McKinney, Helen Sartain (2009)

Obituary of Helen Sartain McKinney ~ 2009

Transcribed by Joseph Cook

Mrs. Helen Sartain McKinney, age 85 of Marion passed away on Saturday January 17, 2009 at Hospice House of Hospice of Rutherford County in Forest City. She was born in McDowell County on November 26, 1923 to the late M. L. “Pop” Sartain and Callie Poole Sartain. A member of West Marion United Methodist Church, she retired from Leviton Manufacturing in Morganton. She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother and grandmother. A son Aaron Patrick McKinney, Sr. preceded her in death.

Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Junior McKinney; a daughter Vera McKinney May and her husband Danny of Marion; two brothers, Lanny Sartain and his wife Pat of Newton and S. Luray Sartain of Parksville, MO; and three grandchildren, Patrick McKinney, Jeremy May and Erin May.

A funeral service was held on Tuesday January 20, 2009 at 3:00 p.m. at West Marion United Methodist Church with Rev. Brad Thompson officiating. The family received friends from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. prior to the service at the church. Burial was in the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Rutherford County at 374 Hudlow Road Forest City, NC 28043. Westmoreland Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements. An online register is available under OBITUARIES at

The News Bulletin of McDowell County, Wednesday January 21, 2008 Volume 15 # 3