Roy “Blackeye” McKinney, 75, of Elizabethton, passed away Saturday, March 23, 2013, at his residence following an extended illness.
A native of Carter County, he was a son of the late Ollie and Elvina Hall McKinney.
Mr. McKinney was a member of Valley Forge Christian Church. He was retired and former co-owner of McKinney Sheet Metal Company for 35 years.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Jason Nathaniel McKinney, and two brothers, Pink McKinney and Terry McKinney.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Brenda Grindstaff McKinney, of the home; two daughters, Teresa McKinney, Elizabethton, and Tina Ramsey and a son-in-law, James Ramsey, Johnson City; a son, Tim McKinney, Nashville; two brothers, Arvel McKinney and his wife, Delores, and Larry and his wife, Judy, all of Elizabethton; a sister, Phyllis Oliver and her husband, Richard, Elizabethton; a grandson, Gavin Heaton, Johnson City; several nieces and nephews; and two sisters-in-law, Mary Ruth McKinney and Sue McKinney, all of Elizabethton.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Janet and Steve Potter, Dick Oatman, Bob Rainbolt and Linda Range White.
The funeral service for Mr. McKinney was conducted at 8 p.m. Monday, March 25, in the Chapel of Peace at Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, with Mr. David Siebenaler, minister, and Mr. H. Clay Bailey, minister, officiating. The family received friends in the funeral home chapel from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, prior to the service hour. Friends may also call at the residence at other times. The graveside service and interment will be conducted at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 26, at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be Gavin Heaton, Jeff McKinney, Dustin Arnett, Tyler Arnett, Steve McKinney, Kenny Grindstaff, Wayne Grindstaff and Ethan Meredith. Those who wish to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the funeral home at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday to go in procession to the cemetery. For those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association – NE TN Chapter, 207 North Boone Street, Suite 1050, Johnson City, TN 37604, or to Valley Forge Christian Church, 114 V F Christian Church Road, Elizabethton, TN 37643. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.tetrickfuneralhome.com and signing the guest book or by fax to (423) 542-9499.
Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, is serving the McKinney family. Office: (423) 542-2232. Obituary Line: (423) 543-4917.