Rocky McKinley Fox

Rocky McKinley Fox, 61 passed away peacefully in his sleep from natural causes at his home on Saturday, September 18th, 2021. Rocky was born on December 26, 1959 in South Bend, Indiana to the late Clifford McKinley and Buenita Jean Webster Fox. Rocky and his family moved to Florence, Kentucky in 1961. He graduated from Boone County High School in 1977. Shortly after graduation, he moved to Johnson City, Tennessee where he started his career with the airline industry. He worked part-time at United Coal Company, Appalachia Flying Service, and Piedmont Airlines. In the early nineteen eighties, he was offered a full time position with Piedmont Airlines, which brought him to Charlotte, NC. He was still working for what is now American Airlines at the time of his passing.

Rocky was of the Christian faith whose final journey took him back to be with the Lord, his father, mother, and mother-in-law, Ruth Kibling.

Those left to cherish his memory are his daughter Brianna Nicole Fox, wife Judy, and step-son Nic Kibling; sister Kitty Shelton & husband Ken; sister Wendy Fox & long-time partner Scott Jones. His nephews Stephen Shelton; Drew Shelton & wife Sarah and Father-in-law Bernie Kibling.

There will be a Celebration of Rocky’s life on Thursday September, 23 2021 at Salem United Methodist Church 378 N Pilot Knob Rd Denver, NC 28037. The family will receive friends from 5 to 6 pm. The service will begin at 6pm. The Reverend Eric Lane will be officiating the service.

The Good Samaritan Funeral Home is serving the Fox Family. Condolences to the family may be sent through the funeral homes website at

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Rocky’s name to the American Heart Association

Due to the smaller size of the Sanctuary, the family is requesting that everyone who attends, wear a mask.

7 Responses to Rocky McKinley Fox

  1. Dean Surrett September 21, 2021 at 2:47 pm #

    I enjoyed working with Rocky in Charlotte. He was Great Guy and a Awesome Guy to Work With….
    You will be missed!
    Rest in Peace My Friend!…

  2. Ron Toney September 22, 2021 at 8:07 am #

    I haven’t seen Rocky in a while but worked many years with him here in CLT. A truly wonderful, easy going hard working man. I know he will be missed and I was really saddened to hear of his passing. Prayers for him and his family as you all go through this. See you at the airport in the sky one day……the airport code there is GOD.

  3. Prentice K Carter September 22, 2021 at 8:18 am #

    Rip Rocky

  4. Nathan Freeman September 22, 2021 at 12:12 pm #

    I’ve worked many a day with Rocky and it was always a privilege o be around him. We love Rocky out at the airport and was tough when he passed. Give Jesus a hug for us Rocky.

  5. Mark Pompe September 22, 2021 at 12:57 pm #

    We will miss you Rocky Fox AIC. You were a joy to be around.

  6. Richard Sanders September 22, 2021 at 5:53 pm #

    It was certainly my pleasure to know and work with Rocky all these years in CLT . He was as good as they come and a very smart man . RIP Rocky and I’ll see you again one day .

  7. Kent Tiny Brewer October 3, 2021 at 2:03 pm #

    Rocky was one of those guys that always spoke to you and made you feel right at home even while at work. He Always waved at you as they were passing by in the brakeriders tug and was a good friend to me!

    Man it’s hard to hear about him leaving us ,But someday I’ll get to see you again brother right beside of our Heavenly Father !

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