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Fred Willis McKinney

Fred W. McKinney, 85, passed away Friday, March 27, 2020 at Etowah Health Care Center. A native of McMinn County, Fred was one of seven children born to the late Pleas and Hailey McKinney. He grew up in the Brush Creek Community.
Fred worked for Mayfield Dairy Farms as a sales representative for 35 years. His career encompassed numerous roles at Mayfield, including supervisor and sales representative. 
A longtime member of First Baptist Church of Athens, Fred served as a deacon and usher. In later years, he was a member of Keith Memorial United Methodist Church. Throughout his life, Fred’s faith was important to him. Fred served on the McMinn County School Board. He was a member of the Meridian Sun Masonic Lodge #50 F&AM of Athens and the Alhambra Shrine of Chattanooga, where he served on the Motor Patrol. 
Fred was proceeded in death by his wife, Vaudine Cravey McKinney. Survivors include son, Michael McKinney (Amy) of Athens; two daughters, Jan McKinney of Cleveland and Fran Thompson (Roy) of Murfreesboro. Son-in-law, Roy, was like a son to Fred, and he was especially proud of his grandsons: David Thompson of Chicago, Illinois; United States Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew Thompson of Jacksonville, Florida;  Benjamin Thompson of Murfreesboro; and Bryce McKinney of Athens. He  is also survived by a brother, Scott McKinney of Athens; extended family Hiroshi and Michiko Miyake and children Mimoka and Rintaro of Japan; and former co-worker and friend, Carl Hutsell of Athens. 
The family would like to extend their sincere gratitude to Etowah Health Care Center, particularly Administrator Jonathon Hicks, Director of Admissions Amanda Morrow and Nurses  Kim Webb, Tammy Murray, and Allison McDaniel. They would also like to thank Dr. Craig Riley for his excellent care and the Reverend Jack Bryan for his faithful ministry. 
A private memorial service will be held at a later date with the Reverend Jack Bryan officiating.

Laycock Hobbs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Online condolences may be sent to  https://www.laycock-hobbs.com/obituary/Fred-McKinney.

The family requests memorial donations be made to the Miracle Lake Christian Training Center, 182 County Road 498, Etowah, Tennessee 37331. 


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Jan, Fran, & Michel So sorry for the loss of your dad our prayers are with you your dad was a fine man

Jack Lyons and Family Apr 4 2020 12:00 AM

Fred was a wonderful person to work and learn from. He will be sorely missed. My thoughts are with the family.

David Mayfield Apr 3 2020 12:00 AM

My prayers for comfort and peace are with you in the loss of your Dad, Grandad.

Gail Johnston Guin Apr 3 2020 12:00 AM

From old friends on Forrest Avenue, Athens, our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
In sympathy and love,

Liz & Dallas Burns

Dallas Burns Apr 2 2020 12:00 AM

Michael, Jan & Fran, sorry for your loss. Your dad was always very friendly & approachable every time I saw him. a great man!

Tommy Roberts Apr 1 2020 12:00 AM

I never actually got to meet this wonderful man in person! I feel as if he was my pops because of all the wonderful things his daughter, Jan McKinney talked about him! He will be truly missed! Prayers and hugs and kisses to all the family!

Sarah Mar 30 2020 12:00 AM