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Eulogy for L. G. (Peanut) McKinley 2012-03-23


A moving remembrance of a great Adair Countian,
as written and delivered by George Rice

L.G. (Peanut) McKinley, Adair Co., KY (1928-2012)

As I stand here before you I feel very humble and honored that you have asked me to share in this service.

It does not need to be said--but still it should be said--that Peanut McKinley was a friend and neighbor to everyone that ever knew him. He was the kind of a person that was easy to love because he was a loving person. He was a people person, someone who made friends and was a friend. Somehow he would make you feel that you were someone special.

One of our local businesses told me that when he was able to get around that he would come by their office frequently just to bring good cheer and laughter. He had a laughter that came from his heart; I can almost hear him laugh now.


Being a people person as he was, he loved being around people and talking with them. He had a way of hanging humorous names on some people. Many years ago he named me Gorgeous George and the last time I talked to him he had come in Burton Hardware store for something, I didn't wait on him but before he left I heard him tell someone to "wait a minute I have to see Gorgeous George." Friends like that are special.

Peanut had a special way with children. Children from his family, from the local day care and on the streets knew him as Pa Peanut, and that name continued to be a family name. It seems that Pa Peanut would always have some candy in his pocket, it must have grown in that pocket and the children knew it was there. I was told that he had one color for a skinned knee and another color for a bump on the head; Pa Peanut must have repaired a lot of booboos with his miracle candy.

Pa Peanut was a PATRIOTIC person. He LOVED his country and after his military service in the navy during World War 2 he came home and continued to support his local V.F.W. Post. When there was a need in the post they didn't have to ask Pa Peanut. He was just there ready to serve. I suppose he served every position in the post with honor and pride.

Now let us talk a little about what GOD did for Pa Peanut. God gave Pa Peanut a great sense of humor--He loved to laugh. Humor was a natural for him. Ralph tells how as a boy he and Pa Peanut were riding down a dirt road full of potholes and Peanut's commented that it would take a real good driver to hit all those potholes in the road.

God gave Pa Peanut a good heart and he cultivated that good heart into compassion. Compassion and love for his family and neighbors and the needs of others. And I think God looked down and was well pleased.

Then God must have looked down and said it would be good for Pa Peanut to have a good woman. And God gave him Fay Waggener, and it was good. And from that marriage came a long linage of McKinleys. Fay, I can imagine that you and Peanut looked at one another many times and wondered, "What we have done?"

Then God gave Pa Peanut loving caretakers. He had family care takers that were by his side for a number of years. Even when they themselves were not well, they maintained their vigil taking care of him. Even two young boys that he called "the rats that came from the basement" shared the load of caring for him.

But with all the loving care and all the modern medical knowledge that is available there comes a time that life as we know it comes to an end. I have often said that just sure as life is born into a new baby that somewhere out there in the future death will come. The scripture says that "it is appointed once to man to die" and that is an appointment that we will all keep. Last Tuesday, March 23, 2012 Pa Peanut met his appointment.

I have always been fascinated with death and have read every book or article that I could and I believe God lets some people die a complete total death and see into the next life and then live to tell about it and they report that there is a total different world of peace and tranquility that cannot be experienced here on earth.

The family tells me that Pa Peanut said that he has had an experience with God and that all is well. And with that assurance we can look forward to being with him again.

Now let us give some thought as to what you, the family and loved ones have:
You have memories, precious memories
And as long as you live and remember
Your loved one will live in your heart

Also you have one another, family ties. Stick together, call often. Family ties are important, care for one another and don't forget to pray for yourselves and pray for one another.

And don't underestimate the power of prayer. Prayer is the greatest source of strength that we have access to. Use it.

I believe if Pa Peanut could leave a parting words with you at this time he would say "Fay, I'm alright now, don't worry about me, take the children and go on home and get some rest, Tomorrow the sun will rise and the sun will set and another day will come and go. We must not say goodbye, just so long until we meet again.


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