|Birth: ||Jul. 9, 1923|
|Death: ||Jun. 15, 2011, USA|
Robert Leonadis "R.L." McKinney Jr. was born on July 9, 1923, in the old Coates house in Big Lake, Texas. He went to be with his Lord on Wednesday, June 15, 2011.
R.L. graduated from Reagan County High School in 1941. R.L. worked from age seven when he started selling newspapers and theatre popcorn to help support his family after his father died. Quoting from a Jan. 19, 1943, article in the San Angelo Standard-Times reporting him receiving the "American Farmer" Award: "He turned down a Sears-Roebuck scholarship in 1942 at Texas Tech University to remain on the ranch. He borrowed $400 from the bank to go with his small savings and purchased 140 breeding ewes and in the following year did 'some trading' as he calls it. At the time his America Farmer application was approved, he had assets amounting to $4,100." Shortly after the article ran, although he had a deferrment because he was considered indispensable in an essential industry, R.L. told his beloved Uncle P.H. Coates, who owned and operated the ranch, that he wanted to go do his part and so he joined the U.S. Navy services in World War II. R.L. served as a radio operator on the U.S.S. Prometheus in the Pacific until the end of the war. After returning home from the war, he married his love of 64 years, Evelyn Stout.
He is survived by his wife, Evelyn Stout McKinney; three children: son Robert Leonadis "Pete" McKinney III and wife Patrice of Houston, Texas; daughter Cheryl deCordova and husband Aubrey of San Angelo; and daughter Lorri Jenkins and husband Mike of Big Lake.
He is survived by six grandchildren, Rachel Beaver and husband Jonathan, Robert Leonadis McKinney IV and wife Angie, Scott Jenkins, Kayla Jenkins, Emily deCordova and Clay deCordova and wife Shelia. He is survived by five great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, R.L."Lonnie" McKinney; mother Nilla Coates; his brother, W.C. "Itsy" McKinney; and two sisters, Merle Damron and Melva Daugherty.
R.L. owned and operated S&S 66 and Southwest Fuel Company in Big Lake for over 32 years. Numerous young men who worked summers with R.L. wrote letters to him thanking him for teaching them the value of hard work and responsibility. J.B. Bitner called R.L. the "Prince" of Reagan County because of his kindness, gentleness and love for people. He was a member of the Lion's Club, Chamber of Commerce, 1st Methodist Church, a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge, "Retail Business Member of the Year", a member of the American Legion and a charter member of the Big Lake Golf Association where he enjoyed playing golf with his many friends.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 18, at the First United Methodist Church in Big Lake, Texas, with graveside in Glen Rest Cemetery in Big Lake. Pallbearers will be Bill Schneemann, Bob Daugherty, Leonadis McKinney, Scott Jenkins, Casey King and Butch Stout. Honorary pallbearers will be H.O. Allen, Bill Scoggins, Roy Johnson and all of his golfing buddies. Family will be receiving friends and family from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, June 17, at Johnson's Funeral Home.
Published in GoSanAngelo from June 17 to June 19, 2011
Glen Rest Cemetery
GPS (lat/lon): 31.18745, -101.46487
Created by: Sonja Brumley Vaughn
Record added: Jun 18, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 71590121