Raymond Mitchell McKinney, 86, of Wilmington, NC, a retired Veteran of the US Navy was called to his forever home, Tuesday morning, October 19, 2021. Mr. McKinney was born June 25, 1935, in Wilmington, NC, to Nancy Lee Casteen. He was preceded in death by his son Daniel Wayne McKinney on July 11,1984 at the age of 23. After retiring from the US Navy, he continued to work until the age of 80 in both the textile and propane industries. He enjoyed being outdoors, especially fishing or sitting on his porch. His greatest joy was spending time with his family whom he loved deeply and unconditionally. He was a caring and devoted husband, a loving father, and the world’s greatest grandpa and great grandpa. He was a man of few words yet full of wisdom, strong work ethic and unwavering integrity. He loved to laugh, make memories and share stories. He often said, “We have memories and love”. He loved strong and he loved well. We will greatly miss our beloved, husband, dad, grandpa, and great grandpa! We know he is with his heavenly father being loved, as he loved all of us! Surviving are his wife of 37 years, Sherry H. McKinney; daughters and sons, Sandra and Keith Smith of Marion, NC., Michelle and Doug Weidman of Souderton, Pa. Debra and Matthew Ramsey of Zirconia, NC, and Karen Whitley Warren of Mars Hill, NC; grandchildren, Kari and Glenn Morris, Bradley Weidman, Kelsey and Tate Molin, Taylor, Andrew, and Holly Ramsey, and Kayla, Mitchell, Dylan, and Samantha Ball; and great grandchildren, Carson and Ethan Morris. A simple family service will be held at a later date.
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