Commander Lawrence A. McKinney, USNR, 73, of Wardensville, WV, who ran the race and fought the fight is now with his Lord on Friday, April 12, 2013, at his home.
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Larry was born October 9, 1939 in Carmi, IL, a son of the late Jack and Edith Belle Haas McKinney. He was a man of true courage, strength, humor and compassion. He served our country proudly in the United States Navy for 28 years.
Larry married Mary E. "Punky" Atteberry McKinney on August 20, 1961.
When Larry and Punky spoke their vows, through sickness and in health, it truly was so. Larry had a heart transplant March 23, 2002 and was a case study for the doctors from then on. He kept his sense of humor, from darkness he always found the light. He touched many many lives.
He loved his church and church family. We, his family, know that he is singing, dancing, joking and laughing with Jesus and his granddaughter, Ashley.
Surviving with his wife of 51 years is a son, Kelly McKinney and his fiancee Annette Chaney of Wardensville, WV; a daughter: Wynnie Myers of Virginia Beach, VA; three grandchildren, Brandon McKinney and his fiancee Heather Kelly, Laurlee Chaney and Alexis Mae McKinney; and two sisters, Peggy Walker of Seattle, WA and Cindy Zotecki of Joliet, IL.
He is preceded in death by his granddaughter, Ashley Megan Myers.
A funeral service will be at the New Hope Baptist Church in Cross Junction, VA on Tuesday, April 16, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. Officiating will be Rev. George Reed. Interment will be at a later date at the Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA.
Family will receive friends at the Loy-Giffin Funeral Home in Wardensville, WV on Monday, April 15, 2013 from 5-8 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Donate Life, 1864 Concert Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23464 or New Hope Baptist Church, 200 Dogwood Drive, Cross Junction, VA 22625.
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Published in Northern Virginia Daily from Apr. 14 to Apr. 15, 2013
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