Edna Calhoun McKinney

  • Born: February 20, 1931
  • Died: October 14, 2021
  • Location: Murray, Kentucky

J. H. Churchill Funeral Home

201 S. 3rd Street
Murray, KY 42071

Tel. (270) 753-2411

Tribute & Message From The Family

Edna Calhoun McKinney, age 90, died October 14, at the Anna Mae Owen Residential Hospice House in Murray. Following an extended illness, she is now at home with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
She was born on February 20, 1931, to Roy Calhoun and Mary Luton Calhoun Ahart on their family farm bordering the Cumberland River in Trigg County, Kentucky. Growing up "between the rivers," she greatly valued her relationships with family and friends who lived in this close-knit community.
Graduating from Trigg Count High School at age 16, Edna pursued a Bachelor of Science degree in education. While still in college, she taught elementary school at Golden Pond, Kentucky, and after graduating from Murray State University in 1951, she taught in Paducah, Kentucky, where she met her husband John D. McKinney. Their loving marriage was solemnized on June 28, 1952, at the First Baptist Church of Golden Pond.
Over the next 30 years of John's engineering career in construction management, he and Edna lived in 14 different states and 2 foreign countries. They tried to be active members of every community where they lived. In each location, they made it a priority to join a local Baptist church where they worshipped and served God with other believers.
Edna completed graduate-level education courses at the University of Wyoming and enjoyed other teaching opportunities, but her focus was making a home for John and their two daughters Mary and Martha. She volunteered in their schools and helped with their activities.
Edna was truly a "people person" and enjoyed making new friends. Though she and her family relocated frequently, she endeavored to stay in touch with coworkers, neighbors, and members of their "church family" from the places they had lived. She retained many of these relationships for the rest of her life.
After John's untimely death in 1982, Edna returned to Murray to live near family, including her grandsons, and to be involved in their lives. She also enjoyed the close contact with other relatives and friends and especially liked to attend reunions and homecoming activities "between the rivers."
For almost forty years, Edna was a faithful member of First Baptist Church of Murray and the Phoebian Sunday School class. Missions work kept her busy – taking church mission trips, organizing local mission projects, and assuming leadership roles in the Woman's Missionary Union (WMU) – at the church level through the Dorothy Group, in the Blood River Baptist Association, and as a member of the Kentucky Baptist WMU Executive Board. She was also a part of the Delta Department of the Murray Woman's Club.
Edna liked to travel. She and John visited all fifty states with their daughters. Later, she accompanied her grandsons on many road trips that crisscrossed the country. She also enjoyed traveling with tour groups and the church senior adults.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, her stepfather Seldon Ahart, her brother Kelsie Calhoun and wife Doris, and a nephew Tracy Calhoun.
She is survived by two daughters Mary Fitch and husband David of Franklin, Tennessee, and Martha Parker and husband David of Murray; three grandsons Andrew Parker (Callie) of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Stephen Parker (Lindsay) of Greenville, South Carolina, and Matthew Parker of Dallas, Texas; two great-grandchildren Henry and Millie Parker of Greenville, South Carolina, and one nephew Mike Calhoun of Murray.
A funeral service will be held on Monday, October 18, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Murray, Kentucky. Dr. Bill Whittaker, Dr. Greg Earwood and Pastor Keith Inman will officiate. Burial will follow in the Murray City Cemetery. Visitation will be held prior to the funeral service on Monday, October 18, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the church.
Active pallbearers will be, Mike Calhoun, Nick Calhoun, Zach Calhoun, Carey Calhoun, Andrew Parker, Stephen Parker and Matthew Parker. The Phoebian Sunday School Class will be honorary pallbearers.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to First Baptist Church, 203 S. 4th Street, Murray, KY 42071 (World Missions Offering or Family Life Center Fund).
Online condolences can be made at www.thejhchurchillfuneralhome.com


Condolence & Memory Journal

So very sorry. Love and prayers for family.

Posted by Roma Calhoun Hickerson - Desotfvo, MO - Family   October 17, 2021

Edna was a good friend. We graduated Trigg county high school class of 1947. Sorry to hear of her passing. We send our Christian sympathy to all the family and pray that God will comfort you and all of us as we grieve the loss of Edna. She will always be remember. love and prayers Willie Wilson and wife Joann Cadiz KY 42211

Posted by Willie wilburn Wilson - Cadiz - Friend   October 16, 2021

Ms. Edna was a lovely lady every one that knew her loved her she was a dear friend and she will be missed Love and Prayers to the family Mildred Allen Friend Hardin Ky.

Posted by Mildred Allen Allen - Hardin, KY - Family Friend   October 15, 2021

I'm so very sorry to hear about the passing of Ms. Edna. I always loved being with her and hearing all her funny stories. Love and Prayers to her family. She will be missed.

Posted by Debbie Key Dameron - FORT SMITH, AR - Family Friend   October 15, 2021

My Aunt Edna will be missed .I wish I could have seen her reunion today with my dad Kelsie and Christ.

Posted by Mike Calhoun - Murray, KY   October 14, 2021


Our deepest sympathy and love in the loss of your sweet Mother. She was always so friendly and greeted me with a smile. May all the blessings you shared with her, which I am sure are many, and the wonderful memories made together, bring you comfort during the difficult days ahead. "When someone you love becomes a memories, those memories become your treasure." Love & prayers, Bill & Gela Edwards

Posted by Bill & Gela Edwards - Murray, KY - Family Friend   October 14, 2021

Dear Family,

Other people could see God through Edna. May God's Peace be with you all.

Jim and Judy Stahler

Posted by Jim and Judy Stahler Stahler - Murray, KY - Friend   October 14, 2021

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