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.