Norene McKinney

Norene Duncan McKinney, 85, of Estelle Lane, Spruce Pine, died Wednesday, April 3, 2019, at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital in Spruce Pine.

Born Jan. 20, 1934, in Mitchell County, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Lucy Smith Duncan. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Cleone McKinney, who passed away in 1981. She was also preceded in death by her sisters, Pauline Burleson and Jean Hollifield. She was a member of the Mt. Calvary Freewill Baptist Church.

Norene was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She found delight in all of her babies, and if one was missing at family gatherings, she wanted to know why and where they were. All holidays were celebrated at her home. Her home was the favorite place to go; it was everyone’s home. She will be irreplaceable and will be missed terribly. She taught her family how to love, how to be kind, and what kind of person each family member needed to be. Now her family is left to carry on her legacy and teach their babies the same standards through their many memories she left behind. She will be their sunshine in their darkest days.

Left to cherish her memories are her daughters, Vicky (Ted) Wise Vivian (Frank) Pitman, all of Spruce Pine; her grandchildren, Robbie Self and Libby, Travise Pitman and Jennifer, Rusty Self and Misty, Jessica Farley and Kell, and Cody Pitman and Brittany; her great-grandchildren, Troy Self and Corie, Todd Self, Trevor Self, Ty Pitman, Tate Pitman, Peyton Pitman, Maddox Pitman, Cayma Farley, Jarrett Farley, Paxton Farley and Brayden Pitman; her great-great-grandchildren, Zia, Boyd and Dorcie Self; her lifelong friend, Joyce Dayton; several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service for Norene McKinney was 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 7, 2019, at Mt. Calvary Freewill Baptist Church with the Rev. Jim Shoupe officiating. A time to support the family, share memories and receive friends was 2-3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 7, 2019, at Mt. Calvary Freewill Baptist Church. Interment was in the Harris Memorial Cemetery.  

Instead of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to either Hospice and Palliative Care of the Blue Ridge or Mt. Calvary Freewill Baptist Church Building Fund.

The family would like to extend a “special thank you” to Cynthia Wilson and the staff of Hospice and Palliative Care of the Blue Ridge for their extraordinary care of Norene during her illness.

Words of comfort may be emailed to the family by going to, selecting Norene McKinney’s name and signing her guestbook. Webb Funeral Home of Spruce Pine is honored to be assisting the McKinney family. Mrs. McKinney’s obituary has also been posted on Facebook.

The MItchell News

Mailing Address: PO Box 339 
Spruce Pine, NC 28777 
Phone: 828-765-7169
Fax: 828-765-1616