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Parkway Funeral Home & Parkway Memorial Cemetery

1161 Highland Colony Pkwy, Ridgeland, MS

OBITUARY

David Eugene "Gene" Vinson

February 2, 1943February 3, 2020

David Eugene Vinson, 77 died February 3rd. Visitation will be at Parkway Funeral Home on Highland Colony Pkwy in Ridgeland on Thursday, February 6th from 9-11 am with a service to follow. Gene will long be remembered for the high value he placed on friendship and his years of public service as an educator.

Gene was born in New Orleans on February 2, 1943. He was the son of David and Jeanette Vinson. Gene graduated from Provine High School in 1961 where he played baseball and ran track. He received his bachelor and doctorate from USM where he was a member of Kappa Alpha fraternity.

Gene worked for 36 years with JPS serving as a teacher, counselor, principal, and director. He served as principal at Murrah and Callaway High Schools and as Director of Adult Education. As the Adult Education Director, Gene had the vision of expanding the program to include community education for local citizens. Later, he saw the need for affordable after school care. He implemented the Extended Day Enrichment program which allowed students to stay after school to not just play but to have time for homework and educational activities. Gene was also instrumental in creating the largest GED testing program in Mississippi. A leader who truly cared about people, he was an inspiration to his staff and a leader in his field serving as President of the MS Adult Education Association and the MS Community Education Association.

After retiring from JPS, he taught for seven years at Millsaps College. An active hobbyist and adventurer, Gene bicycled from Jackson to New Orleans and backpacked in the Rockies with friends. Gene enjoyed woodworking, reading, gardening, tennis, golf and entertaining at his weekend farm.

Gene is predeceased by his first wife Charlotte Mathison Vinson and his sister Jane Parsons. Gene is survived by his wife Margaret Brown Vinson, his son David Bane Vinson, his brother in law Sonny Parsons, his step-children Martin Willoughby (Nicki) and Margaret Swayze (Rob) and five step-grandchildren.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, February 6, 2020
  • Memorial Service Thursday, February 6, 2020

Memories

David Eugene "Gene" Vinson

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Bob and Alva Lynne Bailey

February 6, 2020

You are in our prayers. So sorry for your loss.

Sharon McAllister

February 5, 2020

Mr. Vinson was our principal at Murrah High School. He drove the school bus that took the Murrah Singers to Hattiesburg to perform. Our music teacher Mr. Twyner said, we have a great principal!

Sharon Leggett

February 5, 2020

Margaret,

Tommy and I were so sorry to hear of Gene's unexpected death. I enjoyed getting to know Gene through the many years we both worked with the GED program. He was an outstanding educator who did so much to improve the futures of an untold number of people in the Jackson area. I hope it brings you some comfort knowing how respected he was and how loved he was by so many people.

I'm happy that y'all were able to have the years together that you did and that his last day was one that he was enjoying being with you and friends. Please know that we are thinking of you and praying for you and your family as you face this very difficult time.

Sharon

Mellany and Larry Kitchens

February 5, 2020

Gene was an exceptional person and he will be sorely missed. He always checked on Larry if he couldn't play tennis or was feeling poorly. I always loved being around him because he was always smiling and happy. Margaret, we cannot express how sorrowful we are that he has left this earth, but we know in our heart of hearts that he is with the Father and happier still. May you be comforted in the days to come and please know that you will be in our prayers daily.

Tom Williams

February 4, 2020

Prayers for Margaret and other family members. Gene was a true gentleman who will be missed by his friends. His kind, friendly manner reflected a person who loved life and who cared deeply for everyone he met.

Cindy Bland

February 4, 2020

Dr . Vinson hired me in 1992 to work with the Adult Edcation and After Care program at Duling. When I think of him, I remember how nice he was, his sense of humor and his smile. He was one of the best. He will be greatly missed. Thoughts and prayers going out to his family🙏🏻

Rick Hudgens

February 4, 2020

Margaret, I am so sorry for your loss.I know your children and all your friends will be there for you and just remember all the happy memories and times you and Gene had.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY