Vernon "Wayne" McKinney was born to Alice (Mann) McKinney & Cecil "Vernon" McKinney in Cleburne, TX on January 17, 1947 and passed away on January, 7, 2022 in Norman, OK at his residence with his three children by his side. He was preceded in death by his stepfather and mother, TJ & Alice Davis of Lubbock, TX, and his father, Vernon McKinney of Ft. Worth, TX. He is survived by four sisters in Texas, Judith (Don) Donaldson of Houston, Carolyn (Phil) Alexander of Colleyville, Sherri (Mike) Blevins of Lubbock, & Cheri (Dwain) Adler of Denton. He also leaves behind his three grown children, their spouses & six grandchildren all of the Oklahoma City area; daughter Kori Wilson (Mike) & their children Brennan, Kaley & Luke; daughter Laura Calderwood (Josh) & their children Dylan, Ava & Kinley; son Taylor McKinney (Gabriel).
Wayne was known to do things on his own terms his entire life and his final months were no different. After years of chronic health problems, his family and friends find solace knowing he is no longer in pain and they have peace knowing that he was not only able to write but also navigate his final chapter of life as he chose. It can't go without mentioning that the unconditional love of his sisters, family members, and close friends sustained him. Sondra from Encompass Hospice and Kymber were instrumental in providing palliative and emotional support; "Mr. McKinney" loved these two and the family is forever grateful for their tireless dedication.
Though Wayne was born and raised in Texas and remained a Texas Tech fan until his final days, his enlistment in the US Navy during Vietnam and his subsequent career in the restaurant industry relocated him to various locations over the years. Until his retirement in 2009, he had worked in the restaurant industry for over 40 years and he thoroughly understood most facets of the industry. He instilled in his three children the importance of good work ethic and professional integrity; likewise, he wasted no opportunity to tell others how proud he was of his children's educational, professional and personal endeavors.
Wayne could be an engaging story teller with charming wit and colorful commentary; there was never a dull moment nor a boring conversation when he was involved. Additionally, he was fascinated with collecting and studying the history of American currency and some might even say that at one point in his life, he was an amateur Numismatist. Likewise, he found great joy in fishing and sharing evidence of his latest catch was the only reason he'd even consider using the camera on his cell phone. His car was often loaded up with fishing gear and now he's at the big pond where the sun is always shining and the fish are always biting!
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