Jean 'Red' McKinney

(May 21, 1937 - March 16, 2022)


Jean “Red” McKinney, 84, of Powell, passed away on March 16, 2022, at Powell Valley Healthcare. 

Red was born in Wytherville, Virginia, on May 21, 1937. He was the son of Fred McKinney and Norma Safewright McKinney. 

Red was a veteran of the U.S. Army, where he earned a national defense medal. Red was a cook in the Army and had enjoyed cooking and feeding his friends ever since. 

Red was a master electrician and traveled the U.S. working. 

Red loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He also had a garden each year and enjoyed sharing vegetables with his neighbors. 

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by son Jean Andrew McKinney, Jr. and 10 siblings. 

Jean is survived by his three daughters: Natalie and husband Gregory Bayliff, Angela and husband Mark White, and Sharon and husband Kevin Engelhardt. Red has a surviving brother, Richard “Dickie” McKinney and wife Ginny, and a surviving sister, Stella McKinney Cox. Red also had six grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-granddaughter. 

Red’s nieces and nephews were also a big part of his life. Red loved calling family and friends, and telling wild stories. He loved a good joke. 

A celebration of life was held on Friday, March 18.