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Iva Paul McKinney
Iva Paul McKinney

Funeral services for Iva Paul McKinney, 71, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, December 14, 2012, at Carter Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor Stephen Mark McKinney officiating, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.

He was born the son of the late Iva Edward McKinney and Effie Lorene Lamb McKinney, on December 11, 1941 in Elk, New Mexico and died December 11, 2012 in West Plains, Missouri.

He was united in marriage July 7, 1962 in Salem, Arkansas to Wanda Davis.

He is survived by his wife, Wanda Davis McKinney, of the home, West Plains, Missouri; three children, Joseph Daniel McKinney and wife, Jodie Lynn, Timothy Matthew McKinney, and Stephen Mark McKinney and wife, Rogia Annette; five grandchildren, Daniel McKinney and wife, Crystal, Korrie McKinney, Bethany Yarbrough and husband, Dale, Mariah McKinney, and Travis McKinney, and one great grandchild, Zade Cypret.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two siblings.

He attended the New Life Tabernacle in Salem, Arkansas. He loved working in the church and was a great soul winner for Christ. He served his country with the United States Army.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family to help defray funeral expenses and can be left at the funeral home.

Visitation will be held Thursday, December 13, 2012 from 7-9 p.m. at Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains.

Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Howell County, Missouri,under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.

Military rites will be performed by the West Plains Honor Guard, the Missouri Funeral Honors Program, and a Military Color Guard.

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  1. Terry L. Martin
    December 12, 2012 @ 1:19 pm

    Bro. Paul McKinney will be missed by many whoes lives were touched by him.
    He was in every sense of the word a true Servant of God. Not only did he serve in our Military, but, he was a soldier for the Lord’s Army here.
    Prayers go out to the family, especially Sis. Wanda McKinney.

  2. Jodie McKinney
    December 12, 2012 @ 9:54 pm

    Paul was the best father n law a girl could ask for. He had the best heart of anyone I have ever known. I will miss him every day but he is in a much better place and I know he is happy because he made it to where he wanted to be. Love you Poppy!

  3. Korrie Jo McKinney
    December 13, 2012 @ 9:20 am

    There are not enough words to describe my poppy! He was the greatest man of God and grandpa in the world! He led me God and took me to church from the time I was a baby and has challanged me to be a greater witness for my Savior! he never went anywhere or did anything that he didn’t tell someone about God. He brought a smile to everyone’s faces that he met. If he could make you laugh it brought joy to him. He passed on on his birthday and he recieved the greatest gift he could ever get, a new body and a new home on the street of gold to be in the presence of his Savior whom he loved so much! NO better birthday gift then that! Thank you poppy for your legacy! I love you! See you at the feet of Jesus!

  4. Bishop Paul Pinnick
    December 13, 2012 @ 9:52 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family on this tough day. May Gods peace be with them all.

  5. Rev R.E. Reed
    December 13, 2012 @ 8:43 pm

    Keeping the family in our thoughts and prayers. The wonderful thing that we
    know, is that the Soldier of the Cross, can now put on his crown. May God keep
    His angels of comfort around you. GBY

  6. Marlene Schmidt
    December 14, 2012 @ 1:22 am

    Oh, to go home to his mansion in Heaven and on his birthday ! What better present is there then to celebrate the day by going home to be with the King ! I did not meet Bro Paul although look forward to meeting him in Heaven upon my arrival.. May the Lord bless all the family with comfort and peace through your loss and you all will be in my prayers, Sister Marlene in California…

  7. Bishop and Sister Carter
    December 14, 2012 @ 5:45 am

    It was a blessing to know this wonderful man of God. His quite strength and the true desire to be a part of the work of God. He always seem content to just do his part. We are praying for his wonderful family in their time of mourning. Just remember that time will be short we will see him again some day. God bless you all!!!

  8. Rosetta Sperring
    December 14, 2012 @ 6:27 am

    So sorry for the loss of your loved one. Prayers go out to each and every family member and all who knew him. Rosetta

  9. Catherine Tuttle Bell
    December 14, 2012 @ 9:00 am

    I was sorry to hear of your loss. May you be blessed with comfort and peace until you meet again…

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.


  10. Cheryl Thompson
    December 14, 2012 @ 9:35 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with you. I feel wonderfully blessed to have gotten to know your Dad. I will treasure his memory and miss his wonderful stories. May God wrap his arms around you thru this difficult time.

  11. Bonnie Rowlett
    December 14, 2012 @ 10:37 am

    Bro. Paul was such a good man. My thoughts and prayers are with all the family.

  12. Tommy, Pat & Thomas Collins
    December 16, 2012 @ 7:57 pm

    We felt Paul was more than a brother-in-law, He was a brother.
    Thomas looked to Paul as more than an Uncle, but as Grandpa (since he’d lost his own at a young age).
    No one will replace that part in our hearts that was Paul. He was loved & will be missed!
    Thankful that he served the Lord all his life, for surely he has received his reward at the feet of our Lord Jesus Christ.

    December 20, 2012 @ 6:30 pm

    Paul was a classmate of mine-we always looked forward to Class Reunions so he could tell us some big funny story. He was a wonderful man and lived what he preached. We will miss him but look forward to seeing him again in heaven. Carolyn & David Brown