Ruth Street McKinney

June 2, 1930 ~ April 20, 2019

Born in: Roan Mountain, Tennessee
Resided in: Johnson City, Tennessee

This is a first… Life without Mom, without Ruthie, no Mamaw to call, no more Aunt that listens or your friend that was always there…

Ruth joined her Lord and Savior this Easter Season on April 20, 2019, peacefully at home with each of her precious children bedside. A mere 43 days from celebrating her 89th birthday… let us Rejoice!

Born in Roan Mountain and raised in Johnson City, her father, Robert Street †2003, mother, Rosa Hughes Street †1984, and loving sister, Ruby Street Christian †2012 (Lyons †2004) preceded Ruth in death.

She was a longtime member of Heritage Baptist Church.

Taft “Eudy” McKinney †2003 charmed her right out of high school and, after a couple of tours during WWII, returned home and married his high school sweetheart.

Their five children, Brenda (Smiley), Sherry (Gary), Steve (Donna), Tammy, and Kay (David); eleven grandchildren, Joe, Julianne, Whitney, David, Gabriel, Sandra, Horton, Victoria, Steven, Carmyn, and Seth; seven great grandchildren, Adreanna, Audy, Ella Grace, Ashby, Lily, Liam, and Linc; two nephews Larry Christian (Linda) and John Hames (Vicky); and “TeddyBear” cousin, Minwer Subeh (Julia) extend a heartfelt thank-you for all the love shown.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 from 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM at Morris-Baker Funeral Home with the funeral service to follow at 1:30 PM. A committal service will be held afterwards, at 3:00 PM at Monte Vista Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, please show your love by making your contribution to will continue Mom’s love for children and focus on helping “aged-out” foster children live richer, happier lives by providing a place to enjoy gardening, cooking, creative writing, art, and working puzzles. Learn more and/or donate online or mail to: Ruthies.Org c/o Regions Bank 208 Sunset Dr. Johnson City, Tn 37604

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  1. Joan & Rob Guggenheim says:

    May your Homecoming be filled with love and joy as you meet your Loving Savior
    and celebrate eternity with your loved ones.

  2. Pamela King Napier says:

    Lifting prayer for each of you as you grieve

  3. Gwen & Keith McGinnis says:

    What a legacy you have left in your time on this earth! Thank you for being such a good parent, grandmother, great grandmother and aunt! We have seen your love and kindness from your daughter, Sherry, and son-in-law, Gary, for the past 25 years as they have given of themselves to us. May your entrance into heaven be joyous, wonderful and magnificent! May you sit at the Savior’s feet rejoicing! May you greet your loved ones with happiness!

  4. Lisa Fields says:

    Ruth was a treasured member of the family. Cousins=family. My mom and dad and Frannie thought the world of Eudy/Ruth. They shared so many memories. Good and faithful servant can now rest and be with our loved ones. Prayers of support and strength are sent to all the family.

  5. Buddy and Elaine Farmer says:

    It is hard letting Ruth go, but now she is with the our Savior in a far better place. I will always give thanks for Ruth’s life and the example she set for us all. What a special light she was in our Sunday School Class, and not only that, but to whom ever she met. Always caring for her neighbors, always loving us, her friends… and her wonderful family. What a tribute she leaves in her family, to the Lord’s goodness. She is so loved.. words can’t express and I am better by far from knowing my dear friend…. Ruth.. I can’t wait to see you in Heaven… one wonderful day…

  6. John mckinney says:

    Dear Steve and family, Ruth was a special Lady and friend to me, I enjoyed our jaunts to yoga.

  7. Tim & Jane Mutter says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the McKinney family. We will truly miss Mrs. McKinney. What a wonderful servant of God. Her ministry will always be remembered in many families. She was such and help to Mrs. Russell who lived across the street from her. Jane and I will always remember her smile. We pray for all the family through this time and ask that God will lift you up and know she is with Jesus who she loved.
    God richly bless the family
    Tim & Jane Mutter

  8. Pat Kennedy says:

    Sherry, Steve, Brenda and family, my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. God bless each of you and take comfort in knowing she is rejoicing in heaven..

  9. Les & Kathy Billings says:

    Kay sorry for the loss of your mother.

    Leslie and Kathy Billings

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