Obituary Details

Donald Lee McKinney

July 12, 1923 - February 19, 2015

Birthplace & Residence

Information withheld per family request

Visitation

Location:
Renaissance Funeral Home & Cremation Tribute Center
Date:
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Time:
1:30 PM to 2:30 PM

Funeral

Location:
Renaissance Funeral Home & Cremation Tribute Center
Date:
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Service Time:
2:30 PM to 3:30 PM

Cemetery

Information withheld per family request

Notes

Donald Lee McKinney, 91 of Raleigh, died Thursday afternoon, February 19th 2015.

Donald was born in Evanston, Illinois, on July 12, 1923, but his family moved to Washington, D.C., two years later. He enrolled at the University of North Carolina in 1942. In 1943 his studies were interrupted when he entered the U.S. Navy. He returned to UNC in 1946, earning his degree in English and Journalism two years later. McKinney was a magazine editor for over 30 years, a writing professor, book reviewer, and author. Most recently he published his second book, a novel titled “Murder of a Modern Woman”.

Donald is preceded in death by his sister Carol Grace McKinney and his wife Mary Joyce McKinney.

He is survived by his daughter Jennifer McKinney Magnus and husband Tom of Sarasota, Florida; and his son Douglas Guy McKinney and wife Jennifer of Raleigh, NC; and his three grandchildren; Maegan Dobner, and her husband Scott, Caroline McKinney, and Robert McKinney.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, February 24, 2015, from 1:30pm to 2:30pm at Renaissance Funeral Home, 7615 Six Forks Rd, Raleigh NC 27615, followed by a funeral service at 2:30pm, in the Renaissance Funeral Home Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Inter-faith Food Shuttle, P.O. Box 14638
Raleigh, NC 27620. Condolences: rfhr.com

* As of 11:30 am 02/24/2015 this service has NOT been cancelled. Please check back for updates or call us at 919-866-1866
Posted by:
Becky Seymour Sweeney
Posted on:
February 25, 2015
Dear Jenny and Doug,
I know I speak for all the Seymours from our Adams Ave. days when I send our sympathies to you on the loss of your wonderful father. He was one of the true greats of the neighborhood, such a strong and kind presence, always. Keep all of your memories closeby and that way he will always guide you in the years to come. Our prayers and love are with you,
Becky Seymour Sweeney and my parents, Mark, Pete, Carrie, Luke and Paul
Posted by:
Nancy Lee
Posted on:
February 25, 2015
Jennifer: Sorry to hear of your dad's passing. I remember your parents as being such sweet people. - Nancy Wright Lee
Posted by:
Paul Najarian
Posted on:
February 23, 2015
I am very saddened to learn of Mr. McKinney's passing. I remember Don well from his days at Shore and Country Club, a nice guy and class act the likes of which we've seen infrequently since he moved from CT. God bless Don and the entire extended McKinney family.
Paul Najarian
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Visitation

Renaissance Funeral Home & Cremation Tribute Center
7615 Six Forks Rd
Raleigh, NC 27615
919-866-1866
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Funeral

Renaissance Funeral Home & Cremation Tribute Center
7615 Six Forks Rd
Raleigh, NC 27615
919-866-1866
View Website

Cemetery

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