Obituary: Ollen Murphy Kinney


Ollen Murphy Kinney, 91, of Vinemont passed into his eternal rest at home surrounded by his family Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. Funeral services will be at Spirit Life Church of God in Cullman Saturday, Feb. 22, at 11 a.m. Visitation will be at Cullman Heritage Funeral Home Friday, Feb. 21, from 6-8 p.m.

Mr. Kinney was born to Murphy and Altas Runge Kinney June 14, 1928.

Mr. Kinney was retired from the City of Cullman where he served as superintendent of the City Garage for 27 years. After his retirement he continued to cattle farm and grow a garden, something he dearly loved. Mr. Kinney loved God, his family, people, and serving in his church. He was considered a Papaw to many non-biological children and grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; infant son Coy Dewayne Kinney; daughter Jeri Lou Kinney Graeber; brother Odean Kinney; and most recently his sister Margaret Mavleene Kinney Richter.

Mr. Kinney is survived by his wife of 65 years Luetta Crider Kinney; sons Tim (Jackie) Kinney and Allen Kinney; daughter Jan (David) Young; son-in-law Stefan (Christa) Graeber; grandchildren Blake Kinney, Brooke (Wayne) Hudson, Elizabeth (Matthew) Berry, Sydnee Graeber, Mattie and Sam Hice; great-granddaughter Olivia Hudson; sister Maybelle (Ken) Mangrum; and a host of nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Eternal Love Ministries. Mr. Kinney and wife, Luetta, enjoyed one of the highlights of their lives in December 2001 on a mission trip to Saltillo, Mexico, at the ages of 73 and 78. Donations can be sent to Eternal Love Ministries, P.O. Box 3, Buckholts, TX 76518. There will also be envelopes available at the funeral home during visitation.