Mary Annette Brock McKinnon

Mary Annette Brock McKinnon, 85, of Folkston, died October 12, 2019 at her home surrounded by her loving family.  Annette was born June 13, 1934, in Folkston to the late Thomas Gordon (Tom) and Thelma Jones Brock.  She graduated from Charlton County High School in 1952 as the Class Salutatorian. She was named All Region Basketball three times during high school. Annette graduated from Georgia Teachers College (Georgia Southern University) in Statesboro in 1955, where she majored in English and minored in Physical Education. Annette met her future husband while at college on the famous Georgia Southern Sweetheart Circle.  Annette married George Robert “Mac” McKinnon June 30, 1957. 

Annette was a dedicated Middle School English teacher for 37 years. She taught seventh and eighth grade the majority of her career. Her teaching career included teaching in Savannah; Charleston, South Carolina; Limestone, Maine; and Folkston.  Annette retired from teaching in 1993.

Annette was a member of Folkston United Methodist Church. She and Mac served as MYF leaders and President of the Keenagers. Annette was also a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Tau Chapter (professional honors society) and the Folkston Business and Professional Women’s Club and The Folkston Bridge Club. She was a Charlton County Band Booster and served as President in the 70s.  Annette was an avid sports fan. She attended and followed Charlton County Indian football, the Atlanta Braves, and the Georgia Bulldogs. 

Annette’s hobbies were reading, playing cards and traveling.

Annette’s greatest joy, after her grandchildren, was having former students come across the room to give her a hug of recognition and appreciation.

Along with her parents, she is preceded in death by her grandson, Ryan Mark Chesser; her older brother, J.M. Brock of Folkston; and infant sister, Martha Brock.  

She is survived by her husband, George Robert “Mac” McKinnon and her children, Brock McKinnon, of Crystal River, FL  and Cathy (Mark) Chesser, of Folkston; grandchildren, Rebecca (Dylan) Coon, of Salt Lake City, Utah and Reece Chesser, of Folkston; great-grandchildren, Harlow Belle Coon, Everlee Mac Coon, and Tanzie Ryan Coon. Brother, Thomas (Joy) Brock, of Waycross, and a sister, Vivian (Wayne) Fowler, of Opelika, AL; and numerous other relatives and beloved friends.  

Funeral services were held Wednesday, October 16 at First United Methodist Church of Folkston with Rev. Dan Underwood officiating.  Memorialization will be by cremation. The family received friends in the church social hall, following the service.  Honorary pallbearers were Layton Thomas, Jimmy Brock, Kyle Brock, Kelly Brooks, Patrick Brooks, Thomas Brooks, Bill Brock, Robert Jones, and Clint Johnson.

Condolences may be expressed by signing the guest registry at  Arrangements are under the direction of Shepard-Roberson Funeral Home in Folkston.

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