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Zelda McKinney(1916 - 2012)

Zelda Deyton McKinney

Rutherford College - Zelda Deyton McKinney, age 95, beloved mother and grandmother, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, November 4th, 2012. She lived in Rutherford College, NC with her daughters, Lib Peterson and Janice McKinney. She was the daughter of the late Charlie and Molly Riddle Deyton and the wife of the late Rev. Paul McKinney, a Missionary Baptist Minister. She was also preceded in death by a son, Bill McKinney; sisters, Ruby Jones, Grace Jean Deyton, Buena Edwards, Anna Laws and Irene McKinney; brothers, Charles, Cecil, R.B. and Fate Deyton.

Zelda McKinney's life was one of dedication and sacrifice for her children and family. Her selfless devotion for them throughout their lives was unparalleled. A woman of generosity, her liberality was also shared with all those who knew her. She valued hard work, and as long as she had the strength, loved to garden and to tend her flowers. The "law of kindness" certainly ruled her speech; she was full of wisdom and laughter. A truly excellent woman, she was a jewel that is irreplaceable in the hearts and lives of her family and friends. Zelda was retired from Alba-Waldensian after many years of service.

Surviving are her daughters, Betty Letterman and husband, Dr. Keith D. Letterman, of Denton, NC, Mary Gardner and husband, Boyd Gardner, of Rutherford College, NC, Judy Miller and husband, Dr. T.J. Miller, of Bakersville, NC, Lib Peterson and Janice McKinney; sons, Dick McKinney and wife, Lorraine, of Fletcher, NC and Pastor James McKinney and wife, June, of Hickory, NC; brother, Frank Deyton of Green Mountain; twenty one grandchildren as well as many great-grandchildren and great, great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, November 8th in the Chapel of Yancey Funeral Services. The Dr. T.J. Miller and Dr. Keith D. Letterman will be officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the funeral service at the funeral home. Burial will be in the McKinney Family Cemetery in Bakersville.

Memorial donations may be made to Mercy Baptist Church, 105 Hwy 70 East, Hildebran, NC 28637 or Hospice of Burke County 1721 Enon Road, Valdese, NC 28690. To send online condolences, please visit our website at www.yanceyfuneralservice.com


Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on Nov. 7, 2012
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