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Thomas Kinsey

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Thomas H. Kinsey, 79, of Lamar, Mo., formerly of Kennett, died Monday, May 28, 2012, at his home at the Truman Health Care Center in Lamar.

Thomas was born Wednesday, Oct. 5 1932, to Thomas Yancey Kinsey and Lola Catherine Baker Kinsey in East St. Louis, Ill. The family moved several times before settling in Kennett in the mid-1930s.

He graduated Kennett High School in 1950 and began working at the Bank of Kennett the same year. He served as bookkeeper, teller, head cashier, loan officer, and Vice President in Kennett, executive Vice President of Citizens' Bank of Pacific and President of the Bank of Crane before returning to Kennett in 1982.

A longtime member of the First Baptist Church, he served as deacon, choir member, soloist and in many other capacities. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club of Kennett, serving as Secretary/Treasurer and President (twice). He served as a KPD Auxiliary Officer and Dunklin County Sheriff's Patrol officer. After retiring from a VP position at the Bank of Kennett in 1997, he continued his volunteer police work for several more years.

Late in life he struggled with various illnesses including Parkinson's disease.

Tom is survived by his wife, Nancy Kinsey, of Lamar, formerly of Kennett; son, Kevin Kinsey, of Jasper, Mo., and wife, Anita White Kinsey; son Brian Keith Kinsey, of Rolla, Mo.; daughter, Kara Kinsey Dray and husband, Kevin of Bartlesville, Okla., and three grandchildren, Jared Kinsey and Caitlyn Kinsey, both of Jasper, and Grace Dray, of Bartlesville.

Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, May 31, and services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, June 1, at the McDaniel Funeral Chapel in Kennett.

Interment will follow in the Oak Ridge Cemetery at Kennett.