Walter Lee McKinney, son of Ted and Bertha McKinney, was born January 29, 1937 at Tyrone, Texas County, Missouri, and died March 17, 2012 at Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston, Missouri,
He was united in marriage to Cleta Catherine Goforth June 21, 1958 at Stultz, Missouri. To this union, two children were born.
He spent most of his early years in the Tyrone community where he attended Tyrone and Big Creek schools. After his marriage, Walter and Cleta purchased a farm near Tyrone, where he farmed and also worked at Mid-America Dairy at Cabool, Missouri. On May 21, 2000, he retired after 30 years of service. Shortly before his retirement, they sold the farm and moved to Houston.
He is survived by his wife, Cleta, of Houston; one daughter, Barbara Head, Houston; one son, Harold Lee McKinney, Houston; one brother, Herbert Keith McKinney, Jennings, Missouri; five sisters, Dorothy Henry of Glen Carbon, Illinois, Jewell McKinney of Saint Ann, Missouri, Wilma Douglas of Cumberland, Iowa, Gladys Garrett of Success, Missouri, and Carol Terrill of Ft. Worth, Texas; two grandsons; three step grandchildren; two great-grandsons; three step great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ted and Bertha McKinney; two brothers, Jackie Howard McKinney and Kenneth Roy McKinney; and one sister, Betty Goodman.
Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m. March 20, 2012 at Evans Funeral Home with Rev. Harold Smith officiating. Pallbearers were Doyle Goforth, Dewayne Goforth, Donnie Goforth, Paul Goodman, Heath Head and Matt Head. Burial was in Ozark Cemetery, Houston, under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.