big hole in the hearts of all who loved him. He will be greatly missed.


  • Visitation Friday, June 15, 2018

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Tracy Woodruff

June 13, 2018

Chuck, you were BIGGER than life! It was known that it would be a great time when you were there! Your family is in great hands until you all meet again. Thank you for who you were to me. Rest in peace my friend.

Chris O'Neal

June 13, 2018

My thoughts and prayers to all of Chuck's family and friends.
I first met "W.C." as a young man just getting out on the road driving some 18 years ago. What a blessing it was to meet him and a few others. Even though we all worked for different places, we all ran together each night for years.
Godspeed to you Chuck from all your friends from the I-30 Good Time Gang

Debra Qualls

June 13, 2018

So sorry for y'alls loss. He was a friend of mine & Floyd's aka Boger Red at Sears Linehul. He was such a wonderful and Great Man. Was Blessed to have him and the other great Driver's in my life. Again so sorry. Debra Qualls

Dee Ainsworth

June 12, 2018

Dear Donna,
My thoughts and prayers are with you, the kids and your entire family. Please know that you have friends that will love and support you.