Collins-McKee-Stone Funeral Home

109 Broad Street, Martinsville, VA


James Leo Lavinder Jr.

October 7, 1955August 12, 2019

James Leo Lavinder, Jr., 63, of Martinsville passed away on Monday, August 12, 2019. He was born October 7, 1955 to James Leo Lavinder, Sr. and Shirley Jean Cochran Lavinder.

In addition to his father, James was preceded in death by his brothers, John M. Lavinder and Tom W. Lavinder.

He is survived by his mother; brothers, William H. Lavinder (Joyce) of Atlanta, Ga. and Robert L. Lavinder of Martinsville; nephew, Robby Lavinder; niece, Leah Lavinder; grandparents, John R. and Lucille Stadler, and Leona and A.M. Lavinder.

James was a graduate of Martinsville High School and Averett College. He was a member of Broad Street Christian Church.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, August 16, 2019 at McKee-Stone Funeral Home. The burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Broad Street Christian Church, 106 Broad Street, Martinsville, VA 24112.

Arrangements are by McKee-Stone Funeral Home-Martinsville, VA To express condolences online, please visit www.collinsmckeestonemartinsville.com


  • Broad Street Christian Church


  • Visitation Friday, August 16, 2019


James Leo Lavinder Jr.

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Ellen Hood Rowe

August 19, 2019

I am so sad to hear about this. I went to high school with Jimmy and have so many good memories of him. I remember him as always smiling, engaging his audience, and making us laugh. Everyone liked him and enjoyed hanging out in a group he was in. Seeing such notices is just another reminder that we will all leave this place at some point. I'm very sad for his family and friends.....what a tough loss. We'll reconnect with him some day!

John Wilkens

August 19, 2019

My family sends thoughts and prayers for the Lavinder family .I new Jimmy a long time ago and have good memories of him.RIP Jimmy.

Lavinder Family

August 17, 2019

We would like to extend our thanks to McKee-Stone Funeral Home for everything they have done for our family during this time of need. A special thanks to Rose Howell and Mike Rodgers as they were very attentive through this process. We have used McKee-Stone Funeral Home for years and will continue to do so.

The Lavinder Family

Lavinder Family

August 17, 2019

We would love to give a huge and grateful thanks to everyone who came to Jimmy's visitation on Friday evening. We did not expect so many people to attend. We love you all for your support in our time of need. It was a tremendous help to our MOM who has suffered through more than any one person should in a life time. That alone makes us most grateful! We will miss Jimmy in many ways but we are thankful for the time we had with him and the memories that we will forever hold dear. May God bless you all!!!
The Lavinder Family

Robert Anderson

August 16, 2019

My sincere condolences to the family. One of the five “Smilin’ Faces” from the 1974 Mavahi Senior Assembly, Jimmy brought smiles to a lot of faces.
Very sorry to see this news.

Bunnie Gore

August 14, 2019

Aunt Shirley, Bill ,Joyce and Robert . On behalf of the Gore and Stadler families we are keeping you in our prayers . All of us looked up to Jimmy . We will miss his wit and infectious smile. Sending all of our love. Bunnie Gore , Myrtle Beach ,S.C.

Beth Heldreth-Smith

August 14, 2019

Jimmy and my brother were great friends. It was almost like having two younger brothers. He always made me laugh. He will be missed.

David Draper

August 14, 2019

Jimmy was my good friend for many years. I loved his sense of humor and his satirical outlook on life. We shared many good times together and I will miss his hearty laughter and warm smile. RIP Jimmy.