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My Younger Days



This Obituary:



Tuesday, January 24, 2006 12:05 PM CST

Paul F. McKinney (1953-2006)




SUMNER— Paul Franklin McKinney, 52, of Sumner, died at home Wednesday, Jan. 18.


He was born Nov. 14, 1953, in Chattanooga, Tenn., son of Armon J. and Cora Conn McKinney Sr.


Mr. McKinney graduated from Sumner High School in 1971, then served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Forrestal, the USS Kennedy and the USS Ethan Allen. He drove a semi for a time and worked at Southern Classic Trailer Manufacturing, and most recently has worked for several years at Life-Line Emergency Vehicles in Sumner.


Survivors include: a son, Nathanial of Sumner; his father of Sale Creek, Tenn.; his mother, Cora Ferguson of Sumner; a brother, A.J. (Robbie) McKinney Jr. of Sumner; a sister, Arlene (Dennis) Vandersee of Fayette; and a half brother, Steven (Dannette) Jones of Murfreesboro, Tenn.


Services: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Faith Evangelical Church, with burial in Union Mound Cemetery, both in Sumner. Military rites will be conducted by Thomas E. Woods Post 223 American Legion of Sumner. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Becker-Milnes Funeral Home, Sumner, and for an hour before services Wednesday at the church.



is about someone I knew well when I was younger.

He and his family lived across the street from mine.

It was a time when you not only knew your neighbors, you also knew their "comings and goings". And they knew yours.

It was a time when Frank (We didn't call him 'Paul'), me and other kids our age would go to the abandoned buildings by the railroad tracks and smoke cigarrettes that Frank had lifted from his Mom's purse (Fucking Menthols <_< ). Or play baseball (with wood Louisville Sluggers) in the vacant lot just down the road.

Oh, to be young again...

Frank was the victim of a homicide. His son is being held as a witness.

When I heard about this a couple of days ago, the memories came flooding in like crazy. So, to a lessor extent, did the guilt.

You see, Frank was one of those childhood friends that I had lost track of. In fact, I think the last time I saw or talked to Frank was when I went back home for my Dad's funeral in 1994. May have even been longer ago than that.What a shame...


See ya Later, Frank...


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An update...

I check the old hometown newspaper on-line once in a while to see if there is any news on Frank's murder. Thursday, I saw his Dad's Obituary.

A shame he never found out who killed his son.....

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Another Update...

Wednesday, April 18, 2007 2:08 PM CDT

Sumner man arrested for 2006 murder

By Courier Staff


SUMNER --- Authorities have arrested a 25-year-old man for allegedly killing a Sumner man in January 2006.


Lawrence W. Hamby of Sumner on Tuesday was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Paul McKinney of Sumner. McKinney, 52, was found dead in his home on Jan. 18. The State Medical Examiner's Office said McKinney suffered trauma to his head, neck and chest and ruled the death a homicide.


Hamby was taken into custody at the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison, where he was being held for a probation violation. According to court records, Hamby was convicted in 2001 of third-degree burglary in Bremer County. He was remanded to the Department of Corrections in March 2006. He was scheduled to be released today, according to the Iowa Department of Corrections.


He is currently being held at the Bremer County Jail pending his initial appearance before a judge, which is scheduled for this morning.










The Bremer County sheriff's office, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and the Sumner Police Department assisted with the investigation. Assisting agencies are the Black Hawk County Sheriff's Office, State Fire Marshal's Office, Waterloo Police Department, Fayette County Sheriff's Office and the Fairbank Police Department.


County Attorney Kasey Wadding said Hamby was friends with Nathanial McKinney, Paul McKinney's son.


Hamby was considered a material witness early in the homicide investigation. Not long after the murder, Black Hawk County authorities took Hamby into custody on a probation violation. Hamby allegedly told investigators he bought alcohol for McKinney, then 19 years old.


McKinney, who was also held for a while as a material witness, was convicted of second-degree theft in June 2006. His probation was revoked in January and he is currently housed at the Newton Correctional Facility, according to the Department of Corrections.


McKinney is still considered a witness in this case, Wadding said.




I'm really glad they found out who did this.


RIP, Frank...

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Another update...

The younger brother of the guy charged with Frank's murder was, himself murdered on August 4.

What the Fuck happened to my sleepy little hometown?

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