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Mr.  Wilson White  McKinney

Obituary for Mr. Wilson White McKinney

February 22, 1942 - July 10, 2020
San Antonio, Texas | Age 78


February 22, 1942 – July 10, 2020

Wilson McKinney was born in Mexico City, D.F. to Rev. Richmond & Mary Wilson McKinney on February 22, 1942 and proceeded to serve the United States Army for 26 years as an intelligence Officer in Washington and Vietnam, Army Reserve, and retired as a Lt. Colonel. He worked as a Journalist in 1970 and won awards in '71 and '73 in associated press competitions. He worked for the San Antonio Express-News as a business editor as well as an assistant city editor for several years and was a ruling elder at Memorial Presbyterian Church in San Marcos, Texas. He also held the 2011 chair in the Southern Texas Archaeological Association. Mr. McKinney was also an accomplished writer having published "Fred Carrasco: The Heroin Merchant" in 1975. He was very much involved in several social events, especially his favorite hobby- dancing.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Rev. Richmond & Mary Wilson McKinney and are now united in heaven.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Carla O. McKinney; his children Ian McKinney along with his daughters, Aileen McKinney (Ken Roberts) and Ruthanne Shockley; his grandchildren Sean & Brooke Roberts, Eric Roberts, Blake & Christine Shockley; great-grandchildren, Henley Roberts & Emery Roberts; his children's mother Berta Ramos and his siblings Tom McKinney (Gale), Ross McKinney; as well as nephews, cousins, family, and friends.

Funeral services will be held at Porter Loring Mortuary for immediate family only. Mr. McKinney's services will be live-streamed on Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 10:00 AM and 1:45 PM. You may view the recorded services via the link All condolences and respects can be sent C/O Porter Loring 1101 McCullough Ave. San Antonio, TX, 78212 in lieu of attendance. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Divine Redeemer Presbyterian Church, 407 N. Calaveras, San Antonio, Texas 78207.

Ian McKinney wrote:

My father was a man who quietly and without complaint tried to the best of his abilities to do the right thing. Whether that was for his country, community or family. While we lived in the same city, we were not in each other's daily life. Whether this was due to gender, genetics, selfishness, living one's own life or just thinking we had time. I do not know. What I do know is, when we got together, I felt nothing but love and admiration for him and the same from him.

I believe he invented Dad jokes. Or at least Dad sense of humor.

While my Dad embraced technology for work and research, it was just a tool to him. I can still remember him walking into the living room of my sister's house one Thanksgiving in the early days of HDTV's entering the home. He looked at the football field on the screen and said something to effect of "oh wow you can see the grass now. How did we live without that?". Not a direct quote but the gist of it.

I think he was channeling his mom, she kept replacing her B/W tv's with the same until they stopped making them. Color was too expensive, and B/W worked fine. This was even after her church was gifting them to her. She was doing right by them. And very Presbyterian.

My Dad never met a book that he could not put in the "I will read this once I get through all of these" book stack. Even though Spanish was not his first language, he enjoyed reading Spanish literature because it helped his vocabulary, and it was great literature.

During my father's career in the military he served in Vietnam. Part of his duty was to go out into the field and gather intelligence. Since it would put him in danger on occasion to be seen writing things down. He needed to develop the skill of committing the information to memory and write it down later. When he got out of the military with this unique skill, his innate curiosity, along with a love of the written word he felt that a career in journalism was for him. This was his lifelong career that allowed him to pursue the many passions that rounded out his life.

My Dad was someone I knew cared about me and would always be there for me, the lifeline that never wavered. I will miss and always remember the man that he was.

Aileen Roberts wrote:

My fondest memory of dad is when he took us camping. He loved the outdoors. Before we set out on the hike, he would spot some poison ivy and warn us not to touch or suffer the repercussions. While hiking, he would talk about the wildlife- identifying animals that crossed the path by their footprints. He was one to go off the beaten path, so we saw little gems like caves in the hills. Favorite places to take us were Canyon Lake and Garner State Park.

Gosh, I miss him. He lived a full life...he was a man who loved life. He was a linguist who was fluent in at least 5-6 languages but who's counting. He was in military intelligence and he was Lt. Colonel by the end of his career. His great passion was Archaeology, he could have made it to 100 years old if he had done that all his life. He loved music and dancing. He met his beloved wife, Carla, almost 20 years ago, at a dance hall dancing salsa! We thought the horrible disease Alzheimer's would take him. Well, it did, along with COVID-19. RIP my dad, I LOVE you. I'm so glad that you are with Grandmama and Grandpop. I miss you.

My dad was a man of God. He was the elder of the church his dad and mother helped found. My grandfather was the pastor while my grandmother was the organist. They/we loved that church in little ole San Marcos, Texas. That was their life. We loved them, they loved us.

Ruthanne Shockley wrote:

Lt. Col. Wilson W. McKinney, USA, Retired

Mr. McKinney retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army, serving active duty in Viet Nam and the US Army Reserves. For many years, he was unable to describe what he did in service, because he literally was a spy in military intelligence! Mr. McKinney was linguist, fluent in five languages that he put to good use throughout his lifetime of service to our country.

One of his great passions was archaeology, which he practiced as a professional student even though he was a Master of Rocks. When sharing memories of our patriarch, many noted how he inspired them to learn more, no matter the topic, after speaking with him. He excavated numerous archeological digs in Central Texas, and had an encyclopedic knowledge of the entire history of the area, including unknown facts about the indigenous people history erased. Another shared memory is when he took all of his children and grandchildren to the Alamo for an informal tour; he had excavated several areas at the historical site. By the end of our tour, we had picked up at least half a dozen tourists who thought he was a docent and wanted to pay him for his service! Of course, he turned it down, always being true to his humble and peaceful nature.

Two other great passions in his life were dancing and Carla, the love of his life. The two met each other dancing, sweeping each other off their feet. Theirs was a true love story.

He is survived by his wife, Carla; his son, Ian McKinney; his daughter and her husband, Ken and Aileen Roberts; and his daughter, Ruthanne Shockley. His grandchildren and great grand children are Sean and Brooke Roberts and their daughters, Henley (6) and Emery (5); Eric Roberts; and Blake and Christina Shockley.

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