James Douglas "Jimmy" Vinson

Posted: Tue 7:27 AM, Dec 04, 2012
Funeral Home: Madisonville Funeral Home
October 4, 1945 - December 2, 2012

James (Jimmy) Douglas Vinson was born on October 4, 1945, in Sikeston, Missouri and went to be with his Lord on December 2, 2012 surrounded by his family.

Jimmy became a part of the Madisonville community when he took the job of head basketball coach of Madisonville High School in 1974. Over the years, Jimmy held the positions of teacher, coach, business manager, and principal in several of the Madison County communities including Iola, Normangee, North Zulch and Madisonville. He ended his educational career in 2004 as superintendent of Madisonville Consolidated Independent School District. After retirement, Jimmy worked for Region 6 Educational Service Center where he worked to help numerous school districts. He also started his own business, DRV Educational Solutions. Jimmy spent his life trying to help others whether they were students, coworkers, friends or family. He truly made a difference in the lives of so many. He was a man with a servant's heart and was happiest when he was doing for others. In his spare time, he loved spending time with his family whether he was sitting in the yard, playing games with his grandchildren or cooking for his family. Jimmy was a faithful member of the First United Methodist Church of Madisonville, where he served on many committees and taught Sunday School through the years. Jimmy's strong faith was an important part of his life. He always said that God came first in everything. He made sure that his family knew that and lived his life that way. He was a great man and his smile and contagious laughter will be missed by many.

He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Linda Vinson, of Madisonville, Texas, his daughter Leigh Ann Dyer and her husband Mark Dyer and his grandchildren Haleigh and Jacob Dyer, all of Houston, Texas, his mother and stepfather, Wilburn and Ruby Fischer of Corpus Christi, Texas, his siblings and their families, John Vinson and his wife Rose Vinson of Madisonville, Texas, Patricia Duncan and her husband Billy Duncan of Smithville, Oklahoma, Cynthia Russell and her husband Roger Russell of Germantown, Tennessee, Billy Vinson and his wife Cindy Vinson of Denver, Colorado, Donna Slaughter and her husband Patton Slaughter of Corpus Christi, Texas, Katherine Livergood and her husband Russ Livergood of Agoura Hills California, Michael Fischer and his wife Holly Fischer of Princeville, Hawaii and Theresa Alexander and her husband Kevin Alexander of Spring, Texas, as well as numerous other family members and friends and his little dog Kippy. Jimmy was preceded in death by his father, James Clarence Vinson.

Services will be held on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 3 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church with Dr. George Wilson officiating. Burial will follow at the Madisonville City Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Keith Smith, Jarrod Byrd, Trae Poe, David Phinney, Ray Court and Mike Cousins. A host of friends will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Visitation will be from 6 pm to 8 pm on Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at the Madisonville Funeral Home.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers contributions be made to the James Vinson Memorial Scholarship Fund. These can be mailed to P.O. Box 543, Madisonville, Texas 77864.

Madisonville Funeral Home, 1511 E. Main, Madisonville, TX 77864, is in charge of arrangements.

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