Seth McKinney

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Seth Daniel McKinney, 15, of Valley Road, Spruce Pine, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, at Niswonger Children’s Hospital in Johnson City, Tennessee.

Seth was born Sept. 16, 2003, in Mitchell County. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Paul Potter Sr.

Seth was currently a sophomore at Mitchell High School where he ranked first academically in his class. He loved God and enjoyed studying theology. He also loved politics. He was a member of the Mitchell Mountaineers junior varsity basketball team. He was an avid Seattle Seahawks and Duke Blue Devils fan. He also loved playing ball with his brothers.

Left to cherish his memories are his mother, Heather Rickman, and husband, Andy, of Spruce Pine; his father, Tony McKinney, and wife, Mariah, of Bakersville; his brothers, Alex and Tyler McKinney, both of Spruce Pine; his maternal grandmother, Susan Potter, of Crumpler; his paternal grandparents, Buddy and Belle McKinney, of Bakersville; his maternal great-grandmother, Evelyn Jones, of Warrensville; his aunts and uncles, Bruce and Valarie Biddix, of Spruce Pine, Paul Jr. and Christina Potter, and Gene and Shannon Woods, all of Jefferson; his lifelong best friend, Adam Gortney; and special friends, Ben Robinson and Cara Heath.

A service celebrating the life of Seth McKinney was 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in the Mitchell High School gym with the Rev. Zack Mason and the Rev. Russell McKinney officiating.  Interment was in the Spruce Pine Memorial Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Mitchell High School Athletic Department, where a scholarship fund will be established in Seth’s memory.

Words of comfort may be emailed to the family by going to, selecting Seth McKinney’s name and signing his guestbook. Webb Funeral Home of Spruce Pine is honored to assist the McKinney family. Seth’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