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Jerry McKinney
February 23, 1936 - December 1, 2019

Mr. Jerry Max McKinney of Trumann departed this life on Sunday, December 1, 2019 at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro, AR at the age of 83 years, 9 months and 8 days. Jerry was born Sunday, February 23, 1936 in Greene County and lived in Trumann for the last 55 years and was formerly of Paragould and Jonesboro. He owned and operated Trumann Drug for 55 years. Jerry was a member of the Arkansas Pharmacist Association; Member of Trumann Chamber of Commerce; President of University of Tennessee Rho Chi Pharmacy Honor Society 1960-61; Trumann Senior Softball 1999-2012; Class President 1954 Stanford High School; Scholarship at Freed-Hardeman College 1957-58 for Basketball and played baseball; and was an Elder of the Viva Drive Church of Christ.  He was preceded in death by three step-brothers, Darrell Higgins, Jerald Higgins and Max Higgins, one step-sister Charlene Jones; his step-mother, Inez Greenway McKinney, and his parents, George Daniel and Imogene Higgins McKinney. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, JoAnn Hodges McKinney of the home; two daughters, Kelly (Robert) Harrell of Cabot, AR and Julia (Jerry) Goff of Trumann; one son, Christopher McKinney of Trumann; one step-sister, Hattie Higgins (Joe) Emery of Paragould, AR; one step-brother, Hoyt (Lesta) Higgins of Taylorsville, KY;  and six grandchildren, Kelsey (David) Sutton of Little Rock,  AR, Reed Harrell of Searcy, AR,  Trey Goff of Trumann, AR, Ainslee McKinney of Memphis, TN, Jacie Goff of Trumann, AR, and Jaxson Goff of Trumann, AR. Visitation will be Thursday evening from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Viva Drive Church of Christ in Trumann.  A Celebration of Life will be Friday morning at 11:00 a.m. with Bill Willard, Joe Spangler and Gary Hill officiating.  Burial will be at 3:00 p.m. in Pine Knott Cemetery near Paragould, AR under the direction of Thompson Funeral Home of Trumann.       Pallbearers will be Robert Harrell, Reed Harrell, David Sutton, Jerry Goff, Trey Goff and Jaxson Goff.  Honorary pallbearers will be Joe Mitchell, Mike Conatser, Dwight England, Leroy May, Harry Vredingburgh, Woeford Conatser, Kelvin Conatser, Bill Willard, Joe Spangler and Gary Hill. Memorials can be made to the Viva Drive Church of Christ, P.O Box 545 Trumann, AR  72472 for Hope Children’s Home in Guyana.      An online register book can be signed at www.thompsonfuneralhome.net.

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December 5, 2019
05:00 PM - 07:00 PM

Viva Drive Church of Christ

Trumann, AR 72472

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Funeral Service

December 6, 2019
11:00 AM

Viva Drive Church of Christ

Trumann, AR 72472

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  1. Johnnie Kendall, Star City, AR 71667 says

    So sorry for the lose of your dad Chris...He was such a good man...I know he will be missed...

  2. Laverne Loveland Prichard, Harrison Ar. says

    Sorry Joann and family for your loss. I worked for Jerry in the early 70's.He was a great boss and a great man! I visted and ate at the fountain before it closed.Working at Trumann Drug was a happy memory for me..I lost my father in 73,was working there at this time.Loved working with Jack,Jerry,Imogene and Hazel.. Praying that God blesses and comforts you and your family.Laverne Loveland

  3. Robert French, Jonesboro says

    Sorry for your loss Chris. My dad died in 2007.

  4. Amy Willie, PAtagould,Ar says

    I knew Jerry when he had graduated from high school. He was a fine young man and stayed the same as he grew older. So proud of him and the life he chose to follow. He was a faithful Christian and I pray for his family in the loss of him.May God bless all of you.

  5. Rhonda miles (Madden), Jonesboro ar says

    So sorry for your loss, prayers for comfort

  6. Amy Willie, Paragould,Ar says

    Ok we Jerry when graduated high school. He was such an outstanding young man. So proud of him in his adult years and the wonderful person he continued to be and of his Christian faith. May your memories help you to make it thru this difficult time and may God bless all the family.

  7. Amy Willie, Paragould, Ar says

    I have known Jerry since his high school days. He was an outstanding young man and I was so very proud of the man he was in adult life, and of his Christian character. May his family find peace and love in his memories.I havknown Jerry

  8. Glenda Brecheen , Trumann says

    Prayers for the family, he was a wonderful man and very caring human being love the Brecheen and Eich family

  9. Mike Chaffin, Russellville, Ar says

    JoAnn and family so sorry for your loss. I had the privilege to work for Jerry at Trumann Drug back in 64-67. One of the finest men i've ever known. Thankful that i was able to visit with last year on a visit to Trumann. Blessed to have known him. Praying for all of you.

  10. Crystal, Trumann says

    RIH Mr. Jerry

  11. Vickie Mink, Bay, Arkansas says

    Jerry was such a dear sweet man and will be missed by all who knew him. He made us feel so welcome at Viva Drive. I already miss his warm handshakes and words of wisdom. Our prayers are with the family.

  12. Donnie and Iva Scroggins, Trumann, AR says

    Iva and I will miss your smile and genuine Love you had for everyone. May God comfort your Family.

  13. Martha Gwaltney-Lea, Jonesboro, AR says

    So very sorry about Jerry. He was such a good man. I can remember coming down to the drug store downtown by the railroad tracks with my dad, Carl Gwaltney. He was always wanting to get me a soda. Prayers and hugs for the family.

  14. Lynn Osment, Trumann, AR says

    My thoughts and prayers are with the McKinney family. Jerry McKinney's kindness, generosity and love for his customers will always be appreciated and remembered.

  15. Stan Cragg, Conway, AR says

    What a wonderful man! I worked for Jerry, Carl and Jack at Campbell Drug and Trumann Drug Stores while I was in high school. One of the best men I have ever crossed paths with in this life! I will see you again someday! Peaceful rest...??????????????????

  16. Bill and Mary Ruth Matthews, Trumann AR says

    Mr. Jerry was a great man. We were so glad that we had the many years to know him. Trumann and Mr. Jerry's family have had a wonderful man as husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather and friend.

  17. Bob Akins, LITTLE ROCK says

    My thoughts and prayers are with Jerry's family and although I did not know Jerry that well, the few times I had the pleasure of his company he was always very kind. Wishing the family peace and comfort for the days ahead knowing his loving memories will forever be in your hearts.

  18. Kenny White , Memphis, TN says

    Jerry was my boss at Campbell's Drug and Trumann Drug from the time I was 14 to 18. He taught me so much about customer service and how to treat people kindly no matter what their station in life. He showed me how a husband and father should act. Most of all he was a friend. Trumann was blessed to have had a man like Jerry for so many years! So was I...

  19. Stan Bufford, ATLANTA, GA says

    Your husband and father meant so much to me as a teenager working at Campbell’s Drug. He was a wonderful man who always took the time to ask me how I was doing and how my mom and dad were doing. He seemed to be very interested and what his ex-soda jerks were up to. I will always appreciate the job and the advice he shared with me from 1966 - 1970.

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  21. karen penna, brandon, ms. says

    Dear family, I am so sorry to hear about Jerry passing. I have always loved this sweet man. He was always friendly and caring each time I saw him. He was a great man.

  22. Connie Bradsher, Foley, Alabama says

    So sorry for your loss. Jerry was a great man.

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