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Dr. Carolyn McKinley

Dr Carolyn McKinley

April 6, 1923     ~     September 24, 2017

Dr. Carolyn Saunders Howard McKinley, 94, Glasgow, died Sunday, September 24, 2017, at NHC Healthcare in Glasgow. Born April 6, 1923 in Glasgow, she was a daughter of the late Dr. C. C. Howard and Julia Franklin Howard.

After graduating Glasgow High School, she graduated George Peabody College, earning a bachelor’s degree as well as a master’s degree, and then earned her medical degree from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. After completing her medical degree, she did her residency in pediatrics at the University of Louisville. In July of 1957, she and her husband Dr. George G. McKinley moved to Glasgow and began their pediatric practice at Howard Clinic. They both remained in that practice until retirement.

Dr. Carolyn was also active in many other interests including the Daughters of the American Revolution, Glasgow Musicale, and Homemakers’ Club. She was a Past President of the Barren County Board of Health and she was a co-founder, dedicated supporter, and member of the Board of Directors of Community Medical Care in Glasgow. She was also a faithful member of the South Green Street Church of Christ for 84 years.

Survivors include two sons: Dr. George Franklin McKinley and wife Betty Jane of New York City, and Dr. Thomas Lawrence McKinley of Boca Raton, FL; two grandsons: Robert N. McKinley and Joseph Carl McKinley; one sister: Mary Lloyd Lessenberry of Glasgow; one sister-in-law: Doris McKinley of Glasgow; her caretakers: Bill and Doris Newberry; several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Dr. George McKinley; daughter-in-law Nancy McKinley; two sisters: Mildred Howard and Lois Howard Gray; and four brothers-in-law: James N. Gray, Dr. Robert N. McKinley, Dr. Victor L. McKinley, and Robert A. Lessenberry.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Friday at the Hatcher & Saddler Funeral Home with burial in the Glasgow Municipal Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Alternate expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to Community Medical Care.

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14 Entries for Dr. Carolyn McKinley

  1. Troy & Lou & Family says:

    Thoughts & Prayers for the family.

  2. virginia anderson says:

    I was so saddened to hear of the passing of Dr. Carolyn, a long time friend. She was such a precious lady, each time that I would see her, she was always the same. She treated everyone with such respect. She will certainly be missed by her friends and the whole community.
    With Loving Sympathy,
    Jr. and Virginia Anderson

  3. Daniel Ray says:

    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Carolyn, who I met at a Crenshaw family gathering a couple years ago. We had a nice talk and I am grateful to have known her – even for such a short time.

    Daniel Ray

  4. Loretta Sturgeon says:

    Sweet kind lady.

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  6. LaVerne Pennycuff says:

    Dr. Star was my doctor , so when I developed a thyroid condition he suggested that I see Dr. George. He said he had studied the thyroid and knew more about it than he did. I would see Dr. Carolyn. She was a dear sweet lady , like her father was before her ..LaVerne

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  8. Janice Mills Peden says:

    I am so sorry for the loss of Dr. Carolyn McKinley. She was a very nice lady and a very good doctor too. She was my doctor for years as a child growing up and until I reached adulthood. Her and Dr. George both were my doctors from time to time. They helped me get through some rough times as a 13 year old girl i got some issues with my left hip and battled that until they could not treat me anymore so then they sent me to Kosair hospital in Louisville, Ky. They helped me there and i was able to walk even if a limp and I still walk with that limp, but at least I can walk, Thanks to both Dr.Carolyn and Dr. George McKinley too. GREAT DOCTORS AND PEOPLE TOO. JANICE MILLS PEDEN.

  9. Janice Mills Peden says:

    My mailing address is 1619 Poynters Road, Glasgow, Ky. 42141 Janice Mills Peden.

  10. Kimberly Eakle says:

    ! am so saddened by the loss of Dr Carolyn. I was fortunate enough to rotate with her as a student and my experience at the Howard Clinic has never been forgotten. She was a kind and caring doctor, mother and wife who touched many many lives. I am grateful to have known her. Prayers-Kim Eakle Hume

  11. Jane Bowman says:

    Many fond memories of Dr. Carolyn. She will be greatly missed.

  12. Mark Houchens says:

    Prayers for her and her family. Wonderful Doctor and a great person. She will be missed.

    With lots of Love,

    Mark Houchens
    Bristow, VA

  13. Rhonda Miller Gossett says:

    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Dr. Carolyn. I was a patient in the hospital when I was very young and got excellent from both Dr.Gorge and Dr.Carolyn. They where both outstanding people in the town of Glasgow!!! For you the family I know your loss has been great and I am very sorry !!!

  14. Tina Powell Woodson says:

    Dr. Carolyn was my doctor until I was in jr high I hated having to see someone else. She was also my sons pediatrician. The sweetest most kind person. Always reassuring.it was a honor to have known her and been her patient.