Tradition matters at the time of bereavement. Area families have found comfort with the services provided by the McKinney Funeral Home for almost a century.
It all began with H. H. Hull, who established his funeral practice in 1906, beginning a tradition of caring service that has spanned generations. Mr. Hull passed on this tradition to Earl E. Young; Mr. Young employed Donald E. McKinney for 17 years before passing it
on to him. Mr. McKinney employed his daughter, Cindy, for 20 years
before passing the tradition to yet another generation.
Cindy McKinney is currently the supervisor of the Youngsville facility, while Susan C. Brown supervises the Sugar Grove location. Cindy McKinney and Susan C. Brown are licensed funeral directors who live in the area that they serve and look forward to continuing the tradition in a community that they love and support.
Our Youngsville Facility
Earl Young moved the funeral home business from East Main Street to West Main Street in 1948 when he purchased the new building from Anna Kay. Several renovations have takenplace to the Youngsville facility in the past 50 years, with the addition of a large chapel, handicapped ramp, new paved parking lot and central air-conditioning. The spacious visitation rooms are accommodating to the family and friends who come to show their support to those who are grieving.
Our Sugar Grove Facility
The Sugar Grove branch facility was opened to provide a more convenient location for families in the Sugar Grove area. The building was the former Free Methodist Church; therefore, the chapel area is large and with the addition of the rear parlor, has a seating capacity of over 200. The funeral home has been remodeled with a country decor in keeping with the atmosphere of the rural community.
At McKinney Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Inc., we believe that economical
service and quality care are essential and
available for all families who place their trust in us.
I am the supervisor of the Youngsville facility. As a funeral director, I provide comfort to family and friends of the deceased, arrange details and handle the logistics of funeral and cremation services. Through personal interviews with the deceased’s family, I guide them toward the most meaningful funeral or cremation service.
After these choices are made, I help arrange the clergy members or other person who will officiate the service. With the family’s assistance, I establish the service location, date, and time of the visitation and viewing ceremonies, memorial services and cemetery committal services. Depending on the service choice, I will arrange for a hearse to transport the deceased from the funeral home or mortuary to the final resting pace.
I also prepare obituary notices and place them in desired newspapers, arrange for pallbearers and clergy, and schedule the opening and closing of the grave with the cemetery.
My goal is to carry out all of these responsibilities with discretion and compassion in order to serve the families in my community.
I grew up in the funeral business prior to graduating from Duff’s Business College in Pittsburgh, Jamestown Community College in Jamestown, New York and the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science.
Susan C. Brown
"That into whatsoever house I shall enter, it shall be for the benefit and comfort of these bereaved."
This is just a phrase from the oath that I took when I graduated from mortuary school. I have spent my entire funeral services career as a small town funeral director. I believe that when someone passes away, we as a community grieve for the loss. As a funeral director, I feel I have a responsibility to assist the family in the planning process that will ensure that their loved one is remembered, to comfort the family in thier time of grief, and to respect the religious or spiritual heritage of their loved one.
I graduated from Damascus Jr-Sr High School, MD in 1971. I attended Concord College before transferring to West Liberty State College, WC where I majored in comprehensive health education. I later did my post baccalaureate studies in Special Education at Slippery Rock University, PA. I have teaching certificates in health education, driver education and special education. I graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science in the spring of 1975 with a diploma in Mortuary Arts and Sciences. I served my apprenticeship at the former Haslet Funeral Home of Tionesta, Pa and later served as a staff director. I moved to Smith Funeral Home, and later served as a Funeral Director Supervisor for Rasiley Funeral Home of Prospect, PA before coming to McKinney Funeral Homes. I am a licensed funeral dirctor in PA and NY and currently serve as Funeral Director Supervisor of the Sugar Grove Branch of McKinney Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Inc.