J. W. McKinley, Sr.

Born: Fri., Jun. 25, 1920
Died: Sun., Jan. 17, 2016


2:00 PM to 3:00 PM, Sat., Jan. 23, 2016
Location: McCommons Funeral Home

Memorial Service

3:00 PM Sat., Jan. 23, 2016
Location: McCommons Chapel

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J. W. McKinley, Sr.

J. W. McKinley, Sr., of Commerce, GA, formerly of White Plains, GA died on Sunday, January 17, 2016, at Hill Haven Nursing Home, at the age of 95. Mr. McKinley was a great father, good friend to have, and a very good man.  He was an avid gardener in his retired years, still gardening at age 94!  Born in White Plains on June 25, 1920, he was the son of the late Edgar Lawson and Minnie McKinley.  He was preceded in death by his son, J. W. McKinley, Jr., granddaughter, Brandy McKinley; and his eight siblings, Aretta McKinley, Earl McKinley, Walter McKinley, Edgar McKinley, Richard McKinley, Joe McKinley, Lewis McKinley and Lena McKinley.

Mr. McKinley was well known in Greene County.  He ran an auto/truck repair business for many years and also repaired farm equipment for the local farmers.  He was well known in Greene County and surrounding counties as “Shop Man”.  He loved mechanic work and continued to work on small engines, etc. after he closed his business.  He also ran a chicken farm for many years.

Survivors include his daughter, Peggy Gibby and son-in-law, Dean Gibby of Commerce, GA; daughter-in-law, Diane McKinley of Greensboro, GA; seven grandchildren, Alan McKinley of Greensboro, GA, Stacy McKinley (Gwen) of Danielsville, GA, William Robert Mize of Oxford, GA, Terry Gibby of Pelham, GA, April Stephens (Wayne) of Eufaula, AL, Tammy Greear (Justin) of Thomaston, GA and Cheryl Schumacher (Marc) of Richmond Hill, GA; 11 great grandchildren; a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.  

Memorial Services will be held Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. at McCommons Chapel, 109 W. Broad Street, Greensboro, GA 30642 with Rev. Dean Gibby and Rev. Robert Robinson officiating. The family will receive friends Saturday from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. before the service at McCommons Funeral Home. The family request that any memorials be made to Feed The Children, 333 N. Meredian, Oklahoma City, OK 73107 or White Plains Baptist Church Cemetery Maintenance Fund, P. O. Box 38, White Plains, GA 30678.  McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at www.mccommonsfuneralhome.com to sign the online guest register.


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Terry & Elaine Cantrell
   Posted Mon January 18, 2016
Peggy, you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Terry & Elaine Cantrell

Lyn Smith
   Posted Mon January 18, 2016
Our deepest condolences to you, Peggy.

Lyn & JR Smith

Jeanne Bryan Insalaco
   Posted Mon January 18, 2016
Peggy, so sorry to hear of your dads passing. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

Linda Bone
   Posted Mon January 18, 2016
Peggy and family,
I am so saddened to read about Mr. J W. He was an amazing man and an inspiration to many continuing to perform many tasks that others his age long ago discontinued. I was always so happy to wait on him when he came into the White Plains Post Office and he will be missed by many. Please accept my deepest sympathy.
Linda Bone

Ann Wilson
   Posted Tue January 19, 2016
I am so sorry for your loss.

Shirley and Emmett Caldwell
   Posted Tue January 19, 2016
We will miss him so much but we're so thankful for all of the memories.

Robert and Beverly Mize
   Posted Wed January 20, 2016
We are both so sorry for your loss. He was one of a kind