Kenneth O'Neal "Cotton" McKinley

Born: Tue., Oct. 11, 1932
Died: Sat., Nov. 27, 2010

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Kenneth O’Neal “Cotton” McKinley, age 78, of Siloam, Georgia, died Saturday, November 27, 2010 at the Veterans Administration Medical Center of Augusta. A native of Greene County he was born October 11, 1932 to the late James Lawson McKinley and Ulmer O’Neal McKinley. He attended Greensboro High School where he played football. He served his country during the Korean War. In the 1960’s he worked on I-20 and in the late 1970’s he ran a sawmill and pulp wood business. Most of his life he operated a bulldozer working for Lowell McKinley in Virginia and North Georgia, later working with James Lanier and finally with Keith James in construction from 1986 to 2004. Cotton was a very likeable person with many friends. Cotton is survived by a son, Adam C. McKinley of Greensboro, GA; a sister, Louise M. Allen of Dalton, GA; a brother, Charles Alexander McKinley of Siloam, GA; and a number of other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by a son, Richard Lawson “Rick” McKinley; and siblings, Helen Frances McKinley who died as an infant in 1914, Dorothy Eleanor M. Bacon, Edith M. Strayer and James Addott McKinley. Graveside Services will be held on Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at the Siloam Cemetery, Church Street, Siloam, GA 30665 with Rev. Farrett Boswell and Rev. Dean Gibby officiating. Serving as honorary pallbearers are James Lanier, Albert McNair, Wesley Lanier, Edward Clements, Keith James and Sidney Bryson. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday night at McCommons funeral home. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at to sign the online guest register.

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Jimmy Channell
   Posted Mon November 29, 2010
My deepest sympathy to the family....

Lyle Allen
   Posted Mon November 29, 2010
Adam, Know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. (Pastor) Lyle & Carroll Allen

Greg & Cathy Murphy
   Posted Mon November 29, 2010
We are so sorry to hear of your loss. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Cheryl and Jim Domineau
   Posted Mon November 29, 2010
We are sorry for his passing.

Shirley Keith
   Posted Mon November 29, 2010
I have many fond memories of Kenneth.

Billy Corry
   Posted Tue November 30, 2010
To the memory of a good friend and a good man who love to laugh and have a good time with his friends and neighbors. As for as I know he met a stranger over 15 minutes and from then on he was a friend.He was a perfect example of the friendship that you would hope to find in small town. Sincerely, Billy Corry

Elaine & Doug Reinika
   Posted Tue November 30, 2010
You left the Mckinley cousins many special memories of our teenage years. Thanks for sharing your life.

Elaine Reinika
   Posted Tue November 30, 2010
Kenneth left the McKinley cousins with many fond memories of our teenage years. We thank you for sharing yourself with us

Emmett and Shirley McKinley Caldwell
   Posted Tue November 30, 2010
Adam and Family: Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you during this time and in the days and weeks to come.

Smith Oliver
   Posted Tue November 30, 2010
I recall Kenneth in G'Boro Hi football when the Tigers won the North Ga. champtionship, but were defeated by West Point for the State -Class B- Championship...I was a waterboy. I grew up on Siloam Rd. & he would give me rides to town whenever he was driving into town & would be hitchhiking. A very 'Big Hearted' fellow, and will be sorely missed by Siloam residents. I'm very sorry for your loss.

Britt and Brandi McKinley
   Posted Tue November 30, 2010
Cotton was one of my favorite uncles. I could always talk to him and knew that I was always in for a long conversation, especially in the kitchen at the farm house. When him and my father (James Abbott) talked I would just sit back and listen...I do miss them both.

William Poole
   Posted Tue November 30, 2010
My condolences to Kenneth's family. I have many memories of our football days with the Greensboro High School Tigers.

Gloria &Calvin Campbell
   Posted Tue November 30, 2010
Thanks for all the Love you haved shared among us!! We shall never forget you MY HEART IS BROKEN AND I LOVE YOU COTTON. GLORIA

Pam Vaughn
   Posted Tue November 30, 2010
Adam, I was so sorry to hear about your Dad. He was always real nice to me when he came to Mr. Joe's Car Garage in Union Point. It is very hard when you lose one of your parents. I pray that you will find comfort in Jesus during this difficult time in your life. You have a wonderful Mom and Stepdad and they will be there for you. Take care and I will be praying for you. I just read his obituary, and I would have come to his service today if I had known sooner. Pam Vaughn

Terry & Elaine Cantrell
   Posted Tue November 30, 2010
Our thoughts and prayers for the family of Cotton. We didn't know of his passing until tonight. Cotton was a well liked man, and his memories will live on though the ones that knew him well.

Kathy S. Cawthon
   Posted Thu December 02, 2010
Prayers and sympathies.

Eddie & Tina Brown
   Posted Thu December 02, 2010
Adam, we are so sorry for your loss.