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Thursday December 10th, 2020

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Clyde McKinney, Jr.



Mr. Clyde McKinney, Jr., age 69, of the Pleasant Gardens Community, departed to be with the Lord on Sunday, December 06, 2020 at Memorial Campus of Mission Hospital in Asheville.  The son of the late Clyde and Ida Burnette McKinney, he was born in Marion, North Carolina on September 24, 1951.


In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Vicki Long McKinney, who passed away on June 23, 2017.


A man of many talents, Clyde enjoyed wood carving, black smithing, fishing, hunting and building boats.  At an early age he would train horses; and having a special place in his heart for dogs, he was a jack russell terrier breeder.  Up until Clyde’s health began to decline, he loved to ride his motorcycle, especially along NC 80.  One thing that was special to Clyde was his loving wife Vicki, and he made sure her needs were met and was an amazing caregiver to her for many years. 


He is survived by one son, Jason McKinney and his wife, Lacey; two amazing grandchildren, Lily and James McKinney; one sister, Linda Thorneburg and her husband, Bobby; uncle, Ralph McKinney; uncle, Kenneth Burnette; a good friend, Robert Loudermilk; and his canine buddy, Abby. 


A celebration of Clyde’s life will be held on Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. at Liberty Free Will Baptist Church with Rev. Harold Webb officiating.  Due to COVID-19 pandemic, those attending the service are encouraged to wear a mask and observe safe distancing.


In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a memorial donation in Mr. McKinney’s memory are asked to consider, Liberty Free Will Baptist Church, 4089 US Highway 70 West, Marion, North Carolina 28752.





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Sorry for your lost My Prayers Are With the Family.

Barbara Webb Dec 10 2020 12:00 AM

Linda & family Im so sorry to hear about Jr. I know he will greatly missed but we will be keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.

Fran & Glenn Laney Dec 9 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Clyde McKinney, Jr.

Dennis&Melissa Burleson Dec 9 2020 12:00 AM

Like a lot of folks here I especially remember Jrs Motorcycle Skills..back in the 60s ( before the world went crazy). We use to hang out at theBurger Boy ,, like I said it was a kinder gentler time! Jr. was truly one of a kind ! He will be missed!

Bob Blankenship Dec 9 2020 12:00 AM

Many prayers to the McKinney family. Junior was quite a favorite of my late husband Wayne Wyatt. God Bless you all.

Cindy Wyatt Dec 9 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Clyde McKinney, Jr.

Becky Jolly Dec 8 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Clyde McKinney, Jr.

Buddy and Katie Martin Dec 8 2020 12:00 AM

Jr. was my landlord for a few years I rented his moms house! He had Vicki were always so nice to me. Praying for his family and condolences to his sister Linda who is a friend of mine!

Irma warren Dec 8 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Clyde McKinney, Jr.

Angi Greene Dec 8 2020 12:00 AM

I've only just heard the news. You'll be missed old friend. Keep the trails clear for us on the other side. Thanks for the things you've taught me and the stories you've given me.

Justin Hudgins Dec 8 2020 12:00 AM

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