J.C. McKinney, Jr.

j.c. mckinney, jr.

March 22, 1953 ~ November 29, 2021

Born in: Colorado Springs, CO
Resided in: Candler, NC

John Clayton “J.C.” McKinney, Jr., 68, of Candler, passed away Monday, November 29, 2021 at the CarePartners Solace Center.

A native of Colorado Springs, CO, J.C. was a son of the late John Clayton and Pauline Laughter McKinney. He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Pamela Barker McKinney, and a sister, Peggy Dyer.

Mr. McKinney worked as a truck driver for 47 years, with 6 million incident free miles, mostly with FedEx. He also was a part-time driver with Ingles. He was a member of Trinity Baptist Church, where he served faithfully as a parking attendant. He was also active with Hearts With Hands, and with the Republican Party, working as an election poll worker.

Surviving are his wife, Kathy Hanzas McKinney; son, Ben McKinney (Amy); stepchildren, Kelly H. Owensby (Jerry) and Rick Hoyle (Paula); grandchildren, Whitney McKinney, Daniel McKinney, Quinn McKinney, Austin Owensby, Evan Hoyle and Emerson Hoyle; sisters, Luwanda McKinney (Kevin) and Judy Edney; and a brother, Raymond McKinney (Linda).

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 2, at Trinity Baptist Church, with the Rev. Dr. Ralph Sexton and the Rev. Allen Rash officiating. Face masks will be required at the church.

Interment will follow at Green Hills Cemetery, where the family will greet friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hearts With Hands, P.O. Box 6444, Asheville, NC 28816.


Funeral Service: December 2, 2021 11:00 am

Trinity Baptist Church of Asheville
216 Shelburne Rd.
Asheville, NC 28806


Burial: December 2, 2021 12:00 pm

Green Hills Cemetery
25 New Leicester Hwy.
Asheville, NC 28806


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


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  1. So many good memories of JC and Kathy. All the meals and sitting around the table afterward’s having good talk’s and laughter!! I will miss you my friend, but one day i will see you again!! Until than RIP…..Love You! Mary Hensley

  2. JC you will be missed. You were a great person and always great to be around. I will truly miss you but hopefully we will meet again. Love you

  3. What a great Uncle JC was. He always had plenty of hugs and laughter to share and making everyone around him feel special. I am sure going to miss him.

  4. We first met JC when he came into our business, but he quickly became one of our favorite people. Always a smile on his face, and a kind or encouraging word or a good story. His light always shined. He eventually met my parents, brightening their days as well. We will miss him.

  5. I’m so saddened at the lost of an old friend, but very thankful for having known JC in his youth and later after reconnecting on FB. I will miss him and his posts…

  6. Sorry to hear about the loss of JC. He was a good friend to us at Advanced Digital Cable in Hayesville. We spent our day waiting for him to come around the corner cause we knew he was going to give us a good laugh. Being around JC for those years was a real blessing to us and we really missed him when he retired from FedEx. May God be with the family during this time and you guys are in our prayers.

  7. Ben and family, we are so sorry for your loss JC was a great man and father he will be missed greatly. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.

  8. Kathy and Ben… my deepest sympathy on your loss of J.C. He was dear friend and co-worker. I last saw him at Messino Cancer Center when I was there for an infusion and we had a nice talk. He said he was still fighting like “A Girl” trying to get better. He will be greatly missed.

  9. JC and Kathy are special giving people. Their ministry of caring , giving of themselves, and showing love and compassion were alway present. The Brown sisters have seen and experienced their ministry. JC mowed our mother’s yard for us when mom moved in beside JC and Kathy. JC would help if we needed help just getting her in the house or helping us when she was struggling to move around. He certainly has seen his Savior and is in Heaven. Thank you Kathy for your part in the time we shared with you and JC. God’s reward is there awaiting for you. As sisters, we love you and send prayers your way in the days ahead.

  10. So sorry to hear about J.C.s passing he was a good husband, father,and a good Christain friend we will miss him but he is not suffering now .He is home where we are waiting our turn to go. God Bless his family

  11. Such an honor to have met back in the 80’s! We were all instant friends and you opened your home so that when Mitch was on the road that I was not alone! Such an awesome person and we loved you, Pam and Benjamin so much! I know God blessed you with another wife and I am sure she is amazing also! I will be praying for your family!
    Till we meet in heaven!❤️ We loved you my friend!

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