Vernon Virgil Kinsey, 89, of Lone Oak, passed away on Dec. 19, 2017. He was born on Aug. 17, 1928, in Bromide, Okla., to Virgil Quincey and Isabell Rowland Kinsey.
Kinsey served in the armed services for 23 months, where he fought in the Korean War.
Immediately on his return home from Japan in 1952, he married Betty Jo Knowles of Mesquite and they recently celebrated 65 years of marriage.
Kinsey loved country music and was a member of the Tawakoni Playboys, where he played the steel guitar and later went on to play the electric guitar and bass.
He was a member of the Hopkins County No. 180 Masonic Lodge for 24 years, where he served as Tyler, Senior Deacon, Senior Stewart and Master Mason.
Kinsey's greatest love was his large family and he looked forward to having the whole family get together as often as possible. He leaves a lifetime of memories and stories that will be passed down for generations to come.
He is survived by his wife, Betty; sons, Larry Kinsey and wife Marie of Lone Oak, Ronny Kinsey and wife Monica of Terrell, Kerry Kinsey and wife Sherry of Kaufman, and Jeff Kinsey and wife Traci of Cumby; daughter, Denise Fulk and husband Harold of Paris; brother, Kenneth Kinsey of Gun Barrel City; 13 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Kinsey was preceded in death by his parents, seven brothers and sisters, and one great-grandchild.
Service is scheduled for 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017, at the Eubank Funeral Home in Canton with Audie Gilbreath officiating. Interment will be in Haven of Memories Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 22, at the Bull Creek Cowboy Church in Lone Oak and one hour prior to the service on Saturday, at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will include grandsons Jason Petty, Aaron Kinsey, Jake Petty, Josh Petty, Cody Kinsey and Dillon Kinsey. Blake Langford and Tyler Childers will serve as honorary pallbearers.
Published on December 21, 2017