Jack Douglas McKinney (1942-2009)
Jack Douglas McKinney, 67, of Grayson, went to be with his heavenly father, whom he so adored, on Wednesday, Nov. 18 following a brief illness.
Jack was born Oct. 20, 1942, in Hitchins, a son of the late Walter and America Wells McKinney.
He was a husband, father and a minister of the word of God. A U.S. Army veteran, having served in Vietnam, Jack accepted the call to preach in 1979. He was a former pastor of the Hilltop Community Church in Lewis County, Lower Stinson Community Church and Coalton Community Church. He retired from Armco Steel in Ashland in 2004 after 37 years, working most recently in the shipping department. He was a member of the Grayson Volunteer Fire Department since 1991, where he served as chaplain. He was also a member and chaplain of the Carter County Firefighters Association and the Eastern Kentucky Firefighters Association and a member of the National Federation of Fire Chaplains. He received the Firefighter of the Year award from the Grayson Area Chamber of Commerce in 1993. He was a member of Grayson Freewill Baptist Church, where he was a Sunday school teacher and a member of the church advisory board. An avid lover of God, he was always ready to proudly proclaim the glory of the Heavenly Father.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Tammy Annette McKinney; a brother, Paul McKinney; and a sister, Nora Jean DeHart.
Surviving are his wife of 45 years, Yvonne Easterling McKinney; a daughter, Jami Horton of Grayson; a granddaughter, Kristin Horton; four brothers, Frank McKinney of Princess, Woodrow McKinney of Ashland, Ed McKinney of Rush and Ray McKinney of Summit; three sisters, Mandy Gullett of Coalton, Leona Rucker of Ashland and Kathleen Gollihue of Grayson; his church family; and a host of friends and loved ones.
Written in his Bible: "I welcome you now to meet me up there."
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009, at Sparks Funeral Home in Grayson by Jim Varney and Terry Sexton. Burial will be in Rose Hill Burial Park in Ashland.
Friends may call from 5 to 9 p.m. today, Nov. 20, 2009, and after 9 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be sent to www.sparksfh.com.