May 13, 1920 - November 21, 2012
On Wednesday, Nov. 21st, 2012, our most cherished, Alta McKinney Thompson died at the Villages of Greystone. .
The second of seven children, Alta Frances McKinney Thompson was born on May 13th, 1920, at Beckley. Her parents were the late Charles and Pearl Whitt McKinney. The McKinney family made their home on Rural Acres Drive and worshiped at the First United Methodist Church. The McKinney family has been blessed. Alta’s death at the age of 92 is the first of the McKinney children to pass. Alta’s brothers, Otto and Claude McKinney and sisters, Eileen Gambrell, Louise Grinstead, Dora Robbins, and Anna Pioch all survive.
Alta was a 1937 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School. A graduate of Concord College where she studied music, Alta will be remembered as an accomplished musician. She had been the organist at First United Methodist Church and the First Christian Church, and was a member of the Chaminade Music Club.
On Nov. 20th, 1946, Alta would marry Charles Andrew “Slim” Thompson Jr. Slim was a mainstay in Raleigh county politics in his day, while Alta was active in civic organizations and was employed by the Raleigh County Board of Education for many years. Alta and Slim were blessed with a daughter, Patti Elizabeth who brought them great joy. They made their home on Russell Street in Beckley and summered at Flat Top Lake. Slim died suddenly on Jan. 29th, 1987. Sadly, Patti died on Nov.26th, 2006.
Alta was blessed with Patti’s family, her faithful son-in-law, Eddy Hatcher of Beaver; she was the doting “Gran” to her grandchildren, Amanda Elizabeth Easter and her husband Justin of Charleston and Christopher Gale Hatcher of Beaver. A large extended family of the McKinneys survive as well.
On Saturday, Nov. 24th at 1:00 pm we will remember the life of Alta Thompson with a “Service of Remembrance” at the Melton Mortuary Chapel. The Rev. Dr. Robert Stoddard will be officiating. Alta will be laid to rest beside Slim and near Patti in the Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens Mausoleum at Prosperity. The family will receive friends from noon until the service hour. The family suggests donations of sympathy to the First United Methodist Church, 216 South Heber St., Beckley, WV 25801 or to the charity of your choice.