Van Alstyne Public Library
Van Alstyne Leader
Thursday 7 February 1935
JOHN W. McKINNEY, LAST GRANDSON OF COLLIN McKINNEY PASSES AWAY FRIDAY
Was Tax Collector and Prison Farm Manager For State
John W. McKinney, 85, died at his home south of Van Alstyne Friday
afternoon at 3:20 p.m. He was the last of the grandsons of the famous
Collin County pioneer, Collin McKinney, for whom the county and its county
seat were named. He was county tax collector for four years, 1890
through '94, and was manager of the state prison system for two years under
Gov. O. B. Colquitt, the position now held by Lee Simmons of Sherman.
Funeral services were held Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at the local Christian
church with the Rev. Leo Johnston, pastor of the Oak Cliff Christian church,
and the Rev. Lloyd Mottley, local pastor, officiating. Interment
was in Van Alstyne cemetery with Billey McKinney, Lawson Edwards, Jim and
John Bryant of Anna, Robert Cox and Roy McKinney of Dallas, as pallbearers.
Mr. McKinney was born June 22, 1849, three and a half miles north
of Anna, the son of W. C. and Peggy McKinney. He was educated in
the public schools and in business school. He was chairman of the
democratic precinct for a number of years. He joined the Mantua Christian
church at the age of 17 and later the Anna church. He lived all his
life on a farm within a half mile of the Collin McKinney homestead.
Mr. McKinney married Miss Eliza Matthews in 1873 in Wise County,
and to them were born the following children: W. E. McKinney, E.
M. McKinney, Newt McKinney, Mrs. J. F. Cox, all of Anna, J. K. McKinney,
Van Alstyne, Dick McKinney, Estes Park, Colo., J. W. McKinney and Mrs.
Guy Stinnett, McKinney, Texas. There are 17 grandchildren, and 19
great grandchildren. A son, 7 and a daughter, 18, preceded him in
He was married a second time, to Miss Mollie Moore of Houston, Feb.
7, 1896, who survives.
Crouch company, McKinney, funeral directors were in charge of arrangements.