Betty (Brotherton) McKinneyNovember 6, 1933 ~ May 15, 2017 (age 83)
Betty Brotherton McKinney, age 83, of Morristown, went to be with the Lord in Heaven on Monday morning, May 15, 2017. She was a loving and caring mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. To her family and friends, she would always say, “I love you the most,” and there was no point in arguing with her. She was a retired Registered Nurse at Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System. There, Betty worked tirelessly, leading by example by giving her all to her patients and helping welcoming babies into the world, and, in a way, becoming part of their families as well. Betty was a devoted Christian and a long-time member of Calvary Baptist Church, where she enjoyed her Sunday School class and attending the church service. Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Clifford and Mary Brotherton; brothers, William Guy Brotherton, Andrew Brotherton, and Paul Brotherton; and husband, C.L. McKinney. Betty and C.L. were married for almost fifty-seven years; he was the love of her life and she was his. Together, they were members at Kerbela Temple in Knoxville and worked to raise funds to help children with burns, injuries, and physical deformities. In 1998, C.L. became Potentate and she was his Lady Betty. Betty is survived by her daughters, Mary Lynn Coates (James), Lois McKinney, and Sandra McKinney-Whitt; grandchildren, Angela McKinney-Smith (Matt), Megan Coates, Katherine Coates, and Travis Whitt; great-grandchildren, Holden Smith and Jordan Whitt; siblings, George Brotherton and Patsy Brotherton; and several nieces and nephews. Betty passed away at Dewitt Assisted Living. There she was cared for and loved by Katherine Barnes, Donna Bell, Misty Bogle, Katrina Brock, Rebecca Brockwell, Darlene Brown, Robyn Burchfield, Mercy Canata, Merced Chaffin, Lynn Cleaver, Abby Crider, Heather Drummond, Jelaine Elkins, Rachel Fox-Hatcher, Laurie Gray, Jennifer Henderson, Miriam Higgins, Tami Hux, Dianne Maddalena, Dana Maynard, Josh McCoy, Abreigh Nance, Linda Odom, Missy Redfield, Samantha Rice, April Richards, Felicia Rouse, Lisa Russell, Deloris Shisler, Kori Swiggum, Eileen Talley, Deborah White, and Ceara Wilson. On behalf of Betty McKinney, the family would like to sincerely thank the workers at Dewitt for taking care of her like she was their own mother/grandmother, effectively extending Betty’s family many times over. In addition, the family truly appreciates the workers of Avalon Hospice for continuing Betty’s care and easing the transition of her passing from this world. These individuals include Alyson Brewer, Amanda Wright-Brown, Ashleigh Preston,, Brittany Hoover, Carilyn Patrick, Christine Williams, Christy Bledsoe, Denise Caldwell, Don Anderson, Dr. Bonnie Vick, Garlena Brockwell, Gigi McDaniel, Jenna Caron, Joe Hamlet, Kathy Crosby, Kathy Gilliam, Larri Dockins, Mandy Barnes, Marilyn Acuff, Megan Cameron, Missy Shelton, Pam Byrd, Pam Conner, Robin Campbell, Sabrina Guerrero, Shannon Hefner, Susie Linkous, and Tracey Arwood. The family will receive friends from 5 – 7 p.m. Friday, May 19 at Westside Chapel Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow at 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home with Rev. Mike Henegar officiating. Family and friends will meet at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 20 at Jarnagin Cemetery for graveside services. Arrangements by Westside Chapel Funeral Home in Morristown.