Floral 11

Jean (Prater) McKinney

November 3, 1923 ~ June 27, 2020 (age 96)



Jean McKinney, age 96, of Elkhart, Texas, departed this world on June 27, 2020, to spend the rest of eternity with her Lord and Savior. She was born on November 3, 1923 in Elkhart, Texas to J.D. and Nettie Owens Prater.  She married R.L. McKinney, and that marriage was blessed with six children.   She loved her family and dedicated herself to be the best mother that she could be.  She loved to cook and loved to feed people.  She also loved to sing, loved life, and loved Jesus with all her heart.  She was a dedicated and devoted Christian and a faithful member of the Elkhart Church of Christ where she taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School.  She will be remembered as a wonderful Christian example by everyone who knew her. 

She is preceded in death by her parents J.D. and Nettie Owens Prater; husband, R.L. McKinney; sisters, Lucille Hanks and Gladys Herod; brothers, J.D. Prater Jr. and Charles Prater; and grandson, Scott McKinney.

She is survived by a loving family of four daughters, Beverly Anderson Sartain and husband Nolan of Palestine, Cathy Huddleston and husband Roy of Elkhart, Becky Harman and husband Jimmy of Woodville, Freida Starr and husband Charles of Chandler; two sons, David McKinney and wife Cathey of Elkhart, Ronnie McKinney and wife Shirley of Elkhart; one sister, Margaret Arisco of Port Neches; 17 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from five o’clock until seven o’clock on the evening of Monday, the 29th day of June 2020, in the Rhone Memorial Chapel. 

Funeral services for Jean McKinney will be conducted on Tuesday, the 30th day of June 2020, at three o’clock in the afternoon in the Rhone Memorial Chapel with Todd Staples and Dwight Franklin officiating.   Interment will follow in Garden of Memories Cemetery in Elkhart. Due to the present Covid-19 danger, facemasks are required for the visitation and funeral service.

Those honored to serve as pallbearers are Robert Hamilton, Justin McKinney, Jerry Moore, Riley Moore, Roy Huddleston, and Charles Starr.  Jean’s grandchildren will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Funeral services for Jean McKinney are in care of Rhone Funeral Home, 3900 S. State Highway 19, Palestine, Texas. 

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June 29, 2020

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Rhone Memorial Chapel
3900 S. State Highway 19
Palestine, TX 75801

Funeral Service
June 30, 2020

3:00 PM
Rhone Memorial Chapel
3900 S. State Highway 19
Palestine, TX 75801

Video is available for this event

Interment following funeral service
June 30, 2020

Garden of Memories Cemetery
105 Howell St.
Elkhart, TX 75839

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