American Veteran 04

James Howard "Jim" McKinney, Sr.

July 28, 1943 ~ December 26, 2021 (age 78)


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Family is requesting donations be made in Lieu of Flowers to United Ministries, 36 Artillery Dr, Sumter, SC 29151. 803-775-0757

Mr. James (Jim) Howard McKinney, Sr. was born in Rock Hill, SC on July 28, 1943, to Mr. Johnny and the late Mattie B. McKinney.  He departed this life on Sunday, December 26, 2021. 

Howard (Jim) attended West End Elementary School and Emmett Scott High School in Rock Hill.  Classmates described Howard as a class clown who was always mischievous and making people laugh.  In high school, he played the trumpet in the marching band.  His love of music and playing the trumpet led him to perform in a jazz band.  Also, Howard (Jim) attended Friendship Junior College.  He was drafted into the Army to serve in the Vietnam War where he served approximately  two years.

His first church home was Pineville AME Zion Church in Rock Hill, where he was a member of the youth choir and usher board.  Howard (Jim) was a dedicated member of Jehovah Missionary Baptist Church.  He served in various ministries such as the Deacon Ministry, Men’s Choir, Brotherhood Ministry, and Evangelism Ministry.

He served as President for the Crosswell Neighborhood Association and an   intake counselor for United Ministries.  He worked alongside others to create a safe, clean community and assist families during times of crisis. 

Howard (Jim) was the ultimate salesman.  He worked as a sales representative for Sunshine Biscuit, Keebler and Nabisco companies which lead him into insurance sales.  He opened the McKinney Agency in 1997. 

Howard (Jim) leaves his wife of forty years, Ruth McKinney, his father, Johnny McKinney of Rock Hill, SC, two daughters, Amy (Steve) Salters of Spartanburg, SC, Quinn Fortune of College Park, GA, four sons, James     Howard McKinney, Jr. (Sonny) of Rock Hill, SC, Dr. Johnathan (Nikki) McKinney of Harrisburg, NC, Tega (Nakia) McKinney of Lilburn, GA, and Cap. John (Winter) McKinney of Fountain, CO, one sister, Mattie (Garfield) Miller of Charlottle, NC, one brother, Johnny Lee (Carolyn) Graham of    Brunswick, GA, four brothers-in-law, Booker T (Dorothy) Fortune, Melvin (Teresa) Fortune, Daryle (Ella) Fortune all of St. Charles, SC, Reese Fuller of Florida, thirteen grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews. 


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December 29, 2021

2:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Funeral Service
December 30, 2021

10:00 AM

December 30, 2021

1:00 PM

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