Clarence Everett Mckinney
November 18, 1931 – August 28, 2019
Clarence “Clancy” McKinney, 87, of Roswell, GA passed away on August 28, 2019 due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease. Clancy was raised on a farm in Carbondale, IL, one of 13 brothers and sisters. He studied agriculture in school but his sights were set on flying airplanes. He left the farm and joined the Naval Cadets and ultimately became a Marine fighter pilot reaching the rank of Major later in the reserves. He went on to become a Captain at Eastern Air Lines ending his 32 year career flying the A300 Airbus. He was a true outdoorsman and shared his love of nature with family and friends through hunting, fishing, camping and boating on the lake. He was an avid golfer winning The Senior Club Championship and carding 3 holes in one in his lifetime, with 2 of them coming in a single round. He had a bit of a daredevil, mischievous side with a great sense of humor.
Clancy was a devoted, loving and protective husband, helping with the care of his wife Dee and staying by her side on a daily basis following her stroke in 2009 until her passing in 2014. He always supported his sons in their endeavors throughout their lives encouraging them to be the best that they could be.
Clancy is survived by his sons, Mark McKinney and Scott (Jane) McKinney; his grandchildren, Ali and Matt McKinney and 10 brothers and sisters. A memorial service will be held at 11:00am on September 27, 2019 at the Roswell Funeral Home Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Catholic Charites USA, catholiccharitiesusa.org.
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Celebration Of Life
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Roswell Funeral Home Chapel
950 Mansell Road
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Georgia National Cemetery
1080 Scott Hudgins Dr
Clarence Everett Mckinney
September 12, 2019
I met Clancy “Papa” McKinney when Scott and I were dating in college. His affectionate teasing was his way of letting me know that he liked me and we hit it off. My father passed when I was young; Clancy quickly became like a father to me. We both loved nature and the outdoors, enjoying many camping and fishing adventures. He was an enthusiastic and skilled outdoorsman! Knowing how I liked fishing, Papa would invite me, even when Scott couldn’t go. I learned alot from him-how to find the best fishing holes, how to make homemade fudge, peanut brittle, and ice cream, how to swing a golf club, and how to grow most anything. He had the greenest thumb-growing beautiful jade plants, tomatoes and azaleas. Papa could fix anything and thankfully passed his skills on to Scott! We both loved word games and made a good team. He cared enough to spend time with me and let me know that I was a valued part of his family.Most importantly, Papa was a good person, who cared deeply about his family. Growing up on a farm, serving as a Marine and working as an airline pilot, Papa had a “tough” exterior that helped him make a good life and provide well for his family. But what I will remember most is his soft side. Papa loved to have the the family together; we will cherish the memories of sharing so many celebrations. There was never a doubt that he loved deeply. I am so glad that he and Dee enjoyed trips to England, China, family reunions and NYC to celebrate their 50th anniversary. Clancy was a devoted husband who stayed by Dee’s side and tended to her daily after her stroke until she passed. He guided his sons to make them the wonderful men they’ve become. He doted on his grandchildren, taking delight in being with them. . I have many precious memories of the bonds he created within his family. I’ve been blessed to have had him in my life and will miss him deeply. He is finally once again with his beloved “sunshine”, Dee. Rest In Peace, Papa. We love you!
September 7, 2019
Reliable, I can only hope that when my children think of me when I am gone, this trait comes to there mind. Dad was a great father, always there to guide and yes -- always reliable.
Dad was an airline pilot for Eastern Airlines. When I was leaving the Air Force to fly for American, many of my friends expressed their concern about being gone so much from your family. I would tell them, I don't recall Dad being gone, but I only remember him being there.
He passed many of his hobbies down to my brother, Mark and I.
Golf -- Dad was an exceptional golfer. He has made 3 hole in ones, 2 on the same day. He truly loved the game.
Hunting and Fishing. Dad loved the outdoors. We would deer hunt in Greene county and dove shoot in Covingtion, GA.
Trout Fishing. My favorite activity with Dad. Great summer days at Sarah's Creek and on the Chattahoochee River.
And of course, the constant search for the cheapest gas in town!!
So long Dad,
Thanks for always being there
Roswell Funeral Home and Green Lawn Cemetery & Mausoleum
August 29, 2019
The staff of Roswell Funeral Home and Green Lawn Cemetery would like to extend our most sincere condolence to the McKinney Family. We would like to thank you for entrusting the care of your love one into our hands. Please remember you are not alone and we will always be here for you.