Long-time Greenville city attorney Ron McKinney dies

The Greenville Police Department along with the Greenville County Coroner's Office are investigating a death downtown near McDaniel Avenue and Cleveland Street.

The Greenville Police Department and Greenville County Coroner’s Office are investigating a death near McDaniel Avenue and Cleveland Street.

Coroner Parks Evans says that they were called to the scene around noon.

The coroner says that a family member found 68-year-old Ronald William McKinney unresponsive inside his home. McKinney served as the city attorney for several years.

ronaldwmckinneyThe city of Greenville issued a statement on his death.

The city statement reads:

“We are deeply saddened to learn of Ron’s death and are heartbroken for his family and friends,” said Mayor White. “Ron was a pillar of this organization for almost 20 years and played a critical role in our becoming the world-class city that we are today. I know I speak for everyone here when I say that we have lost a cherished member of the City family and that Greenville has lost a devoted advocate.”

The city says investigators got initial information that suggested suspicious circumstances.

They say the death appears to be natural. An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday.

The Greenville County medical examiner will conduct an exam to determine actual cause of death.

BACKGROUND ON McKINNEY

The city gave us some background on McKinney and his accomplishments

According to City Manager John Castile, in addition to his professional contributions, McKinney was also known for his keen intellect and unique wit. “Ron and I worked closely together for many years and his support and wise counsel were invaluable to me,” said Castile. “I’m also proud to say that Ron was my friend and I will miss our conversations and his sense of humor terribly.”

McKinney served as City Attorney for the City of Greenville from 1995 to his retirement in April 2014. Prior to joining the City of Greenville, he was in private practice in Greer for a firm whose members served as city attorneys for the cities of Greer and Travelers Rest. During his tenure with the City, McKinney also served as Interim City Manager in 2000 and again in 2003. He held a BA in history from Furman University (1970), an MA in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1973) and a J.D. from the University of South Carolina (1978). He was admitted to the South Carolina Bar in 1978 and was a former president of the South Carolina Municipal Attorneys Association.

McKinney resided in Greenville with his wife, Kathy Crum McKinney, a bond attorney with Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A. and was the proud father of William and Kathleen and grandfather to Henry McKinney.

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