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Originally published: 2012-10-09 08:08:45
Last modified: 2012-10-09 08:08:45

Vivian Davenport McKinney

Vivian Davenport McKinney, 86, of Newland, passed away on Friday, Oct. 5, 2012.
A native of Avery County, she was a daughter of the late Gordon and Essie Dellinger Davenport. McKinney was a graduate of the Crossnore High School and operated the Parkway Junction Store in Linville Falls for many years. She enjoyed her store and seeing her customers year after year, touching many lives as the neighborhood counselor. After she retired she was a volunteer for Resort Area Ministries, RAMS Rack, in Newland and the Parkway Visitor Center in Linville Falls. She enjoyed collecting, reading, and using cookbooks.
McKinney was a member of the Pisgah Methodist Church and attended the First Baptist Church, Newland.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Herald and Archie Davenport.
She leaves behind to cherish her memories her son, Gerald McKinney, and his wife, Donetta, of Newland; grandchildren, Adam McKinney of Sanford, Erin Kimmel and her husband, Steve, of Chapel Hill, Melanie Whitehead and her husband, Jeff, of Newland, Brach Jarrett and his wife, Jennie, of Roan Mountain, Tenn.; great-grandchildren, Vivienne Kimmel, Mikaela and Sierra Whitehead, Izabella and Uriah Jarrett; niece, Debbie Park and her husband, Ed, of Wendell; nephew, Ken Davenport and his wife, Eileen, of Ripley, Tenn.
The family received friends from 3 to 5 p.m Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, at the First Baptist Church, Newland. Services to celebrate her life followed the visitation at 5 p.m. at the church. Dr. Bill Jones and the Rev. Keith Tutterow officiated.
Family, friends, and pallbearers gathered at the funeral home 10:15 a.m. Monday to go in procession to the Pisgah Cemetery for interment services.
Pallbearers were Doran Robbins, Carter Wiseman, Johnny Burleson, Bill Dennie, Eugene Wise, and Roger McKinney.
Honorary pallbearers were Bob Hewat, Dr. Jack Coffey, Ronnie Medford, and John “Red” White.
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Memorials may be made to the Resort Area Ministries, RAMS Rack, Newland, NC 28657.
Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home of Newland is serving the McKinney family.
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