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 www.mccommonsfuneralhome.com to sign the online guest register.