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Originally published: 2012-12-26 10:22:15
Last modified: 2012-12-26 10:22:15

Frank P McKinney Jr

Frank P. McKinney, Jr., 78, of Elk Park, went home to be with his Lord on Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, at the Life Care Center of Banner Elk, following a brief illness. He was a native of Avery County and the son of the late Frank P. Sr. and Emma T. Ollis McKinney. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Anita Yvonne Fields McKinney on March 11, 2009; two brothers, Ralph McKinney and Earl McKinney; and two sisters, Helen Lowe and Daisy Hughes.

McKinney had worked in road construction. He attended Green Valley Baptist Church. He loved fishing and was a warden for Elk River Fishing Club.

Survivors include a special friend, Lina Garland, Plum Tree; three daughters, Elaine Crane, Elk Park, Carolyn McKinney, Jefferson, and Joanne Paolini and husband, Darryl, Nahunta, Ga.; five grandchildren, Gordon Leon Crane, Jr., Elk Park, Frank Roy Crane and wife, Carrie, Knoxville, Tenn., Nathaniel W. Clawson and wife, Beth, China, Christopher J. Clawson, Boone, and Jessica M. King, St. Augustine, Fla.; four great-grandchildren, Maximillian W. Clawson, Isabel W. Clawson, Kirin W. Clawson, all of China; and Mason Crane, Knoxville, Tenn.; two sisters, Ann Ollis, Plumtree, and Wilma Boone, Roan Mountain. Tenn.; three brothers, George McKinney, Johnson City, Tenn., A.D. McKinney, Roan Mountain, Tenn.; and Jimmy Allen McKinney, Florida. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

The funeral services for McKinney will be conducted 2 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, in the Rhododendron Chapel of Tetrick Funeral Home in Roan Mountain, Tenn., with the Rev. John McCoury officiating. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. in the funeral home chapel, prior to the service; or at his residence in Elk Park, at anytime.

The graveside service will follow in the Bellview Cemetery in Cranberry. Active pallbearers will be grandsons, a granddaughter, and other family members. Honorary pallbearers will be friends and neighbors.

Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers may make donations to the Avery Association for Exceptional Citizens DBA Yellow Mountain Enterprise and Avery County Group Home, P.O. 176, Newland, NC 28657.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting and signing the guest book or by fax 423 542-9499. Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton is serving the family.

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