Lonnie McKinney of Roan Mountain, Tenn., went home to his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, October 13, 2020, at his home. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ora and John McKinney; a sister, Jolene Webb; and his loving wife of 43 years, Donna McKinney.
Lonnie was born December 8, 1945 in Roan Mountain. He was employed by Henredon of Spruce Pine for 30 years. Lonnie was an active member of Burbank Freewill Baptist Church of Roan Mountain and he found great comfort in his Lord and brothers and sisters in Christ.
Lonnie never met a stranger and loved visiting with friends and family. An active person throughout his life, he enjoyed gardening and working in his yard. Lonnie was a loving Father and Grandfather and took great pride in his family.
He is survived by his son, Ronnie McKinney and wife Brittanie of Beech Mountain; his granddaughter, Ivy McKinney of Newland; grandson, Jacob McKinney and wife Kristin of California; and great-granddaughter, Willow McKinney. Also surviving are sister, Melba Hicks and husband Johnny, and a brother, Jimmy McKinney and wife Mariana, along with numerous nieces and nephews.
A service to honor and celebrate Lonnie’s life will be conducted at 4 p.m. Friday, October 16, in the Rhododendron Chapel of Tetrick Funeral Home, Roan Mountain, with Pastor Randy English and Pastor Marvin Sheets officiating. Music will be provided by Gail English and Candy English. The family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel from 3 until 4 p.m. Friday, prior to the service. A graveside service will follow in the Knight Cemetery (760 Hampton Creek Road, Roan Mountain, Tenn). Active pallbearers will be Greyland Webb, Thurston Webb, Bud Davis, James Cardwell, Michael Thompson and Woody Thompson. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Carter County is mandating that all citizens who live in or visit Carter County wear masks or facial coverings in public. All those attending the services are required to adhere to this mandate. Also, social distancing recommendations are to be observed. Online condolences may be shared with the family on our website, www.tetrickfuneralhome.com.
Lonnie and his family are in the care of Tetrick Funeral Home, Roan Mountain, Tenn. Phone (423) 772-3298. Obituary Information Line (423) 543-4917.