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McEwen Funeral Service-Pineville Chapel

10500 Park Road, Charlotte, NC

OBITUARY

James Alexander Vinton

March 30, 1981August 31, 2020

James “Jimmy” Vinton was born on March 30, 1981, in Youngstown, OH to Bruce and Patty (Strauch) Vinton. He was a graduate of Harding University High School in Charlotte, NC and Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC. On June 17, 2006, he married Bevin Buchanan, whom he met in High School.

Jimmy loved animals, especially dogs, and worked in various Veterinary hospitals in and around the Charlotte area. His passion for science brought him to his career in clinical research. He fiercely loved his friends, and he was completely devoted to those whom he cared about. Jimmy loved the band Nirvana and carried around his childhood stuffed animal “Blue-boy” for 39 years. He was an avid reader, an ally to his LGBTQ+ community, and a political advocate. On August 31, 2020, James Alexander Vinton of Rock Hill, SC, passed away at the age of 39.

Jimmy was preceded in death by his maternal Grandparents, Alex and Martha Strauch of Youngstown, OH; his paternal Grandparents James and Martha Vinton of Grove City, PA; his Uncle James Robert Vinton of New Castle, PA; his Uncle Thomas Spanglehour of Temple, GA; and his Aunt Margaret “Margie” Bibbs of North Olmsted, OH.

He is survived by his wife Bevin Vinton; his parents, Bruce and Patty Vinton; his brother Michael and husband Tony Spatafora; his niece Suzanna; his sister Jennifer and husband DJ Millmann; his Aunt Lynda Vinton; and several cousins, and grand cousins, nieces, as well as his cherished companion, his dog “Jethro”.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in his name to Winthrop University, to the Winthrop Fund, and include in the comments that this is to further clinical research.

The family will be hosting a celebration of Jimmy's life on Sunday, September 6, 2020 at 3pm at South Charlotte Banquet Center.

9009 Bryant Farms Rd, Charlotte, NC 28277

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Deanna Jobe

September 8, 2020

I'm still shocked by this loss but can't help remembering many good times including the first time I met you at the Scharkopf's New Year's Eve Party 2012 and we immediately hit it off because we all shared a similar perverted sense of humor. You instantly made me laugh and feel at ease like I had met more of my people. We never got to spend much time together but I got regular updates on how everyone was doing down there and always thought of you Bevin and Jimmy. You will be missed greatly as you were loved tremendously on this Earth.

Eric Price

September 7, 2020

I lost track of most of my friends from high school over the years but back then Jimmy was like the hub to our wheel of friends.

He was like the glue that held us together as a group. He was the reason we did anything together at all! Jimmy always organized our outings like going to see the opening of new Star Wars movies. birthday parties, study groups, etc

Jimmy also looked out for me in class. He covered for me for three whole years of Latin class (I really didn't get Latin at all, just ask Bevin). I also remember our physics study group, Jimmy convinced me that I actually did understand physics and that I should keep going so we can all pass, lol!

Jimmy and Bevin came to my wedding last year in Miami and it was really nice to see them again. Unfortunately it was a very busy day for me and I didn't get much time to catch up with them.

But after all this time I always remember a conversation I had about fatherhood with Jimmy. I told him that I thought he would be a good father someday (an odd thing to say amongst 10th graders). Jimmy replied that he thought I would also be a good father. It wasn't a particularly long or detailed conversation. I don't even remember exactly what made me think it. I guess I just thought he has a lot of empathy for others and an intuition for keeping the group together.

I asked him at my wedding last year if he remembered that conversation, he said he did and that he actually thought about it frequently. I regret not doing more to keep up tabs with Jimmy.

The strangest thing was that the day I got the call about Jimmy no longer being with us was also the day I became a father. My wife and I had just gotten home from the hospital with our new baby boy. I don't know what that means but I will always think back fondly of Jimmy.

May he rest in peace.

Eric Price

September 7, 2020

I lost track of most of my friends from high school over the years but back then Jimmy was like the hub to our wheel of friends.

He was like the glue that held us together as a group. He was the reason we did anything together at all! Jimmy always organized our outings like going to see the opening of new Star Wars movies. birthday parties, study groups, etc

Jimmy also looked out for me in class. He covered for me for three whole years of Latin class (I really didn't get Latin at all, just ask Bevin). I also remember our physics study group, Jimmy convinced me that I actually did understand physics and that I should keep going so we can all pass, lol!

Jimmy and Bevin came to my wedding last year in Miami and it was really nice to see them again. Unfortunately it was a very busy day for me and I didn't get much time to catch up with them.

But after all this time I always remember a conversation I had about fatherhood with Jimmy. I told him that I thought he would be a good father someday (an odd thing to say amongst 10th graders). Jimmy replied that he thought I would also be a good father. It wasn't a particularly long or detailed conversation. I don't even remember exactly what made me think it. I guess I just thought he has a lot of empathy for others and an intuition for keeping the group together.

I asked him at my wedding last year if he remembered that conversation, he said he did and that he actually thought about it frequently. I regret not doing more to keep up tabs with Jimmy.

The strangest thing was that the day I got the call about Jimmy no longer being with us was also the day I became a father. My wife and I had just gotten home from the hospital with our new baby boy. I don't know what that means but I will always think back fondly of Jimmy.

May he rest in peace.

Karen Kolenich

September 6, 2020

Our deepest sympathies at this most difficult time. May Jimmy find eternal peace in the loving arms of our Lord. May the Lord give you, Patty & Bruce, and your entire family peace and strength to get through this most difficult time. All our love.... hugs.... Richard & Karen Kolenich - Youngstown, OH

Rhonda McDonald

September 6, 2020

May Jimmy find rest and peace in the comfort and loving arms of the Lord.

Praying for strength for the entire family. 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

My deepest condolences in your loss.
😔😔

Amber Harvey

September 5, 2020

Dearest Jimmy,

You have given me so many memories of laughing together, picking on Michael, little Jen and Bruce. I will always cherish the memories and the warmth and love you and your family always showed me! I felt like a part of the family, losing you is a loss that no one can ever fill! I pray you are at peace now, looking down and laughing that big laugh, smiling that big smile and knowing just how much you are loved! My prayers will always be with the Vinton family as I know this road is hard and painful. But you are all loved and cherished and please know whatever help and support you ever need, your family and friends are always by your side! I love you all and my deepest condolences.
Love, Amber

Patty VInton

September 4, 2020

My Beloved Son:
When I held you in my arms for the first time on the day you were born, I never imagined I would be saying good bye to you so soon. The first time I looked in your angelic face, I was totally in love.
I always told you that you were "a lot" - a lot of love, a lot of laughter, a lot of tears and a lot of cherished times together.
Your passing has left a gaping hole in my heart that time will never fill.
I wish you peaceful rest and know that the love I have for you will last for eternity.
Mom

Kelly Russell

September 4, 2020

I never saw Jimmy without a big, broad. warm smile on his face. Love, kindness and a big hug was what I could always expect from him. Jimmy I wish you peace and happiness in your next journey. Much love, prayers and blessings to the Vinton family.

Shirley Nestich

September 4, 2020

I will always remember Jimmy with a big heart and loved animals. He found himself working with the Vets. I know he was well liked by everyone. My prayers go out to all the family. May God give all of you strength to go forward.

God Bless

Heather Smith

September 4, 2020

I always thought there would be plenty of time, but twenty years went by so fast. :( <3

FROM THE FAMILY

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