Claude Max McKinney



Claude Max McKinney, age 82 of Ellenboro, North Carolina died Friday, September 22, 2017 at Hospice House in Forest City. Claude was born June 19, 1935 in Rutherford County and was a son of the late William Henry Grady McKinney and Mildred Elizabeth Wilson McKinney. He was a graduate of Ellenboro High School and Spartanburg Technical College and was an electrician and farmer. He worked with the Shipping Department at Porter Brothers in Shelby and later retired from American Safety. Claude was a member of the Philadelphia Primitive Baptist Church and also served in the United States Army. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two brothers, John McKinney and Howard McKinney.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Genell Parker McKinney of the home, sons, Scott McKinney and wife, Sarah of Ellenboro, Greg McKinney of Ellenboro ; one brother, William McKinney and wife, Mary Elizabeth of Ellenboro; granddaughter, Alexandra McKinney, step-grandchildren, Jordan Hawkins, Matthew Hawkins and Nathan Hawkins.
Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon, September 24 at four o'clock in The Padgett and King Chapel with Elder Ralph Dale, the Reverend Chris Hensley and the Reverend Scott Huffman officiating. Interment will follow in the Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 2:30 until 3:45 p.m. prior to the service.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Rutherford County, P.O. Box 336, Forest City, NC 28043.
The Padgett and King Mortuary and Crematory is in charge of arrangements and an online guest registry is available at