OBITUARY

Irene King Vinson

April 2, 1931December 30, 2018
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After a long and beautiful life, Jannie Bell Irene King Vinson went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Sunday, December 30 at the age of 87. Born 2 April 1931, as the eldest of eight children to Dossie and Rosa King (nee Evans), Irene will be lovingly remembered by her friends and family for her huge heart, playful demeanor, and many talents. Her love of life and people was evident and she could light up any room with her smile, stories, and laughter. She attended Toone School and later in life completed her high school courses by correspondence. She grew up in the farm life and knew hard work from just about everything on the farm - even “gee hawing” a mule. As a young mother, she pulled an eight foot cotton sack, often with one of her children laying on the tail end of it. In the home, she was blessed with remarkable creative talents as she lovingly sewed and crocheted many works of art. Her baby shower gifts were often handmade bonnets or booties and she ensured her grandchildren and great grandchildren each had a handmade quilt especially crafted for them. She loved to cook and no one left her table hungry and no church dinner was complete without her made-from-scratch banana pudding or coconut pie. Her pancakes, biscuits, fried chicken, and fried chocolate pies were some family favorites. She sang, danced, played guitar and piano and would often say, “I have music in my bones!” In her later years, she sang with “The Golden Sounds” and volunteered her time to sing with the residents of Pine Meadows Nursing Home where she was once named “Volunteer of the Year”. Irene shared the love of Jesus Christ with others through her words and deeds. She spent many years playing piano and singing in the church choir and taught many Sunday School classes. A charter member of Cloverport Baptist; she was, most recently, the eldest member of Maple Springs Baptist Church near Mercer, Tenn where she was an inspiration with her faithful attendance. Irene is survived by two sisters, Emogene Walton of Bolivar, Tenn., Margie Arnold of Paris, Tenn.; one son, Kenneth Douglas Vinson (Sonia) of Cloverport, Tenn.; two granddaughters Teri Jo Read (David) of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Wendy Vinson Ray (Chris) of Mamaroneck, NY; and six great grandchildren Aspen, Joshua, Mara, Willow, Rowan and Jacob. She will also be lovingly remembered by many nieces, nephews, extended family and dear friends. She was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years Wallace Woodrow Vinson and son, Dennis Woodrow Vinson. A memorial service and celebration of life will be held on Tuesday, January 1, at 1:00 p.m. at Smith’s South Chapel in Jackson, with burial in Maple Springs Cemetary. Visitation will begin at 11:00 am. Memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society, National Kidney Foundation or Maple Springs Baptist Church.

Services

  • Visitation with Friends and Loved Ones Tuesday, January 1, 2019
  • The Funeral Service Tuesday, January 1, 2019
REMEMBERING

Irene King Vinson

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Randy Nelson

January 2, 2019

Thanks for sharing the pictures. I remember Ms Irene from church at Cloverport when we would visit from Knoxville. My mom Joyce would sing with her brother "Shug"(James) King and Ms Irene would be playing the piano and sometimes sing too. She sang at my Mama Rea's funeral years ago and they are having a big time now with our Lord Jesus! Glory! Praying for her family.

Thelma Moore

January 1, 2019

Irene was a beloved neighbor who lived just up and across the road from my mom & dad when I was born. So she knew me from the day I was born & I knew her from as soon as I knew anything. I have always loved Irene. She was a wonderful Christian woman and she influenced all my family in a very positive way. She taught Sunday School, VBS, played piano, sang, and worked tirelessly for the Lord in any way possible. She taught all three of my children in Sunday School & VBS and I loved her deeply. I am so sorry that I didn't make it to visitation or her funeral. I had plans with some of my family that I felt that I couldn't cancel. She has been on my mind & my heart since before she passed away. She was a true inspiration to so many as she continued to attend Sunday School and church services as often and as long as she was able. Though she will be sorely missed, I know she is in Heaven with Jesus & many of her friends & family. So, goodbye for now, Irene, and I will see you in Heaven when God calls me home.

Janie Phillips

January 1, 2019

Ms. Irene taught me, my siblings and my children in Sunday School and VBS. She was related to my grandfather, Mr. Charlie "Pat" Cox, by marriage and I have just always loved her like family. I am so sorry that we have to go on without her but I have no doubt she's in Heaven and much better off.

Tony Hooper

January 1, 2019

I will always remember Mrs. Irene with love and great memories from my childhood.

Howard and Jean Overton

December 30, 2018

Irene Vinson ,was a wonderful person and one of our Charter members at Cloverport Baptist Church she will be missed by many but not forgotten by the many young people she taught at sunday school,much love and prayers for her family
Howard and Jean Overton ,Cloverport

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