Tracie Yolanda McKinney Durant-Garrett was born to the parentage of John Henry and Grace Delores McKinney, in Dallas, Texas. She received her formal education at Roger Q. Mills Elementary; Oliver Wendell Holmes Junior High; Franklin D. Roosevelt High School and graduating from Sunset High School in 1988. She later matriculated to Letourneau University (Associate Degree); University of Phoenix (Bachelor of Science Degree); Southern Bible Institute; and Criswell College Master of Divinity. She accepted Christ at an early age at Full Gospel Holy Temple, under the leadership of The Apostle Lobias Murray.
Tracie was employed for many years in the Accounting Department for the Perot Companies and Ernst and Young. She later founded “Hope For Girls,” a Non-Profit Organization where she worked with women of all ages to help them heal from their brokenness.
Tracie married the love of her life, Pastor Harry Garrett on October 27, 2002, and she was the beloved mother of her son, Trey. As the First Lady of Hope of Glory Community Church, she wore numerous hats, serving as Youth Advisor, Women’s Sunday School Teacher, Bible Study Instructor. She hosted numerous Women’s Conferences and Prayer Breakfasts and she served as Chairman of the Women’s Annual Day and was honored as Woman of the Year in 2008.
Tracie’s energizing presence affected her local community where she served as a mentor and counselor of Women and Young Ladies for more than 25 years. Her love for speaking effectively help change the hearts and minds of others. Tracie has been speaking for as long as she could remember, starting in Elementary School. To name a few, she was the guest speaker of Dudley’s Graduating Class, The Women’s Annual Day at Jordan Missionary Baptist Church, Greater Community Baptist Church, The Metropolitan Baptist Minister’s Wives and Widows, and Women of Purpose where she is a member of the Board.
She was preceded in death by her father, John McKinney; her mother, Delores Carter McKinney; her grandparents, Nathan and Ruby Carter; her uncle, Jesse Christian; and her aunt, Reva Taylor.
Tracie Leaves a Legacy of Enduring Love to her husband, Pastor Harry Garrett; her son, Trey Durant; her daughter, Sonnie Garrett; her grandson, Carson Hill; her god-daughter, Dominique Slaughter; her brother, Tony Carter; her two sisters, Tina Crawford (Edmund) and Tujunia McKinney; her niece, Tiffany McKinney Harrington (Antwon); her nephews, Glenn Mills IV, and Marcus Hardeman; her great nephew, Zion Harrington; her aunt, Joyce Wright; her uncle, James Taylor; first cousins, Michael Wright, Diane Wright, Terry Wright, Kevin Taylor, Yvette Taylor, Kemp Taylor, Kemon Taylor, Kent Taylor, Kirk Taylor, Kelan Taylor, and Rikeda Taylor; special friends, Frances L. Davis and Ella Judie; Hope of Glory Community Church; Hope For Girls Organization and numerous relatives and friends.
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