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02/17/13 - NNHS Newsletter -
Gerry _____ McKinney

Josephine Geraldine _____ McKinney
(1926 - 14 Feb 2013)

Newport News High School Class of @ 1943

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   There is more sad news this early Saturday morning.    Gerry _____ McKinney, Class of @ 1943,  mother of    Russell "Winky" Winkler ('67) of VA, Ronnie McKinney, Larry McKinney, Debra Whitmore, and Joyce Brock, and of the late      Diane Winkler Morton Perry, Class of 1967 (d. 16 Apr 2010), and mother-in-law of Johnny Whitmore ('67), passed away on Valentine's Day, February 14, 2013 in Carrolton at the age of 87

From the Virginian Pilot - 02/17/13: 

                 Gerry McKinney



CARROLLTON - Josephine Geraldine "Gerry" McKinney, age 87, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, February 14, 2013.

She was born and raised in Newport News, VA then moved to Carrollton, VA where she has resided for the past 50 years. Gerry was the owner of Pine Crest Mobile Home Park. She was a member of Faith Free Will Baptist Church where she devoted her life to Christ and her church family. She was known for her hugging and loving of all people. She will be greatly missed by all but especially by her daughter Debbie who was her shopping buddy and best friend.

Gerry was preceded in death by her husband Junious R. "Mac" McKinney, daughter, Diane Perry and a granddaughter, Jerimi Lynne Hatcher.


Gerry McKinney



She leaves to cherish her memories with her children, Debra L. Whitmore and husband Johnny, Ronald W. McKinney and fiancé Bee Line, Joyce A. Brock and husband Richard, Larry R. McKinney and wife, Mattie, and Russell A. Winkler and wife Natalie; 11 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; 2 brothers; 1 sister and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends on Monday, February 18 from 6:00-7:30 pm in the funeral home. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 in Colonial Funeral Home with the Rev. Larry Russell officiating. Burial will follow in Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens, Suffolk. There will be a reception following the funeral at Faith Free Will Baptist Church.

Memorial contributions can be made to Faith Free Will Baptist Church, 16053 Carrollton Blvd, Carrollton, VA 23314.
Arrangements are in the care of Colonial Funeral Home, Smithfield, VA.
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Published in the The Virginian Pilot on February 17, 2013.

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February 18, 2013

I am so sorry to hear about your mom. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Please call me if you need anything or just to talk. Take care.
Sandy Edwards

~ Sandy Edwards

February 18, 2013

Such a blessing to others, a wonderful, sweet Christian lady will be missed by many. We loved our hugs and kisses at Faith Free Will Baptist Church. God will give peace.

~ Carolyn and Doug Pinckard, Carrollton, Virginia

February 18, 2013
Debbie, we are so sad to read the news of your mom's passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

~ Eugene Moore, Oakdale, California

February 18, 2013
Joyce, Sherrie, and rest of family - we are so sorry to hear of the passing of your loved one. May God's comforting hand reach out and touch each and every one of you.

~ David & Carmen Melton, Hampton, Virginia

February 18, 2013
Debbie, you know how special your mom was to me. I sort of adopted her as my mom when my mom went to be with the LORD. I loved your mom very much and I will really miss our phone conversations. You and your family are in my prayers. Please keep in touch when you are (in town). It was great seeing Ashley and meeting your family members. Sincerely

~ Regina Minton, Rescue, Virginia

February 18, 2013
Ronnie and Debbie, so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

~ Jeanie Burnett, Hampton, Virginia

February 18, 2013
Debbie, sorry to hear of your mom's passing. I adored her as well as your dad. Sending my love and prayers for you and your family.

February 19, 2013
Debbie, Ashley and family ~ Your mom was one of the finest Christian women I have ever met. No matter what one said to her, she always had a word of encouragement. She blessed my life. And the angels rejoiced when God called her home! Love Beverly and Bob Blake

~ Beverly and Bob Blake, Suffolk, Virginia

February 19, 2013

Very sad to learn the news just today of Grandma's passing. I will always remember as a kid her saying before we left the house to come give her some sugars. She will always be in my memories forever............

~ Kimmy Hall, Gloucester, Virginia

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   Our sincerest condolences are extended to Gerry's family and  friends at this difficult time.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

Abide With Me

Words by Henry F. Lyte, 1847
Music by William H. Monk, 1861

Abide with me; fast falls the eventide;
The darkness deepens; Lord with me abide.
When other helpers fail and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, O abide with me.

Swift to its close ebbs out life's little day;
Earth's joys grow dim; its glories pass away;
Change and decay in all around I see;
O Thou who changest not, abide with me.

Not a brief glance I beg, a passing word,
But as Thou dwell'st with Thy disciples, Lord,
Familiar, condescending, patient, free.
Come not to sojourn, but abide with me.

Come not in terrors, as the King of kings,
But kind and good, with healing in Thy wings;
Tears for all woes, a heart for every plea.
Come, Friend of sinners, thus abide with me.

Thou on my head in early youth didst smile,
And though rebellious and perverse meanwhile,
Thou hast not left me, oft as I left Thee.
On to the close, O Lord, abide with me.

I need Thy presence every passing hour.
What but Thy grace can foil the tempter's power?
Who, like Thyself, my guide and stay can be?
Through cloud and sunshine, Lord, abide with me.

I fear no foe, with Thee at hand to bless;
Ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness.
Where is death's sting? Where, grave, thy victory?
I triumph still, if Thou abide with me.

Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes;
Shine through the gloom and point me to the skies.
Heaven's morning breaks, and earth's vain shadows flee;
In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.

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