John Douglas McKinney

John Douglas McKinney

Feb 13th, 1962 - Jun 10th, 2018
  • Birth Date: Feb 13, 1962
  • Death Date: Jun 10, 2018
  • Funeral Date: Jun 16, 2018
  • Location: Owens Funeral Home Chapel
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Biography: John Douglas McKinney was 56 of Brooklyn, New York when he quietly and unexpectedly passed away at the hospital in the Bronx, New York.  John was affectionately known as “Doug” by his family.  He was born on February 13, 1962 to the parents of Bertha McKinney and the late John H. McKinney in Goldsboro, North Carolina.

The family moved to New York and resided in the Bronx for most of his youngest years with is three siblings and family, where he also attended the NYC Public School System.

Eventually, John moved to his beloved Brooklyn, New York.  It was after the successfully overcame many of his life’s challenges; he celebrated 27 years of sobriety.  John was then afforded an opportunity and began his journey at Ready, Willing and Able/The Doe Fund, where he worked for more than 16 years.  It was here, where he met and established several of his life’s friendships; overtime he shared strong unbreakable bonds, these connections would also become his family.

John held and enjoyed many interests, from Loud Hip Hop music to R& B.  He was a lifelong NY sports fan; His favorites were the New York Yankees and yes even the New York Knicks.  He was known for dining out with friends; any excuse to gather and eat.  He was also known as a avid reader of countless books and seen daily reading the NY newspaper from cover to cover.  His favorite past time was watching tv, the news, his criminal shows and old westerns.

John was single by his choice.  A man of very few words and often seen sharing a warm smile.  In his wisdom, he always offered his support, advise and encouragement to those he touched.  He helped many and they helped him.

John leaves his family to cherish his loving memory: his mother, Bertha McKinney of Cunton, NC; sister, Iris McKinney of Cunton, NC; two brothers, Milton (Kimely) McKinney of Waldorf, MD and Ronnie (Collean) McKinney of Edgewood, MD; a family of several aunts, Christine Bass of Mt. Olive, NC; Janice Kornegay and Barbara McKinney both of Dudley, NC; Faye Phauls of the Bronx, NY; Georgia Bowman of Camp Springs, MD; and Ernestine Middleton of Dudley, NC; uncles, Thaddeus (Laura) Phauls, Donald (Jewel) Phauls both from MD; and Ray McKinney of NJ; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends.  He will be missed by those who loved and knew him.

Amy Sternhell
Jun 21st, 2018 10:25 am
John was a dear friend of mine. We worked together for 15 years. He was just pure humility, pure sweetness, pure genuineness. He was just kind and good... with a great sense of humor. John was honest. He didn't have an insincere bone in his boday. He was a young whippersnapper when I first met him... as handsome as could be... and yet he had no idea. Thinking of you, John. I miss you so much. I walk the halls at work, still looking for you, ready to burst into a joyful voice and say, "John!", because I was always so happy to see you. I'll always love and treasure you.
Jun 19th, 2018 5:53 pm
My condolences to the family . I met John in 2007 at the Doe Fund . I was a case manager. He would come by my cubicle everyday and talk to me. We would laugh and joke about the days events at Porter Ave. which was never a dull moment. I remained friends with John through the years and we spoke quite often I would call and check on him from time to time . I lost touch with him after he refused to get a cell phone ! and I moved to Virginia . It hurts my heart to know he was sick but I know that he did not want to suffer and God needed him to be at peace . I truly believe that John was a great guy and deserved the best . My his soul Rest In Peace but his memory shall live on until we meet again brother .
Jun 18th, 2018 9:28 am
To the family of Mr. McKinney with my deepest condolences for the loss of your beloved. May the outpouring of love from family and close friends bring you solace. May too, the scriptural promise of the resurrection by Christ Jesus at John 5:28,29 comfort you. At that time there will be no more sorrow nor tears nor pain, because all of those things will have passed. (Revelation 21:4)
Jun 17th, 2018 5:42 pm
RIP my friend till the next time we meet I miss u so much love u
James Washington
Jun 15th, 2018 1:04 pm
John and I met through The Doe Fund. Though our first couple of years of knowing each other was through casual conversations we learned we had quite a bit in common. We were both born in the south and held on to our southern upbringing. Giving those much older than us the respect they deserved by saying "Sir" and "Ma'am". Over the years we became close friends. To this day I'm still not sure how that came to be...but it happened. Whenever the opportunity presented itself, and at John's suggestion, we would gather a few of our friends/co-workers together and go to a restaurant and have a group meal. With John, what you saw was what you got. He didn't wear a false face. If he was upset with you, or didn't agree with something you said or did, you would know it because he wouldn't talk to you for days, weeks or sometimes months. He had this crazy laugh that, when you heard it, would make you want to laugh too. John was truly loved and will surely be missed. My heartfelt condolences to the family.
Alton Johnson
Jun 15th, 2018 5:37 am
I met John in Feb. 1993 at the Ready, Willing and Able program in Brooklyn. I was his case manager there and we immediately took to each other and remained close friends for the next 25 years. I had the priviledge to work with John from 1997 to 2007. He was one of my closest co-workers and played an important role in the success at our Harlem facility for 6 years and our new Brooklyn facility for almost 5 years. He was a loving and caring person throughout our friendship. He helped many men and women overcome their personal issues and lead successful lives. I love him and will always love and remember him. I visited him in the hospital and preyed he would get better. He did not but I think he is now at peace with his maker. God bless John and his family.

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