William "Sam" Samuel McKinney

April 15, 1949 ~ December 29, 2023 (age 74) 74 Years Old

William "Sam" McKinney Obituary

Heaven gained another angel on Friday, December 29, 2023. William Samuel “Sam” McKinney, age 74, of Asheville, NC passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on April 15, 1949, in Buncombe Co., NC to the late James Ernest McKinney and Myrtle Lula Sherlin McKinney.

Sam was a great husband, daddy and a very loving Poppy. He would help anyone with anything they asked, as long as he could. He had the love of working on cars or trucks. He tried his best to teach all the grandkids how to do the things he knew. He had the love for watching NASCAR and his Pro Wrestling and Western television shows. Many a night helping work on his grandson Junior’s race car to get it ready for a race. If any of his family or grandkids needed help he would always lend his hand.

Sam worked as a carpet installer for most of his life until he retired. His last job was to sit with whomever and tell stories of the old days and remanence.

He was preceded in death by six sisters, Dorothy Wike, Mary Carrigan, Eller McKinney, Myrtle Brown, Betty Sherlin, Geneva Chandler; a brother, David McKinney; and a granddaughter, Latisha Searcy.

Surviving is his wife of 57 years, Madge McKinney; three daughters, Samantha Searcy (Bobby) of Candler, NC, Sarenia Searcy (Kenny) of Candler, NC and Cynthia “Gail” Stoss (Lee) of Candler, NC; four grandsons, Justin Murphy of Candler, NC, Anthony Gosnell (Tiffannie) of Candler, NC, Junior Searcy (Brittany) of Waynesville, NC, and Cody Stoss (Jani) of Oteen, NC; one granddaughter, Zaylee Stoss of Candler, NC; 8 great-grandchildren with one on the way; three sisters, May Maynor of Barnardsville, NC, Gladys McKinney of Asheville, NC, Jeannie Hollifield of Hendersonville, NC; and a brother, James Edney McKinney (Peggy Sue) of Arden, NC.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM in the chapel of Penland Family Funeral Home on Wednesday, January 3, 2024, located at 125 South Ave. Swannanoa, NC 29778.

A private burial will follow the visitation.

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January 3, 2024

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Penland Family Funeral Home
125 South Avenue
Swannanoa, North Carolina 28778


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