Obituary: James Samuel McGinnis

October 5, 1939 – August 29, 2022

James Samuel McGinnis, 82, of Mitchell, passed away Monday, August 29, 2022, at Meadow View Health and Rehabilitation in Salem.

Born October 5, 1939, in Debord, Kentucky, he was the son of James Isaac and Alifair (Cook) Crum. He was married to Diana Mariam Ann Harmon for over 50 years. 

James was a U.S. Army Veteran of the Vietnam War. After he served his country for 24 and a half years, he was a special ed school bus driver. James was a member of the Denbigh American Legion Post 368 in Newport News, Virginia, and VFW Post 9107. He had been a member of Deaf Missionary Church in Norfolk, where he served as a deacon. James enjoyed collecting coins and was an avid giver, always donating to charities.

Survivors include his children Amy (Billy) Slaten of Mitchell, Kathleen Maynard of Delaware, Ohio, and Amanda (Pieter) Blanksma of Leiden, Netherlands; grandchildren, Amanda Dines, Mark Slaten, John Slaten, Hannah Hamrick, Noah Maynard, and Olivia Blanksma; and siblings, Rufus McGinnis of Vancleave, Mississippi, Beulah Spencer of Columbus, Ohio, Georgeanna Tucker of Louisa, Kentucky, Nancy Moore of Louisa, Kentucky, and David McGinnis of Louisa, Kentucky.

His parents; wife; grandson, Daniel McGinnis; son-in-law, Jeff Maynard; and siblings, Lucille Wood, Corrine Holstein, Buford McGinnis, Claire Chambers, Sillar Marie Buffinton, Harry McGinnis, Lewis McGinnis, Virge McGinnis, Robert McGinnis, Doris McGinnis, and Meredith McGinnis, preceded him in death.

James’ arrangements are pending with Denbigh Chapel of Altmeyer Funeral Homes and Crematory in Newport News, Virginia. Burial will be in Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery.

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