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Charles “Chuck” McKinney, age 80, of Emory, passed away on Friday evening, September 30, 2022, in Emory, Tx, surrounded by his family.
Chuck was born on August 1, 1942, to C. E. McKinney and wife Mary Jo in Dallas, Texas. When he reached adulthood, and after serving our country in the Air Force, he began working for the National Elevator Industry where he would later retire after 30 years. During that time, he joined the Elevator Union Local # 21 where he worked for the people and served as president in the 80’s, any loophole he could find to better the workers life, he found it and exploited it. The workers in the union loved him for fighting for them and this was evident at the last Labor Day picnic he went to. While being a Union man, he also found time to be a part of the Mars Hill # 1440 Masonic Lodge. He held the titles of York Rite, Knight’s Templar, Shriner, and he was also a 32nd Degree Master Mason. He met the love of his life, Kathy, and spent 50 years growing in love. They had 7 children together and years’ worth of memories.
He is survived by his wife Kathy McKinney, four daughters, Coleen Smith and husband Rodney, Laurie McKinney, Sabra Norton and husband Danny, Cammi Derr and husband Roger. Sons; Scott McKinney and wife Darla, and Tray McKinney. Grandchildren; Charlie Wallace, Dillon Smith and wife Kylie, Kaden McKinney and wife Katy, Cayce Johnson and husband Cody, Trinton McKinney, Holley Hedges, JB Hedges, Tyler Bear and husband Nick, Kris Hawkins, Sidney Nyberg, Lindsay Nyberg, 11 great grand kids and lots of family and close friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents, and son Eric McKinney.
Per Chuck's request, there will be no services. He wanted to be remembered as he was - The loophole finding union man who loved his family and friends, who served his country, who was a Master Mason and who spent the best years with the love of his life.
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