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Thursday 7 February 1935


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 death.
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.

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