Kenny McKinley

Born: Sat., Nov. 7, 1953
Died: Tue., Apr. 2, 2019


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Kenny’s biggest dream was to return back to his earthly home and family, but God had other plans. He took him by the palm of his hand and said Kenny follow me and he led him to his eternal home in heaven.

In the early morning of April 2nd Kenny pasted on peacefully with his mother and sister by his side, the biggest loves of his life.  Kenny was born Nov. 7, 1953 to Kenneth H. McKinley (deceased) and Marlene (Hawks) McKinley.  

He graduated from Hillsdale High School class of 1973, following his grandfather (Cecil Hawks) footsteps he became a registered Barber by trade.  He was a member of the United States Army National Guard for 14 years where he traveled to Germany 4 times, a member of the Hayesville Amvets 1969 and a member of the Hayesville United Methodist Church. He was saved in the Church of God by late Samuel Justice.  In his early years he liked to fish and hunt.  He also loved his coffee time with his friends at Millers.  We can hold many things in the palm of our hands and loose them all, but what we place in God’s hands we still possess.  

He is survived by his Mother, which he adored his sister Kathryn (Kitty) Runkle and her husband Dale.   His niece Addie (Kyle) Shock, his nephew Kib Runkle and Sage Weber and his great niece Kinley Ann Shock, who was always in his thoughts.  His Uncle Clayton and Aunt Joann McKinley of Ashland and Uncle Perry McKinley of Columbus and his many cousins, he would reminisce often of being on the farm and the fun they had.  His Uncle Clayton Hawks, and cousins Sally (Roger) Little and cousin David (deceased) Julie Hawks and families of Florida, was where he loved to go on vacation.  

In 1972 Kenny’s world along with his family was turned upside down due to the loss of his brother Kib McKinley.  We have peace in knowing they are together again and how happy they must be.  He was also preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Cecil and Kathryn Hawks and his paternal grandparents, Paul and Eva McKinley.

A private service and burial will be held at a later date.  

We would like to thank the Good Shepherd Nursing Home nursing staff especially nurse Beth, for all of your most gracious care you gave Kenny.  Pastor Julie, who he loved, for her beautiful messages and visits. Rev. Paula for her wonderful prayer.   Hayesville and Ashland Fire Dept. for there many trips to and from the hospitals.  A most sincere thank you to Dr. Aaron Young and Nurse Kim, your love and compassion for Kenny, we will never forget.  
Last, but not least, we want to thank the Fickes Funeral Home, you have always made us feel like family with the wonderful care you have given us.

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Kathy Wolf
   Posted Thu April 04, 2019
Marlene, Kitty and familys....hugs and prayers...so sorry for your loss....

Brad Ports
   Posted Thu April 04, 2019
Dear Marlene and Kitty, I am so sorry to hear this news. Your family meant so much to me growing up. There is special place in my heart for all of you. At least Kip will have his brother back with him. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Ernie McClure & Family
   Posted Thu April 04, 2019
Marlene 7 Kitty and family Our deepest sympathy what a great reunion is happening in heaven PRAYERS ALLWAYS

Joy K Patton
   Posted Fri April 05, 2019
Was so sorry to see Kenny's passing. He was such a good man. Prayers for the family.

Portia Recck
   Posted Fri April 05, 2019
Marlene, Kitty and family, So sorry for your loss. We enjoyed talking with Ken at the restaurant in Hayesville. Love and Best Wishes, George and Portia

Barry Pringle
   Posted Sat April 06, 2019
Marlene and Kitty, I am sorry to hear of your loss. Happy to know he joins Kib in Heaven. I was glad to have visited him this past Christmas season. He came to hear our choir sing the year before, 2016, but was in too much pain in 2018. Still he was able to see me when I went to his room. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

Sharon Paullin
   Posted Sat April 06, 2019
Marlene, Kitty and I was so sorry to hear of Kenny's passing. He is no longer in pain. You have my deepest sympathy.. Take care of yourselves.

Pat Tanner
   Posted Mon April 08, 2019
Sorry for your loss, Prayers of comfort to you and your families.

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