Berniece Sylvia McKinney, 91, passed away Friday, April 20, 2018, at her home in Atlanta, Georgia surrounded by family. She peacefully went to be with her Lord and Savior. She was born in Belle, Mo. on July 14, 1926, lived a short time in Higginsville,Mo., and resided in Atlanta, Ga. for the past 11 years.
On December 24, 1943, Berniece was united in marriage to Bernie Theodore McKinney in Linn, Mo. Together they accepted the Lord and were life long members of Pilot Knob Baptist Church of Belle, Mo. They built a home outside of Belle, Mo. And, in 1950, their only son, Patrick Levone McKinney, was born. As their family grew, they added to their property, worked their small farm, and built a fishing lake. Berniece worked for years at the International Shoe Factory. Her favorite pastimes were fishing, gardening, canning, and sharing her home remedies with anyone and everyone. Food and fishing put a grin on her face, and she loved to talk about both. Throughout her life, she enjoyed nurturing the children of both friends and family. She could be caught on Saturdays studying her Sunday school lesson and preparing chicken to be fried on Sunday after church. Berniece was a loving wife, mother, grandma, great-grandma, and friend. She was a remarkably kind woman, strong-willed, and wonderful cook who welcomed anyone to share a meal in her kitchen.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Casper and Polly (Ridenhour) Pointer; husband, Bernie Theodore McKinney; son, Patrick Levone McKinney; brothers, Clifford and Kenneth Pointer; and sisters, Blanche Pointer and Bessie Griffith.
She is survived by grandchildren, Nicole Mapstone and husband Michael of Lilburn, Ga., and Erica Michell and husband Greg of Atlanta, Ga.; she is also survived by the pride of her life, her great-grandchildren, Dillon Mapstone and wife Danielle of Denver, Co., Jonathan Mapstone, Ezabell Michell and Sylvia Grace Michell
Berniece was a thoughtful listener, amazing role model, and faithful friend who has taught us so much about life, love, and laughter. We will miss her deeply, and always cherish her memory.
The family will receive friends on Saturday, May 5th from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. at Gottenstroeter Chapel in Owensville.
The funeral services will follow at 11:30 a.m. at the Chapel with Pastor Doug Goodwin officiating. Burial will follow at Pilot Knob Baptist Cemetery in Belle.