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Gerald Layne McKinney

October 28, 1950 — January 24, 2021

Gerald Layne McKinney

Gerald Layne McKinney of Halifax, VA passed away January 24, 2021.  He was born in Halifax County, VA on October 28, 1950 and was 70 years of age. He was the son of the late James Kelly McKinney and the late Louise Terry McKinney. He was married to Sharon Moore McKinney who survives.


He attended First Baptist Church and was a United States Army Veteran and served in Vietnam.  He was employed by Westinghouse, now ABB Small Transformers Division for 44 years. Gerald was a member of the American Legion Post 8, National Wild Turkey Federation and a lifetime member of the Jaycees. He was an avid hunter, and fisherman and was most at peace when on his farm.


Gerald Layne McKinney is survived by:

His Wife

Sharon Moore McKinney of Halifax

His Sons

Jeremy L. McKinney and wife Cindy of Greensboro, NC
Eric Scott McKinney and wife April of Floyd, VA

Three Grandchildren

Ethan and Sophia McKinney

Isla McKinney

Four Brothers

James E. McKinney of Halifax, VA

Kenneth R. McKinney of Pullayup, WA

Ronald M. McKinney of Rice, VA

John A. McKinney of Scottsburg, VA


***Preceded in death by***

Paternal Grandparents, Roy A. and Virginia Mae McKinney

Maternal Grandmother, Bessie Terry Dunkley


A graveside service will be held Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 2:00 P.M. at Oak Ridge Cemetery with the Rev. Clinton McKinney, Cole McKinney, Rev. Susan Davis and Rev. Garrett Bowman officiating. In keeping with CDC guidelines regarding COVID-19, we recommend the wearing of face masks and practice social distancing.


The family will receive friends at his home.


For memorials, please consider the American Legion Post 8, 1710 Jeffress Blvd., South Boston, VA 24592 or First Baptist Church, 810 North Main St., South Boston, VA 24592.


Online condolences may be directed to


Arrangements are by: Powell Funeral Home, 1603 Wilborn Ave., South Boston, VA 24592.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2021

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