Jack Carter McKinney, age 76, went home to be with his Savior after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. He passed away peacefully on July 14, 2012 with his loving family by his side. He was a resident of Kingwood, Texas for the past 37 years.
Jack was born on March 14, 1936, in Shreveport, Louisiana. He graduated from Plain Dealing High School, playing both football and baseball, and Louisiana Tech University, where he majored in geology and played on the baseball team. After graduation, Jack married the love of his life, Sue Cowden McKinney. They were married for 53 years. Jack then began his career with Exxon Corporation, where he retired after 38 years of service in marketing and land management. A large part of his career was spent with Friendswood Development Company, the developer of Kingwood, "The Livable Forest." Jack loved and honored his country, and was a proud veteran of the United States Army.
Jack was a charter member of Kingwood First Baptist Church, where he was a deacon and served on various committees, as well as teaching sunday school. He enjoyed playing golf at Kingwood Country Club, and cherished the time he spent with his golf buddies. Above all, Jack enjoyed being with his family, the pride and joy of his life. From family vacations, to gatherings at the house, Jack was happiest when his family was together.
Jack, "P.J.", was the greatest role model for his family and friends, putting his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ first in his life. He treated everyone he knew with kindness and compassion, and always had a smile on his face. He will be remembered as a man with a generous heart, great wisdom, and a loving spirit. He was the ultimate gentleman and encourager.
Jack is preceded in death by his parents, Carter and Alma McKinney. He is survived by his wife and best friend, Sue Cowden McKinney, his son and daughter-in-law Russ and Charlotte McKinney of Kingwood, TX,and their daughters, Emily and Holly; his daughter and son-in-law Laura and Ashlee Edwards, of Kingwood, TX, and their sons Mitch and Blake ; his daughter and son-in-law Lisa and Bryan Bean, of Sugar Land, TX, and their sons Braden and Brody. He is also survived by many loving friends and relatives.
A service to celebrate Jack's life was held on Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at Kingwood First Baptist Church. Interment was at Brookside Memorial Park.
The family of Jack McKinney would like to thank the loving and caring staff at MD Anderson Cancer Center, especially Dr. Milind Javle and his PA Jackie Weatherly. Also, we would like to thank Dr. Gregory Botz and the ICU staff. We appreciate you sharing your God given talents with us, we were truly blessed.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center, P.O. Box 4486, Houston, TX, 77210-4486.
2 Timothy 4:7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.