Dana Austin McKisson, warehouse manager for Centrifuge Media, died after a brief illness on December 19, 2020 at the age of 58 in his Rougemont home following a brief bout of cancer. He was surrounded by the intense love and support of his immediate family.
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Dana is survived by his wife, Kimberly (Jones) McKisson; his daughters, Taylor Austin Raymer and Carlyn Elizabeth Fowler; his son-in-law, Connor Fowler; and his beloved granddaughter, Spencer Austin Raymer, who affectionately called him “Daya.”
Born in Mentor, Ohio, Dana was the oldest son of Dean McKisson and Marjorie Hughes McKisson. He was a graduate of Vance High School and attended Louisburg College. Dana married the love of his life, Kim, in 1983 while serving as a medic in the United States Army. They welcomed two beautiful daughters in 1988 and 1991, who were the most important parts of Dana’s life.
Dana was an avid Duke basketball fan and enjoyed following them over many states to watch them play. He also loved his BMWs and John Deere lawn mowers, and could be found on most Saturday afternoons tinkering on them in his garage. He was a self-taught mechanic who could take apart almost any motor, repair it, and reassemble it without too many leftover pieces.
His family will celebrate his life privately at one of his favorite places, Ocean Isle Beach, in the spring of 2021.