Miriam Pierce (Smith) McKinley

Born: Sun., Dec. 23, 1934
Died: Sun., Aug. 21, 2016


6:00 PM to 8:30 PM, Mon., Aug. 22, 2016
Location: McCommons Funeral Home

Funeral Service

3:00 PM Tue., Aug. 23, 2016
Location: Liberty United Methodist Church

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Miriam Pierce Smith McKinley of Eatonton, GA, died on August 21, 2016 at the age of 81 years.  Born on December 23, 1934, in the Liberty Community of Greene County, Georgia, she was the daughter of the late Joe Branson and Hallie Turner Smith.  She graduated from Greensboro High School in 1952 and from Georgia State College for Women (now Georgia College) in Milledgeville in 1956.  During her teen years, Miriam served as pianist at Liberty United Methodist Church.  Following college, she taught school and served as librarian at Central Gwinnett High School, Lawrenceville, GA until her second child was born.  She loved flowers and always made sure that her house was in order and yard manicured.  She was very involved with rearing her children, making sure that they did their school work and were in church every Sunday.  She had a beautiful singing voice and loved to sing all the old hymns which she knew by heart.  She often sang in church choirs and taught Sunday School for many years.  Miriam loved to work cross-word puzzles, read, and above all travel.  She and her husband  camped in many locations throughout the continental United States, Alaska, Mexico, and the Maritime Provinces of Canada.  They also traveled to Hawaii, Europe, the British Isles, the Greek Isles, the Holyland, Egypt, South America, Central America, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, and Istanbul, Turkey.  Wherever they went, Miriam always kept a daily log while her husband took photos.  Once home, Miriam would document their travels in wonderfully detailed scrapbooks which she assembled with loving care.  

In addition to her husband of more than 60 years, Thomas McKinley, Miriam is survived by two daughters; Karen and husband Bruce Talgo of Suwanee, GA, and Krista and husband Mark Miller of Orlando, FL; brother Keith and wife Margie Smith of Smyrna, GA; grandchildren Kyle Woodall, Cole Miller, and Nathan Miller; niece Denise Dupuy of Woodstock, GA; nephew Dane and wife Tina Smith of Fountainville, PA; great-nephew Branson Dupuy; and great-nieces Brandi Smith and Kaitlin Dupuy.

The family will receive visitors at McCommons Funeral Home, 109 West Broad Street, Greensboro, GA 30642 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, August 22, 2016.  Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at Liberty United Methodist Church, 3091 Liberty Church Road, White Plains, GA 30678 with burial to follow in the church cemetery.  Dr. Rick Standard and Rev. Tom Compton will conduct the service.  Serving as pallbearers are Kyle Woodall, Nathan Miller, Cole Miller, John McKinley, Frank McKinley, Roger Webb, Alan Fowler, Ben Fowler. The family requests that any memorials be made to Liberty United Methodist Church building fund, c/o Dede Smith, 1691 Bramlett Road, Greensboro, GA 30642.  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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Jim and Pat Johnson
   Posted Sun August 21, 2016
Dear T.W. and family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you.
With Love,
Jim and Pat

Lyle and Carroll Allen
   Posted Sun August 21, 2016
Tom, please know that you and your daughters are in our thoughts and prayers. May God comfort all of your during this time of loss. May God watch over each of you. "Pastor Lyle" and Carroll Allen

Bill Berryman, Salena Holschbach, and Shelly Berndt
   Posted Sun August 21, 2016
Karen, and the entire McKinley family,
Please know that in this time of loss we who cannot know the depth of your pain do stand in readiness to lend a helping hand, words of encouragement, or simply a shoulder upon which to lean.

With deepest sympathy,

Bill Berryman, Salena Holschbach, and Shelly Berndt

Janet Hallman
   Posted Mon August 22, 2016
To my cousins, TW, Krista, Karen & families, and Keith and Margie,

Miriam was a wonderful person....full of life, adventures, stories and love. I am so glad to have called her my cousin.....family. Just know that all of you are in our thoughts and prayers. Reasons we do not know, but only God does, is that he really must have needed a beautiful, wonderful Angel. Have so many wonderful memories of Miriam that I will hold dear to my heart. Prayers to each and every one of you.

Lots of Love,

Janet, David, Josh and Robert

John Wayne Partin
   Posted Mon August 22, 2016
Your family has meant so much to my life. Please know that I am thinking of you and you have our sympathy.
John Wayne and Belva

William Poole
   Posted Mon August 22, 2016
My sincere condolences to you and Your family.
My thoughts are with you in your time of grief.

Robert and Darlene Long
   Posted Mon August 22, 2016
Tom. please accept our encouragement and prayers in your time of loss. We love you and wish you peace and blessed assurance.

Blessed is the pure in heart, they will see Jesus. Matt. 5:8

Michael & Roxanne Noles
   Posted Mon August 22, 2016
We were so sad to hear of Ms. Miriam's passing, we are sending our love & healing prayers to all of you. Word's can not express how wonderful she & Tom were to us when we were invited to one of the family gatherings years ago. We remember a fun outing for B-a-Que & a beautiful boat ride to see all the grand homes around the lakes. Love Roxie & Michael.

James Dwight Goodson
   Posted Mon August 22, 2016
So sorry for your loss. It's always too soon but it sounds like she had a wonderful, fulfilled life.

Clyde & Laura Smith
   Posted Mon August 22, 2016
Laura and I send our sincere sympathy to Tom, Karen and Krista and all the family in this time of grief. Just remember that joy comes in the morning.

We cherished our dear friends in Georgia, although we didn't visit as much as we should have after our time together in San Antonio, TX. We loved the times our travel brought us together and we will always remember the wonderful Christmas letters Miriam wrote. May God bless you all. Clyde & Laura

Dane, Tinamarie, and Brandi Smith
   Posted Mon August 22, 2016
Brandi, Tina, and I each have many fond memories of Miriam that we will keep with us and cherish for as long as we live. Uncle TW, we love you and are so sorry for your loss.

Carolyn Bryan Taylor
   Posted Mon August 22, 2016
T.W. and family,

You are in my thoughts and prayers. I went to school and graduated with Miriam and the class of 1952. She was a dear person.


Robert and Annette Dowdy
   Posted Tue August 23, 2016
Our deepest sympathy to the family, so sorry for your loss.

Martha Corry Thomas
   Posted Tue August 23, 2016
T. W. and Family, thinking of all of you at this time. I always thought so much of Miriam. She was such a sweet person.

Robby Stamper
   Posted Tue August 23, 2016
Sending all my love and condolences to you during this time of loss. May the peace that passes all understanding comfort you in the days ahead.

   Posted Tue August 23, 2016
T.W. and Family:
My thoughts and prayers are with you. Miriam and I was good friends and Lee Lee Wheeler and I had a lot of fun with her in our time in school.

Betty Meeks O'Neal
   Posted Thu August 25, 2016
So sorry to read of Miriam's death. We graduated from Greensboro HS in 1952 and saw her and T.W. occasionally. I have many fond memories of our years together at Siloam Elementary and then Greensboro HS. My prayers are with her family and I know that day by day God will heal their hearts.

Linda Ralston
   Posted Tue September 06, 2016
Dear Mr.McKinley,
I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Mrs. McKinley. She fought a long battle and I know she is now at peace. I will be keeping you and your family in my prayers as you adjust to life without your beloved one.
Linda Ralston