Created August 27, 2018
This eternal flame burns forever
in remembrance of Mary L. McKinnon
November 8, 1934 - September 27, 2020
Mary L. McKinnon age 85 of Parkers Chapel passed away Sunday,
September 27, 2020 at the Medical Center of South Arkansas, following a
brief illness. Mary was born on November 8, 1934 in Prescott, AR to the
late Florence Hall Ledbetter and Dennis Ferrish Ledbetter.
Raised on a dairy farm Mary was the oldest daughter of 6 children. She
learned to milk cows and can garden produce at a young age. She
attended college at Southern State College (now Southern Arkansas
University) where she majored in business education and graduated in
three years. College is also where she met and married Morris McKinnon
on September 2, 1955. Both Mary and Morris went on to work for the
Mount Holly School District for 28 years and at Parkers Chapel School for
2 years as administrators and teachers. She attended the University of
Fayetteville during summers working on her Masters Degree in
Secondary Education. Mary McKinnon retired with 30 years and went on
to substitute at Parkers Chapel for another 15 years. She touched many
lives as an educator and those lives touched her.
Mary was a member of Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church where
she served as treasurer for 20 years. She was the secretary/treasurer of
the Curtis Grove and Pleasant Grove Cemeteries. She also was part of
the church group who sang twice a month at Nursing Homes for 35 years.
She was a member of the Derrick City Sams Camping Club and Camp
Hosted at Lake Catherine State Park for 30 years.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Bobbie Jo
Ledbetter; one grandson, Matthew Reaves; son in law, Mike Reaves, and
grandson in law, Josh Koon.
Those left to cherish her memory include; her husband of 65 years, Morris
McKinnon; two daughters, Kathy Reaves, and Rhonda Swilley and
husband Tracy, all of Parkers Chapel; two sons, Randall McKinnon and
wife Cathy of Fairplay, CO, and Steve McKinnon and wife Regina of
Farmerville, LA; five grandchildren, Dianna Adams, Chris Reaves,
Amanda Brown and husband Harvey, Kimberly McKinnon and Koby
McKinnon; six great grandchildren, Addalyn Adams, Emma Adams,
Karley Koon, Wesson Koon, Dallas Malone and Graeham Malone; three
sisters, Martha Thomas of Eureka Springs, AR, Dorothy Bayne of Tyler,
TX, Elizabeth Collins and husband Clay of Hope, AR; one brother,
Tommy Ledbetter of Eureka Springs; two sisters in law, Billie Jean Loftin
of Shreveport, and Frances McKinnon of Fayetteville; two brothers in law,
Jerry McKinnon and wife Sue, and Danny McKinnon, all of Bossier City,
LA; special nephew, Larry Carter and wife Carolyn along with a host of
other nieces, nephews and friends.
Visitation will be from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm on Wednesday, September
30, 2020 at Bailey Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 on
Thursday, October 1, 2020 at Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church,
with Bro. Tracy Roden officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant Grove
Cemetery under the direction of Bailey Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be: Koby McKinnon, Chris Reaves, Sterling Claypoole,
Tommy Pierce, Jeremy Carter, Troy Bayne, Harvey Brown and Greg
Bayne. Honorary pallbearers will be: current and past members of the
Derrick City Sams Camping Club, fellow faculty and her former students.
Any planned memorials may be made to Pleasant Grove Cemetery or
Curtis Grove Cemetery Funds, C/O Morris McKinnon, 6732 Wesson Rd,
Junction City, AR 71749
Though She's gone, She is not forgotten.
Though absent, She remains in spirit.
Though once a worker, She now rests.
by The Arkansas Good Sams
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