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James Wilburn McKinney

Published 2:05pm Friday, November 2, 2012

James Wilburn McKinney

October 27, 2012

James Wilburn “Wig” McKinney, of Birmingham, went home to be with the Lord Oct. 27, 2012, at age 86.

He was a very devoted loving husband and father, native and long-term resident of Franklin County. He was raised near Vina and assisted his father on the family farm and sawmill while in school. Mr. McKinney was an Army Veteran, served in World War II stationed in Los Alamos, N.M.

He returned to Franklin County and married his loving wife of 63 years, Helen Oliver.  They resided in the Gravel Hill community of Phil Campbell. He was a member of the Belgreen Masonic Lodge and Gravel Hill Baptist Church.

He retired from Reynolds Metals in Sheffield after 32 years of service. Mr. McKinney was an avid outdoorsman, enjoyed hunting and his cattle farm, which he often referred to as his bouquets. He moved to the Birmingham area in 2001 to be closer to his children.  He attended First Baptist Church of Pelham until his health declined and he moved to Columbia Cottage Assisted Living.

The family would like to thank the staff and residents of Columbia Cottage as well as the church family for their loving thoughts, care and prayers. He recently moved to Fairhaven and the family would like to express their appreciation for the staff’s loving care.

Mr. McKinney was predeceased by parents, John William McKinney, Sr. and Cora Bell Knight McKinney, brother, John William McKinney, Jr., nephew, Daniel Wesley Richeson, Sr.

Mr. McKinney is survived by his wife, Helen Verline Oliver McKinney, daughter, Marilyn Gail McKinney Black and husband, Michael J. Black, son, Keith Dwight McKinney, sister, Willa Jean Richeson, special nephew, Jerry Wayne McKinney and wife, Esta, niece, Nancy Richeson Siniard, nephew, John Harold “Buzzy” McKinney and wife, Emily, several great nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, at Spry Memorial Chapel, Russellville, with Dr. Paul Moore and Rev. Phillip Vinson officiating. Burial was in Liberty Hill Cemetery.

Memorials  may be made to Pelham First Baptist Church.

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