|Birth: ||Feb. 2, 1917, USA|
|Death: ||Jul. 11, 2009|
Celebration of Life: M. R. "Vinnie" Vinson
Burial: July 13, 2009
Officiated by: Reverend Albert E. Fisher of Key Memorial United Methodist Church, Sherman TX
Story by: Lisa Thornhill
Thirty-six years ago, I met a gentle man who exemplified Jesus' serving spirit in all that he did. Vinnie, as his friends and grandchildren called him, was always available to help anyone. He married my husband's grandmother and accepted, raised and loved her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren as his own. From my perspective I watched him care for an ailing wife and share life with his new grandchildren in the most special Christ-like spirit. He was a constant in Dot and Gene's lives caring in every way for Garry, Larry, Terry and Sam. He celebrated all of their joys and triupmhs as his own. He unselfishly gave to Gene and Dot in the kindest way and changed all of the boy's lives.
While never abandoning his love for this family, he was able in the past 23 years to share with another loving family he loved and who loved him. His wife, Helen, and her daughter Peggy's whole Klas family also experienced Vinnie's loving spirit. They were prvy to the same love and unselfishness as had been given to the Thornhills for so many years. His face glowed when he talked of Deedee's successes and Gevins two sweet little girls.
Vinnie unselfishly helped Gene and Dot with the kids and certainly taught my husband so many self-less attitudes by example. He was always there for help physically and with encouragement. Vinnie was all the things a young boy and man sought from a mentor. always availabe to help with a carpentry project, at holidays with the turkey basting or carving, and sharing any kind of his fount of knowledge when requested. His home was always open to others including a daughter-in law Wanda, and two grandsons,--Glynn Allen and Garry.
Many people knew and loved Vinnie in the community for his kind spirit and his friendly ways. He transitioned into Helen's family and brought a sharing with her that I saw as a reward for all he had done for so many years.
While we cannot wish for Vinnie to suffer any longer and know that this is not his home, we know that like the groundhog, he celebreated his birthday with, shadow or not we all have benefited and will continue to benefit long after 6 months all the things he menat and shared with all of us.
I am sure that all I have observed will qualify for God acknowledging to Vinnie, "Well done, my good and faithful servant."
Kendall Chapel Cemetery
Created by: Robin Inge
Record added: Aug 08, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 40422046