Elijah Lee “E.J.” McKinney, 16, of Johnson City, died Sunday, December 16, 2012, at the Johnson City Medical Center.
He was a native of Johnson City and a son of David Lee McKinney and Julie Ott.
Elijah was a former student at Unicoi High School and presently was attending Happy Valley High School. He played football for Unicoi High School. He was of the Non-Denominational Faith.
Elijah enjoyed playing with his younger brothers and helping others when they needed him.
He was preceded in death by both his grandfathers: his paternal grandfather, Doug McKinney, and his maternal grandfather, James W. Smith Sr.; and a brother, Aaron David McKinney.
Survivors include his father, David L. McKinney of Johnson City; his mother, Julie Ott, and step-father, Kevin Ott, of Johnson City; his paternal grandmother, Yvonne McKinney, and his maternal grandmother, Carol Joy Smith, both of Johnson City; three brothers, Matthew David McKinney, Jonathan Ott and Daniel Ott, all of Johnson City; a special paternal uncle and aunt, Bryan and Cindy McKinney of Unicoi; his maternal aunt and uncle, June Smith and James W. Smith, both of Johnson City; a very special great-aunt and uncle, Roger and Sue Miller of Elizabethton; five first cousins, Joshua and Hannah McKinney, Logan, Noah and Shiloh Smith; and several great-uncles, aunts and cousins.
A funeral service is scheduled for Friday, December 21, at 8 p.m. in the South Chapel of Morris-Baker Funeral Home and Cremation Services, under the direction of Rev. Donny Reagan and Rev. Paul Webb. The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. until time of service at 8 p.m. A committal service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 22, at Roselawn Memorial Gardens. Family and friends are asked to assemble at Morris-Baker to leave in procession by 10:30 a.m. Active pallbearers will be Logan and Noah Smith, Joshua McKinney, Bryan McKinney, James W. Smith Jr., Roger Miller and Michael Miller. Memorials may be made to: Disabled Veterans, c/o Boone Dam VFW, 830 Minga Road, Kingsport, TN 37663. Online condolences are available at: www.morrisbaker.com.
Morris-Baker Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2001 E. Oakland Avenue, Johnson City, (423) 282-1521, is in charge of arrangements.