Barbara Ann (Bentley) McKinney
Funeral services for Barbara Ann (Bentley) McKinney, 82, of Palestine, Texas are scheduled for 10 am on Friday, November 15, 2019, at Herrington Funeral Home in Palestine, Texas with Pastor Wesley Veazey officiating. Graveside will follow at the Land of Memory Cemetery in Palestine, Texas. Arrangements are under the direction of Herrington / Land of Memory Funeral Home in Palestine.
Mrs. McKinney died Monday, November 11, 2019 in "Solaris" hospice care at Legacy at Town Creek nursing home. She was born in Palestine, Anderson County, Texas January 21, 1937 to Homer E. Bentley and Velma (Higginbotham) Bentley of Palestine, Texas. She lived most of her 82 years in Anderson County.
She was an active church member at Memory Lane Baptist Church. She was an active member of the community, and in working to enhance her profession. Mrs. McKinney was the first woman elected to the Palestine City Council and was named Mayor Pro Tem part of her term. She was the cosmetology instructor at Trinity Valley Community College (Palestine Campus) and retired after 13 years of service. She was a member of the Texas Hairdressers and Cosmetologist Association and National Hairdressers & Cosmetologist Association for 30 years, serving as President of the Local Affiliate #71 for 16 years. She was also a licensed Real Estate Broker and life member of the NRA.
She was most importantly a Christian woman, who was a dedicated and loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. Her whole life was spent taking care of family, friends, and serving others in her community. There is no way to know how many lives she touched. She made a positive difference in this world. If someone needed a helping hand or words of encouragement she was there. If someone just needed a smile she would give them hers. She loved practical jokes with her brothers-in-law. As her son, I can tell you if you pulled one on her on April Fool's Day, you are guaranteed to pay for it when you forget what day it is a year later. Barbara McKinney taught her three sons, not just by her words, but by her actions, to respect others, that everyone has worth, and to serve God.
Mrs. McKinney was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, William C. "Bill" McKinney, her father Homer E. Bentley, her mother Velma Higginbotham Bentley, and her brother William E. Bentley.
She is survived by her son Carey G. McKinney and wife Debra of Elkhart, son John K. McKinney and wife Paula of Palestine, son William Howard McKinney and wife Gloria of Plano; grandchildren Amanda Hollingsworth, Casey G. McKinney and wife Amy, Jacob L. McKinney, John K. McKinney Jr. and wife Felicia, Jason P. McKinney, Joshua W. McKinney and wife Jennifer, and Hannah McKinney Apple and husband Creighton; great grandchildren Luke, Rilyn, and Emma Hollingsworth, Kasen "Tate", Coye, and Ava McKinney, Kaitlyn, Parker, and Eden McKinney, Allison McKinney, Josie, Joseph, Joel, and Jescie McKinney; brother Homer I. Bentley and wife Shirley, sister Thelma Moseley and husband Robert, sister Shirley Reeves and husband Randy; and many nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Casey McKinney, Jacob McKinney, John McKinney Jr., Jason McKinney, Josh McKinney, Luke Hollingsworth, Rilyn Hollingsworth, Tate McKinney, Coye McKinney, and Parker McKinney.
Condolence calls will be received from 6-8 pm on Thursday, November 14, 2019, at Herrington/Land of Memory Funeral Home.
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Published on November 13, 2019


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Roy Holt
Nov 19, 2019
So sorry for your loss.May God bless you.And all that loved you.