Gerald  McKinney

Gerald Lee McKinney


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Obituary of Gerald Lee McKinney

Gerald Lee McKinney, 71, of West Columbia, SC passed away on February 22, 2023.

Gerald was born on August 22, 1951 to James and Alberta Goff McKinney in Columbia. After Gerald graduated from Dreher High School in 1969, he went on to study Business Administration at the University of South Carolina. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree, Gerald went on to have a career as a business owner in the home security industry and towing industry.

Gerald never planned on retiring and enjoyed his work, especially his customers. He was friendly and outgoing, and he never met a stranger. Gerald was a lifelong fan of the University of South Carolina Fighting Gamecocks. His favorite pastimes over the years have included hunting, fishing, softball, watching sports, playing his Friday card game, and telling stories.

Gerald was predeceased by his parents. He is survived by his sister, Gayle McKinney, of Columbia, SC, son, Brian McKinney, of Hendersonville, NC, daughter, Brittany Mallin, and son-in-law, Michael Mallin, of Bend, OR; grandchildren, Delilah Mallin and Luke Mallin; and his furbabies, Trixie and Blu. Gerald is also survived by aunts, uncles, and cousins who were very dear to him and many close friends who were like family, most notably Crystal and her son, Jackson.

A celebration of life will be held at the home of his cousin, Steve Bachman, at 583 Bluefield Road, Lexington, SC 29073 on Sunday, February 26, 2023 at 4:00pm. Casual attire is encouraged. If you want to wear any Gamecock gear, Gerald would love that. In lieu of sending flowers or planting a tree, the family would love for you to share a photo, memory, or story about Gerald on the Tribute Wall.

South Carolina Cremation Society is assisting the family. Family and friends may sign the online guest book by clicking on the “Tribute Wall” tab above.


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Celebration of Life

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Sunday, February 26, 2023
Home of Steve Bachman
583 Bluefield Road
Lexington, South Carolina, United States