Mars Hill - Boyd C. McKinney, 89, of Mars Hill, passed away, December31, 2012 at the V.A. Hospice Medical Center due to Pancreatic Cancer. Boyd was born on August 27, 1923 in Madison County, NC. He was the son of the late Robert L. and Minnie Thomas McKinney. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death in 2011, by his wife of 69 years, Ida Lee Briggs McKinney, daughter, Judy McKinney Bingham, two brothers, Charlie and Ralph McKinney, sisters, Irene Cody and Shirley McKinney. Mr. McKinney was a US Navy
Veteran of WWII
where he served in the Mariana Islands in Japan. He and mother were members of Elk Mountain Baptist Church. They loved and appreciated the people there so much. Daddy loved his little dog Spotty Boy. He especially enjoyed spending time with his beagle dog friends. We appreciate all you have meant to Daddy. We Love you all!
He is survived by two daughters Janet Maynor of Mars Hill, Joan Herron (Larry) of Weaverville and our adopted brother Bill Metcalf, grandchildren Eddie Bingham (Karen) of Mills River and Brent Herron of Canton, great grandchildren Hunter, William, Katie, Charly and Bronx, brother, Clyde McKinney of Mars Hill, sisters; Alma Marlowe of Fairview and Alene Jamerson of Weaverville and several nieces and nephews.
A graveside service was held 2:00pm, Wednesday January 2, 2012 at Little Ivy Baptist Church Cemetery. Rev. Jerry Jamerson and Bill Metcalf conducted the graveside rites.
During Daddy's home going he told us he saw mother and Judy and they were so young and beautiful. He also told us of the river as he reached down to dip from it. He didn't recognize us that day but he sure caught a glimpse of Heaven as he said, "Hallelujah, Hallelujah thank you Lord." I'm so thankful Heaven is real.
The family would like to express their gratitude to Dr. Proctor, Dr. Abbott and the entire staff at the V.A. Hospice, who cared for their Daddy during his stay. THANK YOU!
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.blueridgefuneralservice.org