Clara McKinney


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Clara McKinney Reddell

Jan 31 1908 - Sep 12 2006

Born January 31, 1908, in the Wilmeth Community, north of McKinney, Texas. Daughter of the late John Brice and Annie Magers McKinney. She was also a direct descendant of Collin McKinney and Elder J. B. Wilmeth, two early pioneers who settled in Collin County in 1846 and played a big part in the early history of Texas, Collin County, and McKinney. She was married June 6, 1931 at Durant, Oklahoma, to Eugene (Gene) Randall Reddell, whose tragic death occurred May 20, 1939, at the Texas Power & Light sub-station, east of Dallas. She was a graduate of McKinney High School and attended Hall's Business School. She was a member of the First Christian Church of McKinney, a church organized in 1848 by her great-grandfather, Elder J. B. Wilmeth, at the homestead where she was born and lived most all of her life. She served thirty-seven years as Office Secretary for the McKinney Chamber of Commerce, under the direction of six managers and thirty-seven presidents. Major projects during her tenure of office included the Ashburn General Hospital, the Veterans Administration Hospital, Lavon Dam and Reservoir, the Upper East Fork Association, McKinney Industrial Foundation and Park, Collin County Fair and Purebred Livestock Association, Greater McKinney United Fund. She was a member of the former Chamber of Commerce Managers and Secretaries Association of East Texas, which covered a 72 county area. She served as its Secretary-Treasurer in 1963 and holds a twenty-one year attendance award. A family genealogist, she is also the author of the 1959 compilation. "Historical Facts about McKinney, Collin County and Collin McKinney" or "History," a widely distributed publication. She was a past member of the McKinney B. & P. W. Club. She served many years as the Secretary- Treasurer of the McLarry Cemetery Association. She was a member of McKinney's I50 Anniversary Task Force and received recognition at the McKinney Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Banquet as a nominee for the Sesquicentennial Citizen Award. She was a long time member of the Heritage Guild and Guest of Honor at its "Celebrate the Century" Banquet in 1999. She is preceded in death by her parents. her husband and the following brothers: Drury M. McKinney, Joe M. McKinney, Collin L. McKinney, J. B. McKinney, and Armyn O. McKinney. Survivors: One daughter, Shirley Ann and husband Don Cooper of Perryton, Texas; two grandchildren, Tim Cooper and his wife Paula of Perryton, Rev. D' Ann Cooper of Los Angeles, California; two great grandchildren, John Collin Cooper and Cullie Don Cooper of Perryton; one brother, Ridgell M. McKinney of McKinney; one nephew, Joe Charles McKinney and wife Mary of Albuquerque, New Mexico; one niece, Mary Carmyn McKinney and her husband Joe Neely of Dallas; and a number of great nephews and nieces. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Friday, September 15, 2006, at the First Christian Church of McKinney with Dr. Neill Grimes officiating. Interment will follow at Pecan Grove Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7:00-9:00 p.m., Thursday at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Building Fund, First Christian Church, 1800 W. Hunt Street, McKinney, Texas 75069 or the John B. and Annie McKinney Endowment Fund, 105 N. Chestnut Street, McKinney, Texas 75069 or the Collin County Historical Society.
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