Wade Reece McKinney

January 1, 1943 - January 9, 2022

Wade McKinney of McKinney, Texas arrived at his heavenly home on January 9, 2022. He lost his battle with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases related to his exposure to agent orange in the Vietnam War.

Mr. McKinney was born January 1, 1943 to Wade (Sr.) and Naomi McKinney in Mt. Airy, North Carolina.  The family moved to Dallas when he was 8 years old.  He graduated from Greenhill Preparatory School, Cook County Jr. College, and Texas A&M at Commerce, Texas.  Mr. McKinney earned a bachelor’s degree before enlisting in the United States Navy.  While enlisted, he served his country on the U.S.S. Conflict, a minesweeper that sought out and destroyed underwater hazards.  Mr. McKinney also worked on a supply base in Vietnam, drove a pettibone forklift unloading ships that brought in supplies for all branches of the military, and served as a storekeeper.

After his tour of duty was complete, he returned home to Dallas where he met and married the love of his life, Polly Sue Irish.  Mr. McKinney proceeded to complete his master’s degree in education and subsequently acquired his mid-management principals certification.   He devoted his efforts to a teaching career that lasted over 30 years.  During that time span, Mr. McKinney was a coach, an elementary teacher, a high school math and science teacher, and an elementary school principal.  There is no doubt he influenced a multitude of young people during his tenure.

After his retirement, he continued and expanded upon his passion for competitive shooting sports.   He was a member of SASS - Single Action Shooting Society.  Wade's alias was Conestoga Rider (C-Rider).   Mr. McKinney regularly met with a local group that participated in steel matches.   He was an accomplished marksman that won many awards for accuracy.

Mr. McKinney is survived by his wife of 51 years, Polly Sue Irish McKinney; daughter, Julie Willis (Mike) of Rosharon, Texas; brother, Dr. Mike McKinney (Leah) of Somerset, Kentucky; grandsons, Josiah and Jonah Willis of Rosharon, Texas; brother-in-law, Robert W. Irish of Randolph, Texas; nephew, John Irish (Ann) and James Irish; niece, Shannon Benton; and a host of other loving family and friends.

As a family, we would like to thank Kim Kunkle of Cardinal Senior Living/Angelica Care homes for their outstanding care and compassion for Wade. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to First Baptist Church McKinney to the Agape Sunday School class, Alzheimers/Dementia Foundations, Second Amendment Foundation, or the NRA. 

Due to the pandemic, no visitation will be held but interested parties are encouraged to visit at their convenience Turrentine Jackson Morrow Funeral Home and Ridgeview Memorial Park, 2525 Central Expressway North, Allen, Texas 75013 to sign the register book.  

A graveside service with military honors will be held at 11:15 a.m., Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, Texas.

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Polly, Webb and I are thinking of you at this sad time. He's at peace now. Webb and Carol Tatum Webb and Carol Tatum, January 18, 2022 I had Ms. McKinney in 5th grade and Mr Mckinney in 6th. Both good folks prayer for the family in this time of grief
Gary Davis, January 17, 2022 Even though he was ten years my senior and I only got to spend time with him was when he came to spend summer vacation at our grandparents, I always looked up to Wade Jr. He was as much a role model as a cousin. I admired his work ethic and enjoyed joining him during his weight lifting and, later, his target shooting sessions. I'm sure he was a wonderful husband, father and educator. Our loss is heaven's gain. Dennis Lowe, January 13, 2022 I treasure the memories of the times we spent with Wade during holidays. He was quiet and reserved, but always had a twinkle in his eye. He had a wealth of knowledge to share. I will miss his gentle kindness. Shiloh Willis , January 12, 2022 Sending love and peace. Sara Isbell, January 12, 2022 Bob and I are sorry for your loss. Wade was a special gentleman. Bob and Priscilla Vesel
Priscilla Vesel, January 11, 2022 Bruce and I remember with great affection all the vacation times we spent with Polly and Wade. We love this special couple and send our love and prayers to our precious family Bruce and Patty.
Patty Evans, January 10, 2022 Prayer will provide you the strength in this time of loss. His kind patience of suffering is no more. Another light is shining in heaven because of his faith. Kaylene Hudgins, January 10, 2022 It was our pleasure to know Wade and enjoy his company. We are sending Polly and his family our deepest sympathy as their memories help celebrate Wade’s wonderful life. Ken and Bev Macho, January 10, 2022 Mr. McKinney was my 6th grade teacher back in 1976-77 at Caldwell (then) Middle School. I had never had a man teacher before and was a little unsure of what to expect. What I got was a caring, dedicated teacher in Mr. McKinney. One odd tidbit that I always remember about him, is that when our class went to the library, he would pull from the shelf and read from The Hound of the Baskervilles. Any time I hear or see that title, I always think of him. Godspeed, Mr. McKinney. Carol Crampton, January 10, 2022 Polly and Julie, we are very sorry to hear of Wade’s passing. I know he has been sick for some time. Now he is in the arms of our Savior. We are sending prayers and hugs to you.
Linda Dyer, January 10, 2022 Wade was such a sweet man who would do anything he could for a friend. He could tell a story with the best. He will be sorely missed. Rest In Peace with our Lord and Savior, Wade. Beth Garnett, January 10, 2022 So grateful for the time I did get to know Wade. Even struggling with his memory issues these last 9-10 years he was a great man. He was patient man. He will be sorely missed. Leah Ashworth , January 10, 2022