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Wilkerson Funeral Home and Crematory
Friday May 17th, 2019
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Elsie French McKinney

Reidsville - Mrs. Elsie French McKinney, 91, passed from this earth to her heavenly home on Thursday May 9, 2019. Her abiding faith in God’s mercy and assurance of salvation through Jesus Christ lifted the hearts of all those who cared for her during her declining health. The family will receive visitors Friday, May 17 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Wilkerson Funeral Home, 1909 Richardson Drive, Reidsville. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am Saturday, May 18 at Wilkerson Funeral Home with Reverend Christy Clore presiding. The entombment will follow the service in Evergreen Memory Gardens. Elsie, the daughter of Zach Lafeyette French and Blanche Gibson Cobb French, was born April 29, 1928 in Brunswick County, Virginia. She married James Arnold McKinney Sr. January 29, 1947. She served as a teacher’s assistant in the Reidsville School system for 18 years before retiring. Elsie was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and neighbor. Elsie loved gardening and was a member of Reidsville Garden Club. Orchids flourished under her care. Elsie’s home was often voted lawn of the month for her cultivation of blooming shrubs and flowers. Her great passion was fishing from the Sheraton Pier at Atlantic Beach, but her greatest joy was fishing from a boat in the Intracoastal Waterway with her husband and sons. Until her health declined, Elsie was an active member of First Presbyterian Church. She served as a church Deacon, on numerous committees in support of the Church’s ministry to others and enjoyed the fellowship of Christ through Women’s Circle and Bible Study small groups. She applied her creative gifts to the making of countless Chrismon Ornaments that were hung on the church’s Christmas tree and celebrated the Christmas season. As a loving Mother, Elsie placed her faith in God and instructed her children in the ways of compassion, tenderness, forgiveness, respect for others and the mystery of faith. She was a present and engaged participant in her children and grandchildren’s lives, for which they are blessed ten-fold. Mrs. McKinney was preceded in death by her husband of 69 years, James Arnold McKinney Sr. and is survived by her children, James Arnold (Mack) McKinney Jr. (wife Mary Jane), Charles Reynolds McKinney (wife Jane), Judy McKinney Nance (husband Ron); grandchildren Melanie Leigh Torres (husband Lorenzo), James Arnold McKinney III (wife Kimberly), Justin Grant McKinney; and great grandson, Jensen Elijah Torres. She is also survived by her sister Jean Frances French Davis and honorary son and daughter Bob and Denise Whitley. The family would like to acknowledge the loving kindness of neighbors, The First Presbyterian Church Family, Anne and Mel Covington, and the compassionate care of the staff at Penn Nursing Center. Memorial contributions can be made to First Presbyterian Church, 318 S. Main Street, Reidsville, NC 27320; to the Robin Whitley Scholarship c/o First Presbyterian Church 318 S. Main Street, Reidsville, NC 27320; or to Hospice of Rockingham County, P.O. Box 281, Wentworth NC 27375.

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She will be truly missed at the Penn Nursing Center.Juliette Miller ,Activity

Juliette Miller May 19 2019 3:58 PM

Mack,Charles,Judy and family so saddened to hear of Aunt Elsies passing. I have so many memories of her. she was a good person and an admired aunt. She will always be remembered with love and many happy memories. Sorry I could not be there for you, but Eddie and I both send many thoughts ,prayers and much Love. With Love, Pat and Eddie Radford

Pat French Radford May 18 2019 2:26 PM

Elsie was a great lady in First Presbyterian Church and served faithfully. She was the first to ask me to serve as an Elder on the Session which I gladly accepted. We will miss her. Bob Mullings

Bob Mullings May 17 2019 5:09 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Elsie McKinney

Charles Strader May 15 2019 8:02 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Elsie McKinney

Virginia Wilson May 14 2019 6:40 AM

I'm just learning of my Aunt Elsie McKinney's death. I'm the daughter of deceased Earl & Lena Cobb. Elsie was a beautiful, & smart lady. She so dearly loved her husband, children, grandchildren, and extended family. Rest in peace, I know you're loving seeing all of those loved ones gone before you. Linda Cobb Strawbridge 3141 Redfield Drive Leland, NC 28451 [910] 769-4621

Linda Cobb Strawbridge May 13 2019 3:02 PM

Mack & Family... I have fond memories of Mrs McKinney. She was a dear lady in our community. I know your earthly hearts are broken but rejoice in her eternal homecoming. I am praying for His peace during this transition. Respectfully, Carol Smith Yeatts

Yeatts Carol May 13 2019 11:47 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Elsie McKinney

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A candle was lit in memory of Elsie McKinney

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