Melinda Bowen

Obituary of Melinda McKinney Bowen

Melinda McKinney Bowen, 59, passed away in Ocala, Florida on May 11, 2020. She was born on April 15, 1961 in Benton, Arkansas to Donald Gene McKinney and Pauline D. Baker.

Melinda’s career in trucking began in her youth when, on family vacations, she would lay in the rear car window and motion for passing trucks to honk their horns. After dabbling in other careers, she settled into a career in the trucking industry and soon became a joint owner operator driving coast-to-coast across the country. Melinda never met a stranger and was always forging new friendships wherever she went. She lived life with gusto and a smile on her face. Rest in peace Stormy. You will be missed.

She is preceded in death by her parents and her brother Donald Joe (Sonny) McKinney.

She is survived by her stepmother, Ima Pauline McKinney of Bryant, her stepsister, Joslyn Burleson (Warren) of Benton, her sister Jeanie McKinney Head (Jonathan), of Little Rock, her sister-in-law, Jacquie McKinney, of Van Buren, her devoted friend, Ed Hutchison of Ocala, Florida, and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will hold a private memorial service at a later date. Family members and friends may sign our online guestbook at

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