|Birth: ||Sep. 20, 1936|
|Death: ||Jan. 17, 2008|
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The Okemah News Leader -- January 24, 2008
Funeral services for David "Sonny" McKinney, 71, were held Mon., Jan. 21 at 2 p.m. at Thlopthlocco United Methodist Church, north of Wetumka, with Rev. Alfred Berryhill officiating. Wake services were held Sun., Jan. 20 at 7 p.m. at Williamson Funeral Home in Wetumka, with Rev. J.B. Fish officiating. He died Thurs., Jan. 17 in Tulsa.
Born Sept. 20, 1936 in Wetumka to David James and Pauline Marie (Canard) McKinney, he attended Wetumka Public Schools, graduating in 1954. He attended Oklahoma State University. The began his working career as a Civil Engineer for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation and then owned McKinney Brother's Construction Company in the 1970s with his brother, Roger "Bill" McKinney. He worked for the Muscogee "Creek" Nation as a housing inspector and transportation planner from 1975 to 1997 and then as the Executive Director of the Intertribal Transportation Association at their national headquarters in Stillwater, from 1997-2001. He worked as a part-time Tribal Engineer for Kialegee Tribal Town, where he helped construct the family life building in Wetumka before his health, forced his retirement. He was a proud member of the Thlopthlocco United Methodist Church, the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, where he served as a council member, Tuckabachee Tribal Town and was of the Wotko Clan.
He enjoyed rodeos, leather working, Oklahoma football (especially OSU), and was especially happy when he was around his daughter, grandchildren and the rest of his family.
Preceding him in death was his father in 1998.
Survivors include his mother, of Wetumka; a daughter and son-in-law, Lori and Wayne Robinson, Okmulgee; a brother, Roger "Bill" McKinney, Wetumka; three grandchildren, Brandon, Bradley and Breanna Robinson, Okmulgee; a nephew, Jason McKinney, and three nieces, Tina McKinney, Wetumka, Misti (and Lonnie) Paxton, Tuttle and Julia (and
Lonnie) Moore, Arlington, Tex.; several other great-nephews and nieces, many cousins and friends.
Pallbearers were Darrell Coachman, Randy Meadors, Willie Yargee, Rick Griggs, Johnny Johnson and Everett Waller. Honorary pallbearers were Brandon Robinson, Cody Coachman, Seth Paxton, Jason McKinney, Steve Hulstine and Alien Yargee.
Interment was at Canard-McKinney Family Cemetery in Wetumka under the direction of Williamson Funeral Home of Wetumka.
Canard--McKinney Family Cemetery
Created by: Debbie Lee Long
Record added: Feb 11, 2008
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