Created August 27, 2018

In Memory

This eternal flame burns forever
in remembrance of Morris Harvey McKinnon

Morris Harvey McKinnon

March 17, 1933 - April 6, 2021


Morris Harvey McKinnon, age 88, of Parkers Chapel passed from this life

on Tuesday, April 6, 2021, at his residence, following a brief illness. He

was born on March 17, 1933 at the Shiloh Community near Three Creeks,

AR to Harvey Gratis McKinnon and Lettie Grace Lewis McKinnon.


Morris spent his early years in tents at schools and sawmills where his

father taught and worked in the commissary. The family moved to Wesson

Road when he was 6, and he began school at Parkers Chapel School.

Upon graduation Morris attended college at Southern State College (now

Southern Arkansas University) before being drafted by Uncle Sam. After

serving two years in the United States Army during the Korean War, he

resumed his college education and married Mary Margaret Ledbetter on

September 2, 1955. He went on to graduate with a bachelor's degree in

Physical Education and began coaching at Mount Holly Schools. He

continued his education at the University of Arkansas working on his

Masters and began his position as Superintendent of Mount Holly

Schools for 28 years. As a small school superintendent Morris did

everything from driving buses, cleaning and waxing floors, fixing walk-in

freezers, to supervising a wonderful staff that worked together to educate

the young people of the community. After leaving Mt. Holly Morris returned

to Parkers Chapel Schools as a teacher/coach where he taught math,

drove a bus, and coached baseball before retiring.



Morris was a member of Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church and

served as the President of the Curtis Grove and Pleasant Grove Cemetery

Associations. He also was part of the church group who sang twice a

month at local nursing homes. He was a member of the Derrick City

Sam's Camping Club and served with Mary as camp hosts at Lake

Catherine State Park for 30 years. Morris currently served on the

Newell/Wesson Water Association where he served as President for

several years. He was also a Master Mason in The Grand Lodge of

Arkansas, F & A.M. Mt Moriah #18.



He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 65 years, Mary

Margaret Ledbetter McKinnon; sister Betty Sue McKinnon Carter; brothers

Thomas McKinnon, Bruce McKinnon, and Bob McKinnon; grandson,

Matthew Reaves; son-in-law Mike Reaves; grandson-in-law Josh Koon;

and sister-in-law Bobbie Ledbetter.



Those left to cherish his memory include daughters Kathy Reaves of

Parkers Chapel and Rhonda Swilley (Tracy) of Parkers Chapel; sons

Randall McKinnon (Cathy) of Fairplay, CO, and Steve McKinnon (Regina)

of Farmerville, LA; grandchildren Dianna Swilley, Chris Reaves, Amanda

Brown (Harvey), Kimberly McKinnon and Koby McKinnon; great-

grandchildren Addalyn and Emma Adams, Karley and Wesson Koon,

Dallas and Graeham Malone, and Owen and Mia Brown; sister Billie Jean

Loftin of Shreveport, LA, brothers Jerry McKinnon (Sue) of Shreveport,

LA, and Danny McKinnon (Lynn) of Shreveport, LA; sisters-in-law Frances

McKinnon of Fayetteville, AR; Martha Thomas of Eureka Springs, AR;

Dorothy Bayne of Longview, TX; Elizabeth Collins (Clay) of Hope, AR and

brother-in-law Tommy Ledbetter of Eureka Springs, AR; a special nephew

Larry Carter and wife Carolyn; and many nieces and nephews along with




Visitation will be from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm on Thursday, April 8, 2021 at

Bailey Funeral Home.



Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am on Friday, April 9, 2021 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.



Honorary Pallbearers will be both current and past members of the Derrick

City Sam's Camping Club; fellow faculty of Mount Holly and Parkers

Chapel Schools and former students.



The Family wish to thank the staff of Johnny B's Diner for their many years

of love and service to Mary & Morris McKinnon.



Memorials can be made to the Pleasant Grove Cemetery or Curtis Grove

Cemetery care of Rhonda Swilley, 6707 Wesson Road, Junction City, AR


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Though He's gone, He is not forgotten.
Though absent, He remains in spirit.
Though once a worker, He now rests.

by The Arkansas Good Sams

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