Major Charles McKinney July 18, 1939 ~ June 29, 2013
June 21, 2013, 8:00 am by Staff Reports
His life’s journey began July 18, 1939 in Williamsport, Ind. He was the only child of Russell and Burnice McKinney.
He attended Indiana University, majoring in Business and in 1962 joined the United States Air Force. He met the love of his life at a pool party in Abilene, Texas and quickly snatched her up. He married Donnette, his wife of nearly 48 years, on Aug. 7, 1965. Their family grew to include three daughters, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
They had many adventures throughout his 22 years in the military, but got back to Texas as fast as they could. His last assignment was to assist in closing out the former Bergstrom Air Force Base to make way for ABI Airport. He went on to work another 20 years for the Texas Department of Transportation.
After two successful and rewarding careers, he settled down into a joyful and busy retired life in the golf community of Meadowlakes. He quickly became involved in organizing groups, events, tournaments and anything else that was thrown his way. He lived by the Golden Rule and this influenced not only his family, but his many friends. He is highly respected and leaves a legacy of honesty, integrity, family values, determination and bravery in facing his most challenging moment in life, cancer.
He was a lover of all sports especially basketball, football and NASCAR. The bean counter in him could not resist tracking and documenting current stats and leaders during each season. He thoroughly enjoyed playing golf and poker with his buddies.
The family sends out a special thank you to the doctors and staff at Cancer Care Centers of South Texas - Marble Falls. Also to the many friends who assisted in making sure he made it to and from his appointments — we could not have done it without you.
The family invites you to join them for a celebration of his life Saturday, July 13 at 10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church Marble Falls. In lieu of flowers, the family requests you make a donation to the charity of your choice.
"Wherever a beautiful soul has been, there is a trail of beautiful memories”
— Ronald Reagan
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