Walter Ernest McKinney

July 29, 1940April 14, 2013
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Walter Ernest McKinney, 72, of Patterson passed away Sunday, April 14, 2013 at his residence.

Mr. McKinney was born in Avery County to the late Carl McKinney and June Johnson McKinney. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Carolyn Ann McKinney and his brothers, Lester and Auldy McKinney. He was retired from Sealed Air Corporation after 38 years of service and was a member of Harper’s Chapel United Methodist Church.

He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He will be greatly missed.

Survivors include his wife Barbara Clark McKinney; his son Bobby Allen McKinney and wife Sharon of Lenoir; his daughters, Kathleen McKinney Martin of Lenoir, Shirley McKinney Swanson and husband Joel of Lenoir, and Crystal McKinney of Abingdon, VA; his brothers, Orlando, Dewayne, Ronnie and Glenn McKinney; his sisters, Alma Buchanan, Paulette Hughes and Claudette Mitchell; thirteen grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. in Pendry’s Chapel with Reverend Phillip Setzer and Elder Billy Joe Lipford officiating. Burial will follow at Harper’s Chapel United Methodist Church cemetery. The family will receive friends at Pendry’s Lenoir Funeral Home prior to the service Wednesday at 3:00 p.m.

Serving as pallbearers will be Bobby Martin, Coty McKinney, Joel Swanson, Patrick Swanson, Joey Lipford and Michael Genwright.

Pendry’s Lenoir Funeral Home is honored to be assisting the Walter Ernest McKinney family with arrangements.

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  • Visitation Wednesday, April 17, 2013
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, April 17, 2013

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Alex Nichols

April 18, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time, and I am so sorry for your loss. I remember when Bobby and I were growing up together. I was I always so impressed with how he listened to the things that his Father was teaching him. One of those Walt sayings I never forgot… “Keep your eyes and ears open, your mouth shut, you just might learn something”. We never could fool that man for a minute. He was always a step ahead of us! Those were some good times, Bobby.

Mary` Bolick

April 16, 2013

So sorry for your loss. The pictures brought back some good memories from my childhood when I spent time hanging out with you guys.My thoughts and prayers are with you.

crystal McKinney

April 16, 2013

I will miss you so much Daddy. I know it will take a long time to feel better if at all possible. You are, was, and always be.... My heart. My world.. I love you Daddy....

Rose Clark

April 16, 2013

The pictures are amazing. They bring back so many wonderful memories of hanging out with you guys in Happy Valley. We wish you family all the best in this difficult time. Love, Rose Clark and family

Margaret Hughes Lusk

April 16, 2013

My heart breaks for all the family, tears fall from my eyes at all the memories from the pictures. I know God has recieved another angel. Love you uncle Walter. Margaret Hughes Lusk

Hal and Susan Hagaman

April 15, 2013

So sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you. God bless your family.