Carroll Jackson McKenney
December 4, 1943-December 14, 2021
Carroll Jackson McKenney (Jack), age 78, of Richmond, Virginia died December 14, 2021 at home surrounded by his family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Carroll McKenney and Dell Jackson. Jack is survived by his wife of nearly 50 years, Nan Kelly McKenney; son, Philip McKenney and his wife, Katie along with 3 grandsons, Ross (age 10), Austin (age 8) and Owen (age 6). He is also survived by his sisters, Katy Lassen, Sarah Mapp, and brother, John McKenney. Nieces and nephews who survive include Laura Phillips ( Rick), Tracy Samuel, Mary Bieniak (Dan), Kim Six (Bill), Laura Mapp (Carl), Ian Mapp, Erica McKenney and Jonathan McKenney.
Jack was raised in Austinville, Virginia and graduated from Virginia Tech. After serving in the Army, he returned to Richmond in 1970 and worked for Philip Morris until he retired in 1998. Not satisfied being retired, Jack enjoyed working at A Sharper Palate Catering for another decade,
Jack was an avid supporter of Virginia Tech Athletics and Academics for many years. He enjoyed playing golf and maintaining his garden especially when the hundreds of tulips he planted each year heralded the arrival of spring. For the past 10 years, Jack relished being Grandpa Jack to his 3 grandchildren, always supporting their activities at school and on the athletic fields.
Jack loved golf and Virginia Tech almost as much as he loved his “grands”. He would be honored if you made a donation in his memory to:
Virginia Tech Men’s Golf Program 902 Prices Fork Road (0336) University Gateway Center Blacksburg, VA 24061
St. Bridget Catholic School 6011 York Road
Richmond, VA 23226
The family will be celebrating Jack’s remarkable life later this spring.
Although I had not seen Jack for over 20 years. I still considered him a great friend. One of the nicest men you would ever want to know.
Rest In Peace Jack.
From 1983 to 1990 I was the Human Resources Rep for Jack’s department at Philip Morris and we became great friends, which continued even after we both retired in 1998. He never forgot my birthday but loved to tease by always getting the date wrong. Sometimes he’d call on the 26th or the 28th of July instead of the 29th. He was witty and pretended to be gruff but he was one of the best men I ever worked with. Rest in peace my friend.
The most wonderful southern gentleman !
I loved his calm demeanor and sharp sense of humor !
Not only could he grow tulips, his basil plants were always
the best !
We will miss you Jack ! And may you Rest In Peace!
I am saddened by the news of Jack’s passing and offer my heartfelt condolences. He is well remembered and was loved by everyone. He was inspirational in his leadership, and I personally learned a great deal from him. Jack managed Finished Goods for almost my entire career and I was extremely fortunate to have been part of his team.
Nan, I am so sorry to hear of Jack’s passing. Please know you and. Phillip are in my prayers. 💕
Jack was a treasured friend and I have many special memories of him during the years that Frank and I lived in Richmond. At Christmastime I reminisce about the happy times that we shared. Jack was a loving husband, grandfather and a gourmet cook with amazing gardening skills.
Jack or as we called him “Bumkin” and a number of close friends had many adventures together during our 5 years at Virginia Tech. Visits with him to the family farm are fond memories of great times and knowing his father, mother and family as the treasure they were.
Jack will be missed and always remembered
I cannot tell you how much he is missed! A BEST friend for many years, hundreds of phone calls to help the football or basketball team get better. I am sure our analysis would have resulted in undefeated seasons!! It was great being with Del and Carroll to even help getting in the hay one weekend. His dad got us up about 4:00 AM, and worked us to death! Tough job!
Jack visited us in Portland, OR, Massena, NY, etc in our many moves with Reynolds Metals. He was a guy that would help anyone, at any time they needed help. After the military, Jack and I were room mates in Richmond for a short time, when he met Nan, and thus started a great relationship.
Nan, it is obvious that we are all saddened by his passing. As his college roommate and friend, I can only echo the comments of all those commenting about Jack before me. While we saw each other on a limited basis over the years, he was and will always be a cherished friend. Helen and my sympathies are extended to you and the family!
A true southern gentleman. We enjoyed many years playing golf together. Jack liked to give nicknames for our group but we named him “The Iron Man” because he would play under almost any conditions. He will be missed by everyone who knew him.