Jimmie Leroy McKinney of Catoosa, Oklahoma, passed away Sunday, November 8, 2020. He was 80 years old.
Born to Bert and Emma McKinney in Ames, Oklahoma, Jimmie and his family moved to Inola, Oklahoma, when he was just one. Jimmie was raised in Inola with his three brothers and six sisters, graduating from Inola High School in 1958.
“Farmer” as he was known to those in Inola, never met a stranger. He loved to talk to people, whether he knew them or not. One such person was a young lady at a Tulsa drive-in. Her name was Margaret McClure. Jim and Margaret were married February 9, 1962, and eventually settled in Catoosa, Oklahoma, where they raised two children.
Jim worked for Sun Oil Company and W.R. Grace before serving as vice president at both Bank of Tulsa and Liberty Bank. In his later years, he worked for American Airlines until his retirement.
Jim was a lifelong Sooners fan and loved to watch westerns and car racing on TV. He enjoyed taking trips with his family and close friends, and loved to go see the races on Saturday night. He was never happier, however, than when fishing. While he hit the local lakes as often as he could, some of his favorite fishing memories were made on trips to Colorado and Canada. Always loving a good joke, he would often answer the home phone “Joe’s Mule Barn, Joe speaking” just to get a reaction from whoever had called.
He is preceded in death by his parents Bert and Emma McKinney, wife Margaret McKinney, Grandson Evan Barricks, and brother Don “Bud” McKinney.
Survivors include his daughter, Lisa Barricks and husband Chris of Collinsville, son Todd McKinney of Inola, granddaughters Lauren and Allison Barricks of Collinsville, brothers Fred McKinney and Bill McKinney of Inola, and sisters Dorothy Thompson of Piedmont, Shirley Ragsdale of Sand Springs, Norma Waldrip of Claremore and Betty Mell, Alice Carpenter, and LaDonna Hutchinson of Inola,
There will be a come-and-go viewing at Rice Funeral Home in Claremore, Oklahoma on Sunday, November 15, from 1-4 pm. A brief graveside service will be held Monday, November 16 at 1 pm at Inola’s Highland Cemetery.
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