Addison John-Paul McKinley, 14, of Petal, Miss., died Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at Forrest General Hospital. He was a student in the Petal School District and had just completed the eighth grade. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. His hobbies included playing golf, football and baseball. An outdoor enthusiast, he also loved riding dirt bikes, hunting and fishing.
He leaves behind his parents, Paul and Beth McKinley, his sister, Gabrielle McKinley and his grandmother, Jean Graham, all of Petal.
Addison was preceded in death by his grandparents, Jimmy and Kathy Addison, Gene Graham and Johnny McKinley.
Funeral services were Friday, June 21 at Calvary Baptist Church in Petal. Interment followed in the Hillcrest Cemetery.
Active pallbearers were Wade Westbrook, Zane Westbrook, Jason McGilberry, Lee Baugh, Chris Addison, Dillion Buchanan, Gabe Wheat and Trey Steele.
Addison will be missed by all who knew and loved him. He lived his life to the fullest and the following quote fits him perfectly.
“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and wellpreserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming ‘Wow! What a ride!’ Keep on riding, #15!