She attended Waterville Baptist Church and was retired from Magic Chef (Whirlpool) after 33 years of service. She was also retired from the Bradley County Nursing Home and the Michigan Avenue School cafeteria.
She was one of the first ladies hired at Dixie Foundry (Whirlpool) during World War II. She loved to participate in the Senior Olympic Games at both the district and state level, and won several gold medals.
She was preceded in death by the fathers of her children: Clarence Ervin McKinney, George Johnson and Roy Cantrell; four brothers: D.R. Cross, Avery L. Cross, Bufford B. Cross and Allie E. Cross; and four sisters: Dottye Cross Haney, Ruth Cross Geren, Edith Cross Carlton and Sallie E. Cross.
Survivors include her daughter, Joyce McKinney Goins (Quinton); two sons: Glover L. McKinney (Florence) and James E. McKinney (Jan); nine grandchildren: Mark Thomas Goins, David Lee McKinney, Clarence Patrick McKinney, Curtis Dale McKinney, Michael Steven McKinney, Donna Lynn McKinney Morrison, James Ervin McKinney Jr., Joseph Eric McKinney and Jacob Eli McKinney; 15 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Lila Cross Haney; two brothers: Winfred Conway Cross and George W. Cross; and one special adopted granddaughter who was her caregiver, Julie Goins Tallent.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, in the chapel of Grissom Funeral Home with Pastor Allan Lovelace officiating.
Interment will follow in Fort Hill Cemetery with James Ervin McKinney Jr., Joseph Eric McKinney, Jacob Eli McKinney, CMAS David Lee McKinney, U.S. Air Force, Curtis Dale McKinney and Mark Cody Goins serving as pallbearers.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 9 p.m. this evening at the funeral home.
The family requests that memorials be made to Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., 7th Floor, New York NY 10001 or www.alzfdn.org.
We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the Cantrell family guest book at www.grissomfh.net.