Stephen Lynard McKinney

Friday, October 5, 1990 - Friday, June 7, 2024

In Honor and Remembrance

Photo of Stephen Lynard McKinney  - 1990-2024

On this day we honor the life of Stephen Lynard McKinney, age 33, who passed away on Friday, June 7, 2024. He will forever be remembered as a wonderful husband, father, and friend.

Born on October 5, 1990, in Buncombe County, Stephen had called Haywood County his home most of his life. He was truly a man of unwavering commitment and a man who held great pride for his country. He entered into the United States Marine Corps in 2010 and served his country with courage and dedication. During his military career, Stephen achieved the rank of Corporal and was awarded numerous citations and medals which included the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism, Korean Defense Service Medal, Nato  Medal- ISAF Afghanistan, National Defense Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Expert Rifle Qualification Badge, and several other honors throughout his military service.

He had been employed with Pepsi Corporation for 8 years, where Stephen was an example of a man who knew the importance of good work ethic and dedication. His great love for the outdoors brought many hours of fishing his favorite mountain streams and sharing happy memories with friends on the golf course. During the summer seasons, Stephen enjoyed grilling out and having these special fun times with all his cherished family.

When Stephen entered a room it was as if the morning sun was breaking through the clouds. His smile and his zest for life will never be forgotten. Our hearts are saddened to say goodbye to Stephen but we shall never forget his precious memory and his great example and his devotion of serving his country with such honor.  

                             “I’d rather hear about your battles than learn you lost the war.”

Preceding him in death are his mom, Angela McKinney; his brother, Jason McKinney and his papaw, Ray Buchanan.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 11 years, Cassie Walker McKinney; his children, Rylee and Kinslee; his nana, Edith Buchanan; his father, Stephen Ray McKinney; brothers, Brandon Shetley, Dillon Roberts and Kyle Walker; a sister, Sydney Hall; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Robert and Karen Hall; his aunts, uncles, and cousins; his special dog, “Harley” and also his USMC brothers who were like his family.

A celebration of life service with military honors will be held at 3:00 pm on Sunday, June 23, 2024, in the chapel of Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the remembrance service.

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the McKinney family.     




Condolences from family and friends

Fly high and rest easy. Continue to watch over your girls.
I am so sorry to hear this. May God’s love give you strength and comfort.
Rachel Owenby
Steven and Cassie and girls where good neighbors.i was sorry to Steven passed away.Cassie and family are in my prayers.
Barbara Davis
My condolences to the family. Until we meet again my brother. Semper Fi
James Carter
You have always treated me kindly, You were a joy of sunshine, funny, and a true gentleman, You will be missed very much. Go rest high on that mountain. Hope to see you in our forever home. This isn't a good bye, but see you later my friend. God Bless!
Heather Cathcart
Thank you Steven for sharing your life with us You and you beautiful family ment so much to us .. We miss you buddy
Don Clark Ed Worley
You will be so missed! You were definitely a ray of sunshine on a cloudy day even if you weren’t having a good day. Don’t get to sassy with Jesus up there. My thoughts, prayers, and sympathies are with Cassie and your girls. Rest easy.
I am so sorry to hear of Steven’s passing. He was definitely a ray of sunshine and was so witty with words. Rest easy. My condolence and prayers are with your family .
Beth Sluder
Met Steven several times through Kyle and Kriston, he was always so kind. Last year at the fireworks show in canton he was a lifesaver because my grandson who was just almost one thought for sure he was he daddy and was inconsolable because Steven wasn’t really talking or looking at him. I told Steven that he thought he was his Daddy. Steven picked him up and loved on him and made a new friend for life. Kindness was so important to me. Rest in heaven. Thank you for being so good to us that evening.
Jody Reagan
So sorry to hear of Stephen passing. He was always smiling when he was around. RIP Stephen. My thoughts are with the family.
Deborah Roberts
I am so sorry for your loss. I am praying for the whole family during this time.
Jessica Igwe