Walter Lee McKinney

Walter Lee McKinney, son of Ted and Bertha McKinney, was born Jan. 29, 1937, at Tyrone, Texas County, Mo., and died March 17, 2012, at Texas County Memorial Hospital

He was united in marriage to Cleta Catherine Goforth on June 21, 1958, at Stultz, Mo. To this union, two children were born.

He spent most of his early years in the Tyrone community, where he attended Tyrone and Big Creek schools. After his marriage, Walter and Cleta purchased a farm near Tyrone, Mo., where he farmed and also worked at Mid-America Dairy at Cabool, Mo. On May 21, 2000, he retired after 30 years of service. Shortly before his retirement, they sold the farm and moved to Houston, Mo.

He is survived by his wife, Cleta of Houston, Mo.; one daughter, Barbara Head of Houston, Mo.; one son, Harold Lee McKinney of Houston, Mo.; one brother, Herbert Keith McKinney of Jennings, Mo.; five sisters, Dorothy Henry of Glen Carbon, Ill., Jewell McKinney of Saint Ann, Mo., Wilma Douglas of Cumberland, Iowa, Gladys Garrett of Success, Mo., and Carol Terrill of Ft. Worth, Texas; two grandsons; three step-grandchildren; two great-grandsons; three step great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ted and Bertha McKinney; two brothers, Jackie Howard McKinney and Kenneth Roy McKinney; and one sister, Betty Goodman.

Funeral services were 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, 2012, at Evans Funeral Home with the Rev. Harold Smith officiating. Pallbearers were Doyle Goforth, Dewayne Goforth, Donnie Goforth, Paul Goodman, Heath Head and Matt Head. Burial was in Ozark Cemetery, Houston, Mo., under the direction of Evans Funeral Home

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